Who fans will be delighted to finally get a general release of the original mono version. The mono mix together with the stereo mix plus bonus tracks has of course been available in a Japanese limited edition deluxe box which I was lucky enough to pick up on release in 2008. My Generation (Collectors Box SHM-CD) I wonder why Japan gets releases that are in every way superior to the ones for the rest of the world. Please discuss.
Like most releases from the 1960s The Who's were made for the "mono" market and this is how they are best heard. When My Generation and the rest were released people were listening on mono equipment and the stereo mix was only released - if at all - as an afterthought. Stereo was considered a very niche market. I believe EMI were really surprised that when they re-released the re-mastered Beatles catalogue in 2009 how much interest was shown in the specially prepared, and limited number, mono box. If only ALL artists from the 1960s - obviously including The Who - could have their catalogues released similarly, then the fans could make up their own minds which version to go for - and not just be lumbered with the usually inferior stereo mix.