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My Generation

The Who

1965

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My Generation

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3.51

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

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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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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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7/10 bonito, my generation buena canción

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Cool

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4

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

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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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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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liked the other album better, bit experimental

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Super album met veel klassiekers erop

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A timeless classic.

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

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cool

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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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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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Liked Generations & Kids are Alright. I never noticed how much The Who is a jazz driven band. I even heard Elton John style piano. So Who are they really? I don’t know but they are talented. Very cool cover looking into their world.

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Not really listened to the Who before, and at times didn’t think it sounds like them at all. Some decent singalongs, especially their cover b-side cover

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Was looking forward to listening but it didn't really get me interested as much as I thought it would. The Who are a band who definitely found themselves a bit later in their career it seems.

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Some crackers

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One of those albums that is of its time. Got a lot of respect for that, but for me just sounds dated. Score largely on legacy/influence. 7/10

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Defo an album of the time. Feels quite dated, but you can hear the influence it had on other bands in the same era and now.

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Didn’t enjoy this as much as I thought I would

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The rambunctious bluesy rock of yore. The music of youthful road trips, house parties, and substance use. Fun stuff, but it feels a bit like a movie flashback montage.

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Not bad but not great either.

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L’assolo di basso di “My Generation” vale tutto.

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The kids were alright

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É difícil avaliar este álbum, enquanto que claramente mais fraco que o who's next, contudo já demonstra algumas qualidades que é difícil de desvalorizar. O álbum é claramente mais simples e menos rebuscado mas sente-se algumas características dos The WHO, no geral acho que terei de dar um 5,5. Nota 5,5/10

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A unique album from the Who, where they are still new enough and don't have the cache to go too far from the mainstream sound on every track. There are more harmonizing than one would expect, but it shows where the group would eventually explore.

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This album was fine. Best track is The Kids Are Alright. Don’t know if The Who is for me.

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a bit repetitive in the prominent use of drums, but some catchy songs

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not bad, but I sorta expected more out of the Who

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Återigen en klassiker som har stort inflytande, men som har blivit omsprungen av sina efterföljare.

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The idea of this being controversial is interesting. Sounds like rock from 1965 alright

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Got a song out of it so that’s a plus. Can't say I find it compelling tho. Listenable.

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1 song album, iha ok mut ei kamala < 3,6

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bri'ish ol' banger (ei oikeesti bängeri)

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I don't mind the who, calling me a fan is a stretch. This album was only found on YouTube music in mono. So that didn't help. But there were a couple songs I thought were good.

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This is better than anything I’ve heard by The Who. But I don’t think I’ve ever listened to one of their records all the way through. I’m really not interested in the bloated-yet-uninspired theatrics of their more “seminal” works. I guess I’m not a pinball wizard who wants to see windmill guitar strumming. This is just good 60s rock. And always seems to be glossed over in documentaries about The Who. Too bad. Plus, I like Townsend’s Ric tone WAY more than the later Les Paul/Marshall arena rock sound. Cool record. Will listen again! Highlights: I Don’t Mind; The Good’s Gone; My Generation; The Ox

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Kind of all over the map, isn’t it? I wasn’t expecting those drastic shifts from something like “I Don’t Mind” to “My Generation.” Lots of stuff I liked, but pretty clear they were still trying to find their identity by throwing everything at the wall to see what would stick.

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Alternate history noise pop for British boys. Hearing this makes me think I was over-generous with Tommy, though they are quite different pieces of music. It's an entertaining but shallow piece of garage. Thanks to it, I'm of the mind that the genre is best left to Americans. But - credit where credit is due - this is a formative album in the sound. That alone doesn't make it exemplary. I did start to pick up on winning tracks later in the tracklist: It's Not True.

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Eh... like early Beatles so its alright but not like... amazing. My Generation === fantastic though. Saves it from a 2 3

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I love the Who a lot, but I save my hype for the later classics: Who's Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia

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Not that great

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Pues para ser la versión Mono suena bastante bien. Me gustaron "Out in the street", "La-La-La-Ladies" y por supuesto "My generation".

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It's a legal matter baby. I want to keep doing the dirty things I do. Someone should check his search history. Oh. Best offer from th'oo yet.

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I wasn’t really feeling the first few tracks, but the latter half I definitely enjoyed. Favorite tracks: My Generation, Anytime You Want Me, Circles.

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Good band The Who. The best song is "My generation".

