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My Generation

The Who

1965

My Generation

Album Summary

My Generation is the debut studio album by English rock band the Who, released on 3 December 1965 by Brunswick Records in the United Kingdom, and Festival Records in Australia. In the United States, it was released on 25 April 1966 by Decca Records as The Who Sings My Generation, with a different cover and a slightly altered track listing. Besides the members of the Who, being Roger Daltrey (vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass) and Keith Moon (drums), the album features contributions by session musician Nicky Hopkins (piano). The album was made immediately after the Who got their first singles on the charts and, according to the booklet in the Deluxe Edition, it was later dismissed by the band as something of a rush job that did not accurately represent their stage performance of the time. While it didn't sell as well as later albums, peaking at #5 on the UK charts and failing to chart in the US, critics have since retrospectively rated it as one of the best rock albums of all time, especially noting its hard sound unusual for the time, and presaging various hard rock styles such as punk and heavy metal.

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Rating

3.51

Votes

4848

Genres

  • Rock
  • Hard Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
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4

I really thought we were out of the woods. Are we being punished? Why is our list haunted? Here we are, the fifth (and, God willing, final) Who album on the list at a rate of one every 22 albums. I keep having this recurring nightmare where I wake up to find this project called 1001 The Who Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Not a single Beatles album yet, but five from these wankers. How's the music you ask? It's fine, a strong debut that I'd enjoy more if it didn't follow four albums of diminishing returns. I actually have this one on vinyl but I'm just so tired. If I give this a 4-star rating will you chaps please leave me alone??? I'm sick to bastard death of you!! Favorite tracks: My (list is trapped in an endless loop of Who album) Generation, Please Please Please (stop), I Don't Mind (if I never hear another Who album again) Album art: It's fine, whatever. Stop staring at me, pricks.

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5

I really liked this album more than expected. I’ve always considered myself a fan of The Who (my HS freshman year go to band), but I had always focused on their later work and greatest hits. This album seems transitional for the era - bridging late 50s/early and early 60s pop-rock/ crooning / doo wop with the harder and more experimental sounds coming later in the decade. “My Generation” and “The Kids are Allright” were radio staples from my youth. I also really liked the James Brown cover “Please, Please, Please” and Bo Diddly’s “I’m a Man”. The closing track “The Ox” was a really pleasant surprise! Phenomenal drumming, and I’m thinking that John Bonham picked up some style cues from Kieth Moon here. Overall great, and a solid 4 1/2 stars. Rounding up because it’s The Who.

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5

I apparently had no idea who The Who were my entire life. Like obviously I knew of THE WHO but outside of Pinball Wizard and some other hits in the '70s I guess I couldn't have told you one song. If you had put on My Generation without telling me who it was I would scratched my head confused about why it sounded like the Beatles but wasn't the Beatles. I had a lot of fun with this one. It was definitely a piece of music history that helps make sense of everything else. For instance—the bridge from Blues to Rock is plain as day. Also, they were Mods?! Still some missing pieces there. It's funny b/c they don't sound threatening at all from a contemporary perspective. However, I get the threat when considering their live performances (they popularized smashing their instruments? Really not the music I thought would have set off that trend). Highly recommend watching the Smothers Brothers My Generation performance if you haven't done so already. Generally, this album just works on a lot of levels for me.

