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Who Sings My Generation CD
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This 1965 debut heralded a rock revolution with incendiary anthems like My Generation; The Kids Are Alright , and Out in the Street . An utterly explosive all-time classic!
A glowering cover photo, on-the-run sound quality, and music to match. That's My Generation, and while it's hardly as consistent as The Who Sell Out, it's just as much fun to play. With the band steamrolling the title anthem, "The Kids Are Alright," "A Legal Matter," and a couple of James Brown covers, you can bet it was for them, too. Rock & roll for the hottest day of summer. --Rickey Wright
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This is the CD version of the original American issue of the album, which means the tracklist differs from the original and superior UK album in a number of ways. I'm A Man has been removed. The Kids Are Alright is the 7" single version with its noisy middle section edited out. Circles, actually recorded a few months after the release of the album, has been tagged onto the end and has a noticeably rougher sound quality than the rest of the material.
The CD was originally released as a budget-price seller by MCA, which is reflected in the low quality artwork.
Now, the positives.
This CD uses the original 1965 mono mix of the album, not the recently invented stereo remix.
There's a low-end warmth to this disc which is lacking with the more recent CD issues (the Deluxe stereo edition and the remastered Japanese mono edition). I also find I can play it at far higher volumes than the aforementioned without suffering any harshness to the ears.
So even if you already own the modern Deluxe stereo remaster it IS worth considering buying this version, because it's a different listening experience.
And, the music?
In brief, its turbo-charged London Mod R&B. But this is not an album full of clones of the ferocious title track. It is at times more interesting - and subtle - than that. Powerchord explosions and bursts of Pop-Art noise crop up at the most unexpected moments.
It's certainly an album which on a cursory initial inspection may leave the uninitiated feeling somewhat disappointed that it doesn't feature more songs like the title track, or in the style of the band's early singles, I Can't Explain or Anyway Anyhow Anywhere. But it's also an album which can pay *great* dividends if one takes the time to give it a chance and actually *listen* to what's going on.
One slight annoyance is the added piano player, a session musician brought in by Producer Shel Talmy. Although he doesn't feature on every track his tinkling does at times detract slightly from the aggressive nature of the music.
So to sum up, I'm giving 4 stars out of 5 to "The Who Sings My Generation".
PS: A quick warning. When this title was very first released on CD in the 1980s it was processed in horrible fake stereo. That mistake was rectified with subsequent pressings. If you're buying a 1990's pressing you should be perfectly fine, but if you get a really early copy that sounds a bit odd, that's probably why.
It's a pity that the original "Kids" is only available on the big box set - it had an extended guitar solo. Same goes for "I'm a man", but at least "Circles" (which I've never heard - I have the original UK issue of this album) is not easily available, so maybe this US issue is not such a misshapen effort as other US albums by UK bands.
"La la la lies" is tuneful, "The ox", an instrumental, shows Keith at his best, and "It's not true", in which Roger denies various vicious rumours about "himself" is just hilarious ("I haven't got eleven kids, I weren't born in Baghdad. I'm not half Chinese either and I didn't kill my dad"), and ends with a My generationesque defiant "so there!".
If you love The Who's early singles ("Can't explain", "Anyway, anyhow, anywhere", "My generation"), I expect you'll love this, and you'll find on this album some of the songs that appear in such tantalising snatches in the background of the Quadrophenia album.
This is a must for a mods and Who fans, even the not so serious ones. The Who rock!
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