This review is for the 2012 mono reissue and where it fits into the "Who landscape".
At last we have the original mono mixes! This sounds exactly the same as my original Brunswick vinyl, minus scratches, so job done there. Packaging, as others have indicated, is minimal, but the music is what matters most.
This goes some way to redressing the damage done by the 2002 stereo remaster. (which is still here on my shelves, due to the odd singles, B sides and super packaging) The yawning gaps & clumsy edits on show here should never have got past "quality control" IMHO.
Couldn't stop myself, sorry, back to the mono CD.
Five star music, four star packaging, three star overall value, -3 stars because, if you have bought Who LPs & CDs previously, as I have over the years, you do begin to wonder quite when a definitive edition of anything will ever be delivered! (three versions of A Quick One, four Tommy's -the list goes on)
I guess, sometime in the future we'll get the combined My Generation stereo/ mono versions bundled into another special pack. More expense looms!
I won't even try to review this album musically, it was a classic, it always will be.
Perhaps the crucial point for any prospective buyer is, despite the Who's many great albums, this remains the band at their freshest, bringing their measured mayhem crashing into the 60s scene. The mono edition is a true reflection of those early days, avoid the stereo edition!
And back to 2012, the usual fast delivery from Amazon.