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Another album from the Who that I wasn't familiar with. It is interesting to hear a different sound from the band. The sound of early rock and roll comes through on a few songs, mixed in with some of what I'm more familiar with on songs like "My Generation" and "The Kids Are Alright". I didn't find any tracks that I would want to skip, but with my first listen I didn't come away with a feeling like I would be revisiting this album any time soon. "The Ox" might deserve a second listen. The album was good enough for 3.5 stars but not enough to round up to 4.

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album is alright, is a bit tame for modern standards, very much a 60s rock vibe obviously my generation, the song is the exception

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Never been a big Who fan. Some songs stick out, while others sound like generic rock n' roll tunes that could've been any faceless band. Meh. Favorite tracks: "Out in the Street", "I Don't Mind", "My Generation"

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Better than greatest hits, some hidden gems

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Seems like they pretty much stole sounds from black artists before them

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Average, title song is the best one.

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Of course familiar with the title song. But surprised at the other songs. Not bad.

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Meh album with some good songs. A lot of songs on album and they start to sound the same by the end

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This is fun, but the other one is way better cover to cover. Glad I listened but I won’t return to more than a couple tracks.

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I like hearing the early 60s stuff that was so unlike the music the bands would be remembered for. Like Floyd, Beatles, etc. It's like seeing a 50s Vett. It's so representative of the era but not of the car. And yet it's still super cool.

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Prvi put da sam isto neki album od njih pustit, točno je šta sam i očekivo

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Znam ih naravno, slušao sam samo jedan njihov album u cijelosti, a to je Quadrophenia. Znam za ovaj album, cover, sve, zapravo dosta njihovog kataloga ovako znam, al nisam potpuno i bolje poslušao, pa evo sad kreće ta turneja od samog početka njihove karijere. Sve u svemu, jača trojka, nije čista, 3,5 sigurno. Favoritne: I Don't Mind, My Generation, The Kids Are Alright, A Legal Matter.

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Mediocre album at best. Outstanding tracks: "The Kids are Alright", "La La La Lies". "Much Too Much" shows what the future held; promising.

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dated

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Better than expected. 3/5. I prefer the later Who albums, but this one is pretty good too.

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I am a moderate fan, know the hits, even saw them in concert, though admittedly not in their prime. Embarrassingly I had not ever sat down and listened through the debut album. I'm happy that this is the first Who I've been served up. The album is a bit uneven. I don't love the covers. Though they are fun from a historical perspective, I don't think they'd be all that enjoyable out of context. Of course the song My Generation is a standout, never gets old for me, and like no song before or since. The Kids Are Alright is a classic which I think holds up pretty well, and looking at the album cover, man, they were just kids. I don't think I've heard It's Not True before, it reminds me of I'm a Boy, in a good way. La-La-La-Lies is another nice discovery, I've asked Spotify to go ahead and play it for me again sometime. In fact I'm sure the whole album will grow on me with additional listens. All of that said, does this album make it obvious these guys will mature into one of the all time great rock bands? I think that's a tough sell. With the exception of My Generation, the (original) songs are pretty good but not actually great. There's certainly enough here that I would have gone out to see them if they were at my local venue and would have checked out the next album. I want to give it 3.5 stars.

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I never really get into the who

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An okay album, besides My Generation it was unfortunately nothing to write home about.

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2022.01.03

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väldigt OK bara. det fungerade bra som bakgrundsmusik. My generation är bättre med patti smith hihi.

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Bra skit. inget banbrytande dock

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A bit all over the place sound wise but otherwise an excellent album with heavy influence in the genre

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Geiler gitarrensound, für mich nicht das beste The Who Album aber viele Kracher oben. Witzig dass das als Blaupause für viel Punk, Hard Rock und Metal gilt :-D

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3/5

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Interesting mix of covers (James Brown, blues), pop and their own developing voice

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Don't know if I made this joke before but these kids were alright ;) Anyway, I enjoyed half of this a lot. My generation and The Kids Are Alright were the highlights. The drumming and bass is flawless, drives the instrumental closer home. Respect for The Who and the album is good but you can tell they still had developing to do.

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My favorite songs from the album are the James Brown covers!

