The WHO – ” My Generation “

Posted: April 24, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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The WHO – My Generation (1965) debut album

The Who…  The vinyl reappearances of My Generation (the U.K. edition), A Quick One  and the glorious The Who Sell Out simply catapulted me back to the age of 14 when these albums were the most important to ever come into my life.  To revisit them they way I first heard them was as thrilling now as it was then – except now, I’m 50 years old, Keith and John are long-deceased and Pete and Roger are celebrating their 50th anniversary as The Who.  Nonetheless, these three albums should be the cornerstone for teaching your children about rock & roll, about playing guitar, plus the first steps to songwriting and are for all time, essential listening:

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Super Deluxe Edition featuring unreleased songs, demos, mixes, remasters, new notes from Pete Townshend, an 80-page book, rare memorabilia and much more!

5-CD Super Deluxe box set, 3-LP Edition* and 2-LP Edition*

In the half century since its release The Who’s debut album “My Generation” has lost none of it’s raw visceral power and still stands as the ultimate musical declaration of teenage rebellion. The title track alone has been covered innumerable times by the likes of Oasis, Green Day, Patti Smith, Billy Joel, Alice Cooper and Iron Maiden amongst many more. Back in 1965 the band were considered to be so dangerous that the tailors tasked with turning a Union Jack into a pop art mod jacket for the cover feared that they would be jailed for desecration of the nation’s flag.

Brunswick Records first issued My Generation in the UK in December 1965, and later in the US, under the title The Who Sings My Generation, in April 1966. It was produced by Shel Talmy who shot to fame with his work with The Kinks, a group that the teenage Pete Townshend admired greatly.

During a break in touring in 2015 Pete Townshend discovered tapes in his audio archive featuring previously unheard demos for the album which also included three totally unreleased songs that the other members of The Who hadn’t ever even heard, ‘The Girls I Could Have Had’,  ‘As Children We Grew’and ‘My Own Love’.

The spectacular 79-track five disc super-deluxe edition features these unheard songs as well as unreleased demos, unreleased alternate mixes, new remasters and a stereo remix which was created using new overdubs from Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. For this mix Pete used exactly the same guitars and amps as the original album and Roger used the same type of microphone.

The super deluxe edition also features a stunning 80-page colour book with many rare and unseen period photos, candid and insightful new notes from Pete Townshend and period memorabilia.

Of the super deluxe box set Pete Townshend commented “Gathering these demos for this collection has been enjoyable; it’s wonderful for me to have these tapes made fifty-two years ago to listen to. I hope you enjoy them. They have a naiveté and innocence, a simplicity and directness, and an ingenuousness that reveals me as a young man struggling to keep up with the more mature and developed men around me. What an incredible group of strong, talented, young and engaging men they were!”

From the 5th January 1966 UK TV show, “A Whole Scene Going”.

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