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5

I’m rapidly learning that I’m a much bigger Who fan that I thought, and it’s not like my collection is insignificant. After Who’s Next, this sounded exhilarating in ways it never has before. So I say praise be to this little game for forcing me to listen harder. In brief, this album sounds like war. And not just 60’s war—war from the future and war from the past. The guitars in ‘Good’s Gone’ are laser warfare, the drums in ‘La La Lies’ a battle tattoo. Calamity, carnage, and violence runs deep and throughout. Daltrey rips his voice in two on ‘Please, Please, Please’, ‘My Generation’ ends with a near collapse. And ‘The Ox’ is pure metal, no? Virtuosic, fast, and noisy as hell. The drums are a constant pound, but everything else is wiry and erratic. Distortion, feedback—it’s all there. But none of this album is remotely murky or sludgy. The sound is clear as a bell, and the harmonies are often sweet if not soulful. As ever, The Who are thespians, and once Daltrey starts playing dress-up he comes alive, dragging his voice long and wide to match the frequency of the guitar in ‘Good’s Gone’, playing a wrongly accused man in ‘It’s Not True’. As for the title track, it’s hard to overstate its genius. The claps, the stuttering, the ffffff-uck you fake out. So pleased to listen to this afresh.

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4

The kids are alright, but only because this is The Who's generation and not mine. No, had it been mine, the kids would be in the back of SHACK's van and definitely not alright. Footballer = Leighton Baines

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I like a lot of The Who’s music, and really love a handful of their tunes. I think Pete Townshend is one of the best guitarists and songwriters in rock history. Love his voice, too. Roger, John, and their drummers and keyboardists, are all excellent. That being said, this is not an album I've listened to a lot. I do get its importance in rock history, and it has some fun mid-60’s “mod rock” songs, but overall I like their later stuff a lot better.

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Inutile de vous rappeler que je connais personnellement Robert, l'homme sans qui ce générateur n'aurait jamais vu le jour. Celui que j'appelle familièrement Rob fait d'ailleurs lui-même partie du classement des 1001 contacts à ajouter sur les réseaux avant de mourir. Quand il ne choisit pas un énième album de Costello ou de Morrissey à rajouter à sa liste, il peut nous proposer par exemple un album des Who. Et qu'est-ce que ça donne ? J'ai envie de dire ouais, pas mal. Le morceau My Generation a fait secouer ma tête pleine de savoir, et ça c'est déjà une victoire.

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2 If the Beatles didn’t exist, this would still just be ‘ok’. Genre-wise, it’s all over the place. Never been a Who fan. Still am not.

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Always ranked The Who as one of my least favorite classic rock bands of all time. This just further cemented that. Just can’t get into them, no matter how hard I try.

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5

Very good!

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5

True classic

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5

It was fun listening to My Generation in full. An iconic song on a great album. This was really enjoyable all the way through.

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5

Very enjoyable, lots of new Who for me here.

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5

Who?

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5

Classic. I love The Who and this is a great example of what made them popular and also a window into London at that time. I wish I had a time machine. I’d go straight to 1965.

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5

Love 💘

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5

Rock & Roll. Contiene una de las mejores canciones de todos los tiempos.

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5

debut album... look at that fucking hair. An overall solid album. I wasn’t a huge fan of the soul covers because they didn’t really sound like The Who, but the original songs were great.

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5

No mentiré, nunca había escuchado un disco de the Who, tampoco mentiré sobre el hecho de que me prendió bastante. Lo increíblemente digerible y directo que es me hizo escucharlo sin interrupciones. Lo que seguro pasó por rebelde en su época parece ahora mainstream con retazos de sonidos necios y no hay nada malo con ello supongo porque apela a mi búsqueda de lo catchy y de la fácil escucha, lel. Percusiones divertidas, guitarras proto-pesadas (me lo acabo de inventar jaja). Track favorito: The Ox. Mención honorífica: The kids are alright, por el corito pegajoso. Mood: contento y conflictuado después de tomar ácido y una tacita de té negro con leche en la mañana (porque pues no saber si rechazar o no lo inglés) sobre un pastito de Glastonbury o lo que existiera en dicha época en el Reino Unido.

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5

classic who. listened to it in mono. very good while woodworking on chase's shelf commission. will go back in the future to see if there is a stereo recording.

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5

M nice

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5

Stereo version is incredible. Later songs added to the special version should be excluded, but first 10 songs are almost perfect. Surprised this is a 5 for me

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5

Awesome album!