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Ik vind sommige liedjes en sommige albums van The Who wel leuk, maar dit album begint toch niet echt met een goede indruk. Het klinkt allemaal wat rommelig en experimenteel. Het nummer "My Generation" zelf is wel heel bekend, maar ook die klinkt wat meer alternatief. De nummers "Its Not True" en "A Legal Matter" zijn trouwens ook heel leuk. ***

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Some stand out tracks on here, obviously the title track is the best on here but a very good collection of songs nonetheless. 3.5/5

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The Who in embryonic form. Their sound not yet fully formed (I had to check Roger Daltrey was the singer on this album), but plenty of their characteristic oomph. 3/5

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A good intro to early Who..... but I much preferred their later releases

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Their later stuff is so much more inventive and exciting that it's tough to objectively listen to this album for me. It's fun though and showcases their strong songwriting fundamentals that would continue on their career.

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A solid but not amazing debut by The Who. You can hear a bit of the direction they would go in, but this pales in comparison to what the band would become.

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I like The Who, but nothing really stands out to me in this album

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p83, 1965. 3.5 stars. The sound of an above average 60s beat combo :) It's a 50/50 split of filler and genuine classics. Interesting to listen to from a historical perspective - you can hear the genesis of The Who's later sound, and Pete Townshend's song writing is at least on par with anything Lennon/McCartney, Jagger/Richards or Ray Davies did at the same time, but not sure it needs repeated listens.

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Alright

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None of the songs really live up to My Generation

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A classic album. If you like hard rock, you will enjoy this amazing record.

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A decent rock LP that shines when it sticks to the janglier guitar tones and livelier, catchy arrangements. Does lose itself in the middle with an ill-advised try at Delta Blues + some other genres that don't suit the band well, but the sheer number of tracks manage to produce enough winners to make for an overall pleasant listen.

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Of course - the album with My Generation and The Kids are Alright is supposed to be a classic but not the band at their best as an album it’s not so special. Still a good pumping The Who album though.

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A great album.

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While My Generation is still the best song on here, the others aren't too bad either. They don't sound too original but they're pretty fun.

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Very of it’s time, more Beatles than the bombastic rock I normally think of

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Their first album as The Who and the music is more mod-pop, before they started sounding a little edgier. I prefer their later albums towards the end of the 60s and onwards, but this still has some good tracks

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My Generation by The Who (1965) In 1965, The Who were just getting started, producing a revolution in rock. It was loud. It was dirty. It was sassy. This album was hugely influential, even though it had a limited shelf life and thus didn’t age well. I can’t imagine millennials being attracted to this music on first listen. But please try, kids. [Note: This is a review of the original 1965 debut [mono] UK release, although one can have great fun comparing with the 2000 ‘alternative’ mix and the 2014 stereo remix, all of which are available on the 5-CD 79-track 50th Anniversary/Super Deluxe edition (updated 2020)]. Marshall tube amps generate hum, fuzz, and harmonics, and both Pete Townshend (guitar) and John Entwistle (bass) utilize these features to full effect (even though Entwistle’s bass is sadly pushed toward the back of the mono mix). With none of the smooth vocals of the crowd-pleasing Beatles, or the firm grounding in American R&B of The Rolling Stones, or the folk rock prophetic poetry of Bob Dylan, The Who blasted onto the musical scene of the mid 60s with antipathetic destructiveness. It would not have been hard to predict that musical instruments would soon be smashed onstage by these blokes as part of an intentionally theatrical celebration of musical nihilism. The civilized world was shocked but the kids loved it (Full disclosure: I was one of the kids—loving it, but eager to hear what was coming next and quite ready to move on.) Lead vocals by Roger Daltrey were, at this early stage in his career, marred by pitch problems, weak projection, and flat timbre. His cover of two James Brown songs (“I Don’t Mind”, “Please Please Please”) and one Bo Diddley number (“I’m a Man”) are embarrassingly poor vocal stylistic imitations [cultural appropriations], even by the standards of 1965. He was only 21 years old. The Britrock/R&B synthesis was much better executed by the contemporaneous Rolling Stones. But Daltrey’s vocals on other songs, including his innovative, affected, and exaggerated ‘stutter’ effect (“My Generation” [supposedly channeling the effects of amphetamines]) were more skillful and raucously entertaining, adding to the revolutionary sound. And the vocal ensemble sections were well enough arranged, but very rough in the performance and recording (“Much Too Much”, “Please Please Please”, “It’s Not True”). The pop vocal work (“The Kids Are Alright”) was far inferior to what we were hearing from The Beatles at the time. Pete Townshend demonstrates with distortion, tremolo, flashes of noise brilliance (“Out in the Street”), blues riffs & bends (“I Don’t Mind”), droning (“The Good’s Gone”), and pick sliding & feedback (“The Ox”) that hard rock was clearly headed in a new direction. And even on this initial outing, he shows many compositional features like key changes, slamming repetitive chords, and discordant outros, that would be more fully developed as his career progressed. Bass playing by John Entwistle was way ahead of its time (listen to “My Generation” as a bass guitar showcase) and drums by Keith Moon (“The Ox”!) established patterns and fills that would become standard for virtually all subsequent hard rock. Lowlights on this album include the three aforementioned covers of compositions by James Brown and Bo Diddley, the inclusion of which was most likely designed to offend the sensibilities of British cultural highbrows (and just as likely succeeded), but they were very poorly done. Likewise, the more pop-oriented tracks (“La-La-La-Lies”, “Much Too Much”, “The Kids Are Alright”) seemed lame at the time, probably because, in retrospect, they were. But the highlights (“Out in the Streets”, “The Good’s Gone”, and the title track “My Generation”) are of historical significance in the development of the hard rock genre, as well as its metal, grunge, and thrash offspring. And the closing track “The Ox” is a dazzling display of hard rock experimentation. At the very least, every lover of music ought to hear this one brief track. This is not the kind of album to listen to over and over, but one serious listen during one’s fleeting span of life is essential. 3/5

