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My Generation

The Who Vinyl
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The Who are an English rock band formed in 1964 by Roger Daltrey (lead vocals, harmonica and guitar), Pete Townshend (guitar, keyboards and vocals), John Entwistle (bass guitar, brass and vocals) and Keith Moon (drums and percussion). They became known for energetic live performances which often included instrument destruction.The Who have sold about 100 million records, and have charted 27 ... Read more in Amazon's The Who Store

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B004C0DP24
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 325,992 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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THE WHO My Generation (1979 UK mono issue of the 1965 12-track LP front laminated picture sleeve reproducing the original album artwork. The sleeve shows minimal shelfwear & the vinyl is immaculate V2179)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A long wait but it's definitely worth it! 10 Sep 2002
Format:Audio CD
As an owner of the previously available CD version it needed something special to persuade me to shell out for the latest offering, despite the extra tracks and remastering.
One listen was enough convince me! The sound is truly superb - crystal clear and just leaps off the CD to invade your space and leave your senses reeling. I was particularly taken with the awesome drumming of Moony - you can almost see him laying into the drumkit. Roger's vocals and John's bass are equally clear and impressive. Shel Talmy has achieved what sounds to me like the perfect mix. Startlingly good!
Two minor gripes - some might find the more restrained Pete Townshend sound takes a bit of getting used to, with his guitar lower in the mix and overdubs missing from a couple of tracks. However this is compensated for by including the original mono versions of "A legal matter" and "My generation" for comparison.
Also, some of the material on the second CD has previously been available and is of variable quality, although some of its belting - the previously unreleased a cappella version of "Anytime you want me" is fantastic.
If you're a Who fan who hasn't heard the 'My Generation' album (or even a non-Who fan!) then this is an absolute must, and for those of you who are already in love with the original, this is still well worth shelling out for - the sound is incredible!
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last! 23 April 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The Who's 1st LP, originally released in the UK on Brunswick, one of Decca's group of labels, had been unavailable in the UK for decades, due to a legal matter involving the group's defection to their manager's new Reaction label, and the ownership of the album master tapes by their former producer, Shel Talmy. Thirty-five years later, after they had almost ended up auctioned on E-bay, the 3-track masters were re-mixed by Shel Talmy into true stereo for the first time and eventually released in a lavish 2CD set, overflowing with bonus tracks of unreleased out-takes and alternative versions. It seemed too good to be true, when first announced, but it almost isn't. The stereo sound is incredibly vibrant and powerful and the Who crackle with a raw energy and with a righteous commitment from each to outdo all the others, a clash of ambition and ego which provides glorious results.
There were slight variations between the UK track-list and its US release, The Who Sing My Generation, which came out later. I'm A Man was replaced by a newer recording, Circles, from 1966. This had been recorded as their intended fourth single, but had been abandoned when the band left the label (Brunswick cheekily released it later as the B-side to A Legal Matter, which was lifted off the album; they mistitled it Instant Party). Both items are included on Disc One, which also houses both sides of their first single and the UK B-side of their second (Anyway Anyhow Anywhere), which was the Otis Blackwell song Daddy Rolling Stone, covered first by Jimmy Ricks and the Ravens but known to the Who from a Sue label single by the Jamaican former-Top Note and Raven, Derek Martin. All of these are also mixed in stereo.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good's Gone - But Not Forgotten 10 Sep 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This deluxe edition of the first Long Player by 'The Who' should tantalize the tastebuds of anyone who professes to love Britpop. The simple truth is that without this album The Jam would still be playing working mens clubs and Noel Gallagher and his cohorts would still be standing in the Kipax wondering why Peter Reid had to go.
There is a poignant quality that it should be released now so soon after the untimely death of the greatest English Rock Bass player, John 'The Ox' Entwhistle.
Just in case you need reminding,John transformed the bass guitar into a lead instrument here. There are no less than 3 separate versions of 'My Generation'. Marvel at the musical athleticism of his bass solo on a paired down, backing track version that hardly misses the infamous D-D-D-altrey vocal at all. More striking is the sheer funk he brings to Godfather James Brown covers 'Please, Please,Please','Shout and Shimmy' and 'I don't mind' that were a staple of their live set at that time.
This extended package is also bang on the money as an historical document, conveying as it does a great sense of time and place: 'Swinging London' when time was money and the royalty rates were costed in farthings. If this really is the sound of four socially incompatible young men steering their weary way through a succession of low big city dives, it makes for some great music.
Of course when you record in hours rather than months or years you retain a certain spontaneity, an endearing roughness that is never crude but always energetic. The whole thing bulges with blue beat majesty.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THIS is the single disc mono edition 24 Nov 2012
By Nick
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I feel the need to clarify to potential purchasers - that this is the single disc mono edition (at least - thats what i received last week!) - so it is as close to the original as you'll ever get!
I wasnt there in '65 when the needle first hit the vinyl - so it is impossible for me to imagine what an impact this album had on people. For me, its very rudimentary Who. Yes, My Generation is incredible, but a lot of the motown/r&b covers on here, with the passage of time, sound fairly awful and vaguely incompetant. I know i'm offending people, but its just what I hear. I am a HUGE Who fan (honest!!) but this album has never done it for me, so fans of the purple patch 1969-73 - could be dissappointed.
However, the sound is crisp, clear, explosive and mono!!! As it should be. So its an essential part of my collection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this album but its a disappointing mono version
I am a fan of the early Who and have various CD and vinyl versions of this classic album.

To my ears this is a poor mono transfer as it sounds tinny and muffled. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gary H
5.0 out of 5 stars My Generation
I love the first two albums of The Who (My Generation and A Quick One). I think The Who should have made more albums like these. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Klas
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good some bad some indifferent
The title of this review says it all. Some of the tracks are excellent but you may have to put up with a couple of indifferent ones.
Published 13 months ago by John Bayliss
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as described
Caution when ordering as there is two versions of this disc and the reviews are shared between both versions so you may end up buying the wrong one. As for the music.... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Baz
5.0 out of 5 stars The first Who LP.
This record is just so important. I still haven't heard anything else to touch it for stirring the emotions but it has to be played loud enough to hurt a bit to get the full... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars not the deluxe but the way this sounded in 1965
there are so many reviews of this i feel its a waste for me to go on and on about this mono cd but they really nailed this one on the head and it... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Edward J. mccarthy Jr.
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed by description
I purchased this record firmly believing it to be the 200g mono version, on receiving I fouind it to be the extremely thin vinyl 80;s release. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mr. Philip Spokes
4.0 out of 5 stars a long wait
This review is for the 2012 mono reissue and where it fits into the "Who landscape".

At last we have the original mono mixes! Read more
Published 19 months ago by opinionated
5.0 out of 5 stars At last, a decent remaster of this album
The CD that Universal released in the '80s was pretty much a quick cash-in, which is what the major labels were doing at the time in order to get as much product out there on the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by William M. Feagin
5.0 out of 5 stars christmas present
Yes I am sure I will like it, that's why I choose it, and the price was very good, (more words needed before you will accept my submission!
Published 19 months ago by shorty
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