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5

As good as it was the first time I heard it!

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5

Classic with much more blues than I realized.

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5

yaaaass lord, yaaassss

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5

Klassiker men flere fede numre og god rock. Dog lidt tynd lyd

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5

Legends. Amazing debut album. Hard Rock at it’s finest.

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5

Keith Moon and good vocal harmony make for an incredible album. 5/5

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5

My Generation is probably one of the best of the mid-British invasion era albums that wasn't recorded by the Beatles. It’s so good, and I imagine as fresh sounding today as it ever was. The tight, punchy arrangements, the attitude, the crunchy sonic assault of Townshend, Moon and Entwistle. That’s a great rock band, and they’re just getting started here. I love how well the band works together and around each other, each with his own specific set of musical skills. It’s not their best album, but wow what a start. Roger Daltrey is an engaging and unusual front man. He's not a conventional singer of that time, but not delivering at full rock star intensity yet either. He's got a sneering delivery that probably launched a hundred punk bands. His pissy, stuttering vocal in "My Generation" is singularly awesome and like nothing else I can even think of in music. It's like he's so mad he can't get the words out. Daltrey’s style of delivery paired with Townshend’s lyrics in a song like “The Good’s Gone” is some sort of special chemistry that no other band ever had. It’s a moment of emotional honesty, but delivered with a meanness and intensity that’s rather unsettling. Songs like that speak to a youthful frustration and anger that long made this music a touchstone for what it means to be young. On the subject of vocals, I have always loved the alternating leads of intense-Daltrey and sensitive-Townshend, which vary depending on the mood of the particular song. I also love how when they go for harmonies, it comes off sometimes as slightly off-kilter. Lennon and McCartney they are not even trying to be, but it works. Townshend's guitar on the album is, of course, brilliant. It's grinding, jangly, crunchy and even distorted at times. John Entwistle is the steady backbone of the band who holds everything together. And if you ever wondered for a second why Keith Moon is such a beloved drummer and why the band lost its mojo after he died, check out “The Ox.” “My Generation" is full stop the best song of the album and a strong contender for best rock song ever. It's the Ur-anthem of youthful rebellion and captures a mood that no other artist has ever been able to fully duplicate. That song deserves five stars all on its own (ten stars actually). The next best tracks would be the hooky, more pop leaning “The Kids are Alright” and “A Legal Matter.” Calling these songs classics feels insufficient. Take your five stars, sirs. Fave Songs: My Generation, The Kids Are Alright, A Legal Matter, The Ox, Out in the Street

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5

Clearly I am partial to Rock n Roll.

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5

I started this album with 4 stars in my mind. "My generation" deserves 5 stars for its existence and the rest of the album looks like an excellent classic rock album. I finished it with the certainty that the whole album deserves 5 stars. This is not only classical, but it's also raw and it preserves its force even after some decades. Listening to this album as a whole is a real experience to understand the mindset of the 60/70's in a way that just a few cultural products are able to do.

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5

1/1/22

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5

The who is present in my life always from now on after I have had listened to this entire album. Absolutely amazing.

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5

This album is great.

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5

bezveze od mene sta mi je tolko trebalo da napokon poslušam vise od dvije pjesme, oduševljena sam

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5

excuse-moi, zašto ja dosad nisan ovo nikad slušala?!! odličan bend, super pisme. sigurno cu poslusat i druge albume

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5

Grande!!

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5

Would buy

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5

Discazo

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5

Wantlist

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5

Rock & Roll. Contiene una de las mejores canciones de todos los tiempos.

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5

Annoyingly but probably unsurprisingly I let my momentum slip over the past couple of weeks which has resulted in me missing the opportunity to give my 500th Album the fanfare it truly deserves. This journey has been truly joyous to date, and I've discovered some incredible music, genres and artists that I would never have paid attention to if it weren't for Mr Dimery and his list (not to mention the absolute genius who created and maintains this amazing website - for this I thank you dearly). Listened to this on the plane back from Melbourne, and while not wholly overwhelmed I am happy that my halfway point was at least a band with some hefty 60/70s street cred. Five stars for five hundred (obviously).

