Saturday, April 12, 2008

The Who-My Generation US Release

Info By Wikipedia:

My Generation is The Who's first album. It was released in the U.S. in 1965 under the title The Who Sings My Generation, with a different cover and a slightly different track listing than the UK version.
The album was made immediately after The Who got their first singles on the charts.Critics often rated it as one of the best rock albums of all time in the 1970s and 1980s when such list-making was common. In 2003, the album was ranked number 236 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2006, it was ranked #49 in NME's list of the 100 Greatest British Albums.
The album is also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
The title song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 and remains one of The Who's best known songs and, indeed, one of the most acclaimed songs in rock and roll history.

Many of the songs on the album saw release as singles. Aside from "My Generation", which preceded the album's release and reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart, "A Legal Matter", "La-La-La Lies", and "The Kids Are Alright" were also released as domestic singles, though none were as commercially successful as "My Generation". "The Kids Are Alright" was a top 10 single in Sweden, peaking at #8.
"My Generation" and "The Kids Are Alright" in particular remain two of the group's most-covered songs; while "My Generation" is a raw, aggressive number that presaged the heavy metal and punk rock movements. "The Kids Are Alright" is a more sophisticated pop number, with chiming guitars, three-part harmonies, and a lilting vocal melody, though still retaining the driving rhythm of other Who songs of the period. Along with other early Who numbers like "I Can't Explain" and "So Sad About Us", it is considered an important forerunner of the "power pop" movement. "Circles" was notably covered by contemporaries of the group, British freakbeat outfit Les Fleur de Lys. The cover version has found some notice after its inclusion on Nuggets II: Original Artyfacts from the British Empire and Beyond, 1964-1969.
The U.S. release also substituted a portrait of the band with Big Ben in the background for the original UK cover depicting the band standing beside some oil drums and looking upward to the camera, with splashes of color added by the red and blue stenciled letters of the title and a jacket patterned after the Union Flag thrown over John Entwistle's shoulders

The Who-The Who Sings My Generation @320

Out in the Street
I Don't Mind
The Good's Gone
La-La-La Lies
Much Too Much
My Generation
The Kids Are Alright
Please, Please, Please
It's Not True
The Ox
A Legal Matter
Instant Party


The Who-My Generation (Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Upon its release this album didn't sell many copies in the US when it but it gained an underground following, especially among musicians. The first Count Five album had covers of 'Out in the Street' & 'My Generation', while 'The Good's Gone' appeared on The Amboy Dukes' debut LP. A whole lot of lesser-known US garage bands also covered the title track.
I strongly recommend the 2-disc Deluxe Edition of this album; it has much better (true) stereo sound and all of the bonus tracks are keepers.