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The Who has so many incredible albums ... unfortunately this is not one of them. Unexciting. C

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3 stars

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Perfectly acceptable music

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Kolejny album od The Who, tym razem wylosowalo debiutancki material z 65, plyte ktora kojarzy sie glownie przez tytulowy traczek, bo zespol ma tak bogata dyskografie, ze ciezko dokopac sie az do debiutanckiego krazka, bo the who z albumu na album tylko lepsze, wiec start pomimo tego, ze jak na tamte lata dosc hardy, to jednak sluchany teraz nie brzmi juz tak samo dobrze, pewnie ma z tym wspolnego przeniesienie plyty do stereo, bo na samym spotifaju sa trzy rozne wersje tego albumu, trzy rozne wersje stereo i dwie mono, skonczylem sluchajac mono wersji z wersji na 50 lecie wydania, orginalna traklista liczy 12 utworow z czego wszystkie, nie liczac trzech coverow, od Jamesa Browna i Bo Diddley, to tradycyjnie kompozycje pana Pete Townshenda, ktory zaczynal od z typowo popo rokowymi kawalkami bez opowiadania glebszych historii, a majacych wpadac w ucho i cieszyc sluchajacego, instrumentalnie the who zapelnia luke hardego brzmienia na ktore bylo zapotrzebowanie na wyspach, dobrze oddaje ten album okreslenie power popu, ktore przewija sie w opisach discogowych, nawet bardziej niz modowa mjuzika, ktora rowniez moze byc uzywana do okreslania wczesnych whosow, debiut z przytupem glownie przez wspominiany trak tytulowy, ktory stal sie kultowym songiem, wersje rozszerzone posiadaja takze i cant explain why, ktory tez jakims singlowym sposobem stal sie klasycznym utworem i oba te traki juz mialem na plejce i raczej nic nowego nie dodam, bo orginalne 36 zadnych nieznanych gemow nie odkrylo przede mna

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Rock

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60s music is so fun

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12/24 A lot like “With The Beatles”, but worse. Some jazzy, R&B-ish tunes on the second half, meh. Standout Tracks: The Good’s Gone, La-La-La-Lies, A Legal Matter

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I owe this a relisten

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Now THIS is Boomer music. Overrated band IMO. Tommy was good tho.

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I'm quite unimpressed. La-La-La-Lies is quite good and the titular song is by far the best one but... it's so very generic and I feel like the mastering here is quite subpar. With my new IEMs My Generation sounded quite like a mess, which I wasn't able to hear before.

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Had its moments. Mostly odd white boy blues.

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The two obvious hits are great. Rest is very meh. Nowhere near Tommy, Who's Next, or Quadrophenia. 5/10

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Just not the biggest The Who fan.

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The best thing about this album is its 36 minute run-time. I like The Who, just don't love this album. There are slight hints if what they will become ("My Generation"), but a lot of bland pseudo-R&B.

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I always thought The Who were supposed to be some kind of hard rock rebels... aside from the title track this sounded like a knock-off early Beatles act. Some of the cover songs were slightly embarassing, too. Best track: My Generation

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Not overly impressed. Lacks the spark, swagger and song-writing skills of their contemporaries. The Who are the 'Iconic Band' that I never got.