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5

Loved the Beatles vibe

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5

Classic

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5

An album I've already heard, and definitely enjoy. Outstanding sound, especially for the time, and absolutely iconic.

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4

I think I could sense some of the influence that this album/The Who would have on later generations emo and punk music. Great album, maybe a little repetitive and unnecessarily long, though.

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4

7.5/10 FT: My Generation

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4

Classic album. Love it.

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4

хороший альбом, для своего времени, как образец мод-попа имеет достаточно оснований для любви среди ценителей, но критиками переоценён однозначно.

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4

I enjoyed that, even if it wasn't supposed to be so long

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4

Who’s good? Yes.

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4

Surprisingly diverse in sound. The Kids are Alright is a poppy track, Please Please Please is soulful, and the title track it, well, game changing. Not an album I listen to much, but one hell of a debut.

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4

The Who é sempre muito bom

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4

Awesome band. Forgot how much I enjoyed listening to them. Great album

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4

I wish they'd all just ffffffade away.

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4

Classic rock at its best!

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4

I got a sense of The Who at their purest. Listened to this so loud that i got tinnitus.

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4

Love all the blues on it

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4

great album

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4

It is the who.

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4

Tres bon album. The who ne me decoit jamais. 4.5

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4

The Who were all over the place finding an identity in the 60s. Their debut is a great rock prototype of what the genre of rock would expand into later on.

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4

Pensé en que éste y el disco anterior (Live at the Regal de B. B. King) salieron en el mismo año y pues ya se oye tan distinto, pero igual, ¡es 1965! Supongo que el debut de The Who causó revuelo porque se oye un sonido fresco, hasta medio sucio quizá y en definitiva un sonido que todavía hizo/hace de las suyas en muchas bandas teen de rock. Muy complacido tras escucharlo, nunca había oído un disco completo de The Who. Gran apertura y gran cierre, del lanzamiento original con 12 pistas. Otros tracks que me gustaron: "La-La-La-Lies", la que da título al disco, "The Kids Are Alright" y "A Legal Matter". 8.5/10

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4

7/10 bonito, my generation buena canción

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4

Cool

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4

Very good. I knew more songs than I expected. Classic that aged well

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4

yea this is good. I wish it wasn't mono, its a little flat. My Generation is a killer single. Please, Please, Please, Please Me is a good cover. THAT GUITAR TONE ON THE OX!!!

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Ich bin ja Fan, deshalb nicht zurechnungsfähig. Weil aber die Restaufnahmen – Cover, Old School-Blues-Sachen – das Ganze bisschen runterziehen, gibt es einen Stern Abzug.

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4

Ahead of its time, a few all-time classics and rest of beautiful pop-rock songs.

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4

4.0 - Solid British invasion blues-based rock 'n' roll from the 60s. Spectacular drum sound, soulful vocals, interesting guitar and piano fills.

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4

Good album, swingy!

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4

Similar to my review for Bad Company, this album had a lot of classics and was an enjoyable listen. Again I wish we had some stars to deal with, I would put this a bit lower than 4/5 (but definitely higher than 3/5). I will reserve a higher rater for other The Who albums.

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4

Great album! The Who is good, turns out!

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4

Mod rock rabioso, con riffs superidentificables. Entretenido

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4

Iconic. Very influential album IMO. Put The Who on the map. Loved my generation!!!!

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4

Pretty good. Especially if you consider the album's context in rock history (which I had to read about on Wikipedia)

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4

Great fun, US soul covers and My Generation!

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4

An explosive debut, and the hardest mod pop recorded by anyone. At the time of its release, it also had the most ferociously powerful guitars and drums yet captured on a rock record. While the execution was sometimes crude, and the songwriting not as sophisticated as it would shortly become, the Who never surpassed the pure energy level of this record.

