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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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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MCA
  • ASIN: B000002PE4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,369 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Who are a four-piece mod/rock band whose first album, My Generation, bristled with attitude; the lyric "I hope I die before I get old" tapped into the disaffection felt by post-war baby boomers, helping to secure a loyal fanbase and establish the band at the forefront of the mod movement.

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Led by the ripping bass of John Entwistle and the roaring drums of Keith Moon, 'The Ox' is perhaps my favorite song on the album.
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Just listen to this great first album and you'll feel the punk attitude coming through.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Caesar Warrington on December 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
If you put it down to a time, a band, an album... The Who's MY GENERATION is the first punk album ever recorded: With heavy pounding on what had to be the most tortured drum kit at the time (on stage the group would shock audiences by smashing their instruments and demolishing amps and speakers), angry lyrics are screamed and stuttered over guitar feedback and power chords. Even the album's cover, with the band's four grim faces set in front of Big Ben rising into an overcast sky, leaves you with the impression that these guys are a cocky group of foul-mouthed wiseasses--especially the stiff-jawed blond one, who looks like he'd rather be shaking down a store owner for protection money, or simply just kicking someone's teeth out (and, according to more than a few of the band's biographers, Roger Daltrey often would use his fists to end differences, with Pete Townshend as well as others).

This was 1965 and very few then would've had the courage or the foresight to put this kind of sound to wax. Sure, the Kinks also got together with producer Shel Talmy a year before to pioneer a heavier "rock" sound with "You Really Got Me," but they weren't taking it any further; it was easy confusing that song with its followup, "All Day and All of the Night," because they were basically the same thing with different lyrics. And as is always the case, it's the total package of talent with promotion, image with attitude.

It also took real guts for a rising pop group in 1965 to make an album--let alone a debut album!--where 3/4 of the tracks are original compositions. Except for Dylan and the Beatles, nobody at the time was able to get away with doing this.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Itamar Katz on December 31, 2001
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In 1965-1966, mainstream rock-pop in England (non-mainstream rock was already forming in the US, in the form of still unknown bands like the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane) was taking a very steady course; The Beatles, more or less alone at the top, were leading and creating the mainstream, slowly leading it into new realms. The Rolling Stones, always one step behind them (having pretty much abandoned the bluesy attitude of their first releases and not yet found their own sound; that would only happen in 1968-69), always trying to out-do the Beatles. And dozens of other bands, slowly dragging behind them.
It's obvious to me from this very first album that The Who, despite the appearence of the album cover and its dry, meaningless title, were never a mainstream group, never Beatles or Stones imitators. True, they did have enormous commercial success from the very beginning; but they somehow managed to remain in and out of mainstream at the same time, recording mass-selling singles which were bound to sell the albums as well, no matter how sophisticated and experimental the albums really were. Of the songs on this first album, of the three singles released, two - The Kids Are Alright and La La Lies - were quite msinstreamly Beatle-esque, and therefore sold well; the third, My Generation, one of the Who's most brilliant songs, is an oddity, and I'm not sure how it became such a huge hit as early as 1965. It did, though, and good for them. The Who were never a pop group, despite what their second album, 'A Quick One', may suggest. Their semi-mainstream persona opened the way to many other important musical phenomenas; Punk, Grunge and Alternative rock are all part of The Who's legacy. No wonder their music was so often covered in concerts by bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Groovin' guy VINE VOICE on April 24, 2008
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I chose this CD as my 300th review for many reasons.

My Generation, that one song itself is one of, if not the best example of The Whos highly charged loud, fast, rebellious music.

Keith Moons drums pulsate and punctuate the lyrics and rhythm. When listening to My Generation, my pulse fluctuates to the beat, the adrenaline rush runs through my veins and summons my feet to dance.

Keith Moon has been dead thirty years this September. The last big bam in rock. Keith Moon, a.k.a. Moon the Loon remains the epitome of rock bad boys. Leaving a generation in mourning, yet hasn't ceased influencing future drummers.

Time has been good to this CD. It's still up there with the best of rock. A celebration of freedom, youth and their generation.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Richard R. Carlton on August 12, 2002
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Yes, this is it.....the start of a legend. There is no need to tell you about the famous tracks (My Generation & The Kids Are Alright), but let's review the others. This was when the Beatles and Stones were newly minted Gods and there simply wasn't supposed to be any way to top either of them. But nobody figured there was a Keith Moon out there, or a Pete Townsend, or a guy who loved French horn named John Entwistle, and...oh yeah, that guy who sings.....Daltrey. But there was....and here is what they wanted us to hear first.
The Ox - If you haven't heard it, you don't really understand that Keith & John were as original as Pete & Roger.....play it first!
Circles - for John's French horn
Out in the Street - Townshed showing why the band would be famous within the year
I Don't Mind - har...mon...y..... you had to have it in the early days
The Good's Gone - vintage rocker even though nobody can keep up with Keith (again)
It's Not True - more vintage rock from the era that invented it
La-La Lies - the harmony that became legend when the opera started (A Quick One and Tommy)
Much Too Much - a strong number that could have been released as a single
Please, Please, Please - why do James Brown?.....why not?
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is the " Good's Gone" the greatest rock song ever?
Playing it right now and it does sound good but "the best"? Won't Get Fooled Again is tops for The Who.
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