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I give it a 5/10 My generation and the kids are alright are the classic songs on the album. I did discover the Ox from listening, which is a boss song. Unfortunately. La la lies, legal matter, and most of the other songs all suck. I wouldn't recommend.

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Non content de proposer un album tout ce qu'il y a de plus chiant, The Who se permet en plus de faire durer cet album sur une vingtaine de son. Absolument infernal.

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This was okay, not my favorite output from The Who.

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Starts off strong, then kinda sputters out. I like the guitar tone and catchy vocal callbacks. Solid album overall for it's time, but probably don't care to listen again.

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Lite slamrigt, blev less mot slutet. En helgfrukost.

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2/5 Fav tune: The Kids Are Alright Walmart beatles

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The who?

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Is it just me or does The Who get by mostly on it's energy? Or maybe theatricality? I mean, they're entertaining as hell and there are some real good songs here. But when they start going after James Brown and Diddley, it's like... I don't know. None of that stuff works for me. I'm also pretty sure I got suckered into listening to a deluxe super long edition of this album, which doesn't help.

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I accidentally listened to like a mega duleux version which really dragged on which might be influencing my rating.

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Рок музыка это не моё.

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Classic rock sound, but lacked the humour of Sells Out and the songwriting depth of Who’s Next. My Generation does a great job normalizing stuttering though.

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Decent mid 60 British rock album. Not as good and progressive as their later albums.

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Of all the great Who albums this is not the best.

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Too much "fluffy feel good" for me. Plus I hate the early tinny production. Highlight tracks: 3, 6, 9, 13 (deluxe)

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Pari hyvää biisiä nosti levyn tasoa, mut muilta osin meni vähän ohi huomaamatta. 2,5 mut enemmän 2 kuitenkin

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Aikas pliisu levy ja muutamaa leiskautusta laskematta ei oikeastaan edes kiinnostanut kuunnella.

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3 who albums in. Still not getting it

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Interessant, aber schon ein Relikt, dieses härteste Rockalbum aller Zeiten

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50% beatles, 50% rolling stones, 100% dog shit. 2/5.

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Pete Townsend is either brilliant or bonkers, sometimes both together. Daltrey is the worst singer ever to front a leading rock band. Entwistle and Moon are utterly amazing virtuosos. Together they all did some great work, but some is very poor, there was never any consistency, with the exception of the incomparable Who's Next. One brilliant track on this album, one very good track and the rest is just filler.

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I know people love the who., but I just don't get it. I don't find their music enjoyable at all.

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There are some songs by The Who that I really really love, but this album's just not doing it for me. Though I do have to give some credit to Pete, the guitarist - there are some riffs and whatnot I enjoyed throughout the record. I know that not everyone likes The Beatles, but The Who has always given me a "we have Beatles at home" kind of vibe - at least that's what this album sounds like. Also I would like to point out that the guy on the left in the UK flag jacket looks like Glenn Howerton of Always Sunny fame.

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Really goes to show how big a step up Rubber Soul was. Few good songs, but mostly pretty rote early 60s rock.

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Oh wow the who sucks

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nah, was expecting something else could be The Beatles

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my generation er eina lagið

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Ok psychedelic pop/rock. If I heard it in a vacuum I would not have seen anything to suggest how good their later album were.

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Mostly just generic rock. I really like Who's Next, but this one didn't quite click with me. The first few songs were completely forgettable. "My Generation" was good, I also enjoyed the instrumental "The Ox". I'm not the biggest fan of Daltrey's vocals. Keith Moon killing it on the drums as usual, but maybe they rely on him a bit too much? I'll give this a 2/5 from an enjoyment factor, but I respect this album a thousand times more than the albums I usually give 2s to.

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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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Ich möchte das nie wieder hören müssen.

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mediocre white band

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Eine Party Gang, die vom Style und der Attitüde lebt. Verwechseln Schreien mit Soul.

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I’ve always thought The Who were a brash in your face 60’s British rock band who stuck it to the establishment. Instead I was served up an offering of syrupy rock pop singles straight out of Top Of The Pops. Sappy pre-boy band tracks which if you were to change the bands title to ‘The Beatles’ on this album no one would notice. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out I was severely disappointed. If this is an example of the best of The Who, then I’m very much left wondering ‘The Why’? 1 Star!

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Big single (my generation). Don’t care for the rest.

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It’s…. Sure.

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