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4

Never spent much time on The Who. Glad this generator made me. Excellent debut album that was a trend setter.

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4

18th May 2021 Listened to this in the morning in our front room whilst doing some work. Really like their cover of I'm A Man, felt a little out of place but some great instrumentals to close and the obvious classics.

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4

Great album, total mix of styles from Beatles to Johnny Cash to early punk.

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4

Fairly typical early British Invasion stuff. The Kids Are All Right and My Generation are perfect songs.

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4

Not my type :/

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4

Good stuff

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4

Classic.

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4

This album has a lot of hits and is overall really good. Of course I love My Generation , I Don’t Mind, and The Kids Are Alroght. The rest of the album is pretty rockin as well.

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4

A classic album, but not quite yet fully developed into musical trailblazers they are remembered as. Too much of a boy band pop influence on this album, and it only gets a 4 because their next several albums are all 5s.

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4

A fun album. Some well known songs. Others I had not heard before.

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4

A classic

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4

Doesn't sound like The Who that we know now, but was interesting to hear where they started. Not my favourite genre of music but I can recognize the significance of it. Enjoyable listen!

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4

Great album, great hits

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4

sehr starke beatles-vibes, aber eigener spin

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4

A lot of fun and a bit of a missing link between early Beatles and the stones

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4

A few nice little ditties on here. If these kids can keep it together they could really go places!

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4

Oh boy an absolute classic!!!! Talkin bout my generation!

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4

Blues, rock, pop. Mad good

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4

This is how we got from the Beatles to Green Day.

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4

Very good album, just probably won’t listen again

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4

What can you say? High quality mod 'n' roll with a couple of truly iconic moments thrown in. One thinks you can get bored of 'My Generation' but slap that bad boy on, pump up the volume and experience the thrill anew. 'I'm A Man' is quality too, right?

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4

liked the other album better, bit experimental

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4

You can really tell how young they are on this album. It has a bit of a classic doo-wop Rock style with the harmonized vocals and melodies, but you also get a sense of where The Who is going to go with some really brilliant instrumentals. Highlights are the kids are alright, a legal matter, and the ox. Didn't care for Instant Party but otherwise great album.

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4

Classic bangers

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4

Easy listening, very classic

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I was surprised by this album. It was a part of British Invasion but atill had an identity of its own

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4

Classic album, can go wrong here. Good, solid 4 stars.

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4

Внезапно актуально звучит местами

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4

Narrowly missed out on a 5

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4

Keith Moon and I were childhood friends. One afternoon, when we must have been about 13-14 we skipped school and Keith cooked my dog on a barbecue. It was delicious.

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None of the four was a virtuoso, yet each one of them was a genius. My Generation ist pure Wut und Verzweiflung, Geysire jugendlicher Energie, die auch das Talent des größten Songwriters dieser Generation offenbaren. (7/10) Favourite Tracks: I Can't Explain, My Generation

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4

Excelent!

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4

It's 1965 but it still feels fresh. So raw and garagey and youthful. It makes me wonder what if would have been like as a teen Boomer, hearing this for the first time and feeling the universe shift, knowing that it was time for your generation. While there are some pretty well known tunes on the album, the stand-outs for me were ones I hadn't heard before. Weirdly, I had only heard the title of "The Kids Are Alright", but the tune is a lovely bittersweet song, reinventing the melodramatic ballads of years prior with a modern edge.

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4

I know this album is from 1965, but its so much tamer and swingy than I was expecting after hearing the song My Generation all these years.

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4

Enjoy this era of The Who far more than the hard rock stuff. Some really enjoyable 60s pop on this

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4

Strong 50s influence, Beatles and blues, few tracks step into the direction later albums would take

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4

It's the who, what more do I need to say. Classic album, some really good rock

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4

I think early 70s The Who is the best it gets, but they're a solid group even this early on.

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4

Me sorprendió mucho. Fue como escuchar un disco de The Beatles nuevo. Definitivamente lo voy a seguir escuchando.

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4

I learned something about myself today. I didn't realize how much I liked The Who until hearing this record. The influence this had on rock music is as clear as day. I wasn't even alive when this record came out, but I imagine this being a pretty heavy album for it's time. I can definitely appreciate that as a fan of heavier music. I enjoyed it, but it's not perfect.

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4

Liked this a lot.

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4

This album had an older sound than what I was expecting, but it was still good. 2 recognized songs

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4

Not a massive fan of The Who, but I love the rawness of this one, good combination of fun and power. Lulls a bit in the second half, but The Ox is one of the best album closers ever.

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Review for this was accidentally posted on Marilyn Manson - Antichrist Superstar. For My Generation, the notes are - "The songs skitter along on Moon's drums, powered by Townshend's guitar - Daltrey's fierce vocals are the sound of youth in rebellion, needing to be heard". Notes for Antichrist Superstar in case anyone loops back here for it "Whiny tosh. 1 star"

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4

A band that stands its own when compared to the Beatles and the Stones. This one of the many templates for punk and still rippling with youthful rebellion over 55 years since it's release. The odd muddled throwaway track pulls off a star but this is a fantastic album

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4

I like the Who but I haven't listened to much of their earlier stuff (Quadrophenia is my favorite). This is pretty good and hints at some of their influence on punk and garage music that maybe isn't as obvious in some of the later studio work that's a bit more polished and operatic. So it's fun from that perspective and obviously there are some great songs on here. I think to modern ears it can still sound a little tame sometimes and I think the production of the time tried to smooth them out a lot. I think that's my biggest complaint with the record. Would love to know what this would sound like if it was recorded today. Good stuff regardless.

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4

The birth of great rock.

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4

Class fr. Definitely sounds like a highly influential album

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4

A fantastic album in which you can hear the merging of swing music, blues, and rock. Laying down the foundation for the next wave of music.

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4

Tolles Album! Die Klassiker sind natürlich besonders gut! Dass das Schlagzeug wie Papier klingt, stört da gar nicht! Aber rollt voll gut dahin

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4

irgendwie wie beatles und trotzdem was eigenes. cooles album

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4

Rock setentero con buenas guitarras y batería. Algunos temas, himnos de la época.

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4

Saved Prior: My Generation Off Rip: Out In The Street, I Don't Mind, La-La-La Lies, It's Not True, A Legal Matter Cutting Edge: The Good's Gone Overall Notes: Very good, I like the spunk of these shorter early rock songs. Crazy that My Generation (the song) is over 50 years old and hasn't aged a bit, love that song. Also special shoutout to I Don't Mind, which I might like just as much. Not as strong of a 4 as Who's Next, but still a 4.

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Good!

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Danny Gonzalez on the cover

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leuk album met meezingmomentje in de titelsong

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Lipe pisme, čak ih dosta znan. Sviđa mi se izjava “a bit of a missing link between early Beatles and the stones”

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4

Super album met veel klassiekers erop

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4

A timeless classic.

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4

Very good - lots of bangers and markers for the future of rock for 1965

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4

cool

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4

This came up the day after "Tommy", and that's probably too much The Who in too short a space of time. Still, though, it was enjoyable enough. No songs overtly about child abuse helps. Fave track - "My Generation" - there's a reason this song was a massive hit and continues to be used all over the place. It properly slaps.

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60's Oasis to The Beatles' Blur

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Another pretty good album by The Who. It does sound pretty dated by now, being almost 60 years old. But it was clearly way ahead of its time when it first came out and paved the way for a lot of the heavier rock and metal that came after. Favorite track on the album: The Kids Are Alright

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4.25

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Sounds familiar, know at least one song.

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I dig this. 60s sound for sure, great vocals, lot of talent.

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Mods and Rockers assemble! Actually Rockers, just go away because the last thing you want is to get pummeled at the beach! This is the kind of Who that I like: short, concise, powerful, meaty songs that pack the punch. Sure, some of these are covers (Please, Please, Please, I Don't Mind and I'm a Man) but the originals are enough to convince someone that 60s Who were a genuine, honest to God special breed of madness that was put together at the proper moment. They'd improve and they'd get better and bigger and bouncier but man, what a way to make a impressionable debut. Favorites: Out in the Street, The Good's Gone, La-La-La-Lies, My Generation, The Kids Are Alright, A Legal Matter, The Ox.

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bara fínt

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Classic Who, what’s not to like

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Premier album des Who qui m'a intéressé quand je suis retombé dans le vieux rock britannique avec les Kinks. J'aime beaucoup le côté pop, mais avec une bonne dose de rock. Keith Moon ne prend pas trop de place sur cet album. Un incontournable du groupe. Pièces préférées: My Generation, The Kids Are Alright, Much Too Much

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these cats are swingin. my dad was right

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I can't believe I've never listened to The Who's debut album. A lot of garage rock type stuff with a few flashes of the band they would grow into over time. I'm actually surprised My Generation and The Kids are Alright are both on their first album, because they sound like a more mature Who. Also, A Legal Matter is a highlight. 3.5 stars, rounding up to 4.

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Klassiker

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I like The Who all well and good and this does have a classic title track, but ultimately this isn't my go to Who experience. They got better. A generous 4.

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Like an angry Beatles or a dumber Kinks, The Who make a bright mid decade sound which is far more enjoyable than their later output. As if sensing their inferiority to The Beatles and Kinks who both grew and experimented with their songwriting, The Who subsequently tried to out pretence the others and went for grandiose, overblown rock operas. I think this is maybe where I prefer The Who- play good, keep it short and simple.

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The Who was a great band and his hit "My generation" is fine.

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Some classics I didn't know the name of initially

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everything you’d want to hear you've already heard before, except “the ox”

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Don't have strong feelings about the who tbh. I saw them headline glastonbury a few years back, and they bored the pants off me for the most part. This album is on the right side of their career, sounding fresh and soulful, I was more intrigued by some of the slower R&B songs on here than the hits, which felt a little out of place, but still sounded good.

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I liked it, it was great. They sure sound like the year this album came out. Some parts reminiscent of The Beach Boys. Some old-school soul influence. Amazing drums.

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Early Who is fun to listen to.

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Raw and - for 1965 - quite new. For the most part if the only exposure to The Who is via terrible classic rock radio stations, aside from the title track this is going to sound quite different. Very much power-pop with a few hints of the aggression that would come about in roughly 5 years time. There's a bit of hit and miss but that's probably looking through a modern lens (I do think the singles are truly the best songs here - My Generation, The Kids Are Alright, A Legal Matter). One thing that stands out is that these kids (!) were outstanding musicians - virtually every song but especially near the close of the album; listen to A Legal Matter and The Ox. They just had that raw talent (especially comparing to similar/contemporaneous bands e.g. The Kinks) that could let them pull off advanced-for-the-time songs like these. I suppose purists will claim the mono version but apparently I'm picky (I find it tough listening in mono) and went for the Stereo remix. Also I'm not sure it counts past "The Ox" because that was the original end to the album, but if you include tracks from the bonus/expanded versions it increases the quality even just if you count the classics "I Can't Explain" and "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere." Either way an important early rock document that presages the legendary status of this band just a few years out from this point.... 7/10 4 stars.

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of course the who is incredibly iconic and influential i just love the album.

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Surprised to see this album of theirs - maybe Who’s Next is in the list too. Anyway, at this point they were mostly straightforward blues rock. My Generation is where you can see flashes of the brilliance they would get to. Still a strong album though.

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Some classic tracks on here, but its an enjoyable listen throughout

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Don't think I'll come back to it. Not bad, but not exactly my cup of tea.

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Pretty good, I did enjoy My Generation. I bet it was considered edgy back then

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I enjoyed this album quite a bit. My favourite song was The Kids are Alright, but I liked a lot of the songs off of this album.

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It rocked

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Starts out a bit so so but comes together closer to the middle

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Up there with The Kinks and The Stones. Must've felt like a bolt of lightning in its day. A call to arms to bring out the heavy artillery in rock n roll.

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Interesting hearing boomers defending their generation

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As someone who has always been a bit tepid in his response to The Who, I really enjoyed this early, rough around the edges, old-school rock and roll album. It made me think of the later Rolling Stones album "Between the Buttons." It was also interesting to hear this earlier incarnation of the band, knowing the bombastic band they were going to become.

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There's some great tunes on here. A really nice, chilled record, but it also has some decent driving rock n roll.

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Classic Rock Gem, but not the best by The Who. Oh the tom work on the drums is fabulous

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One of the things I've really enjoyed about this project is finding lesser known songs from artists I already know. When it comes to The Who, though, most of their deeper album cuts do nothing for me. There are some okay ones here, but the hit-to-miss ratio is way too low. Best track: My Generation

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Solidt 60’er britisk rock, guitar-dreven, catchy

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I never realized how Blues influenced the Who were.

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One good song. Meh for the rest

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Decent but somehow the spark just isn't there

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Did not listen all the way through. What I heard was good, just not my taste.

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Some classic songs, felt like it really captured the era in the U.K.

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Decent album, a legendary album for the sixties. Mono version is better.

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solid debut from the Who - C

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I've heard them before, it is good enough.

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Funny that this was such a big deal at the time, sounds like a pretty typical oldies/rock album from the sixties. Its good, but just not my cup of tea.

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boring

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Didn’t hate it, didn’t love it. Just sort of alright.

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This has some classic well known songs not sure how much I can groove on it though

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I like the Who, not a a bad album. But it seems long.

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Didn't realize how heavily early-blues influenced they were. Great band, but found the album a bit tedious. The version I listened to had 30 tracks, all 2-3 mins long, all either Beatles-like rock/pop, Rolling Stones-like blues/rock, or Animals-like rock. I guess they developed a more distinct style later one. 'My Generation' and 'I cant explain' are the 2 tracks I immediately recognised

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Finde the who hatte bessere alben. 3

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Helt ok forhold til the who. Mangler dessverre anthemet Babba O'Riley :(

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Not a big Who fan but decent

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Whatever. I've been told this is the final Who album on this list and I am grateful. I love the Who but I also don't need to hear four of their albums in the span of a few months, especially when they sound so similar. At least I can now say my favorite Who album is Who's Next. My Generation is a classic on here but I wasn't a fan of any of the others. They were not necessarily bad, but they are just the same stuff I have heard before over their 100+ other songs. I also don't understand why all their albums are a million songs long. Shout out to Stevie for giving me the scoop it was only 12 songs but even that felt like too many. Again, just happy this is over.

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Stil (musikalisch) Inder Nische zwischen Beatles und den anderen (Stones-Blues sollte es jedenfalls nicht werden) noch nicht ganz gefunden. Stylemäßig (Klamotten, Attitude) aber schon an allen anderen vorbei. Das wird noch!

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A pretty decent rock album. As ever with The Who I like the music but dislike Roger Daltrey's singing

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02/10 - Yesterday I worked on header details at the Drum Storage Building, developing a CAD file of the Office/Lab build out for OfficeScapes, and helping Vidula with family development. I didnt give this album much attention but running it through a few times it was much more similar to the Beatles then I expected it to be. I had never really listened to The Who before and would like to investigate them a little more and hopefully re-listen to this album sometime again.

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Brexity prick and a nonce but fairly decent tunes

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dbebebdfehebd

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