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My Generation

Release Date: 12/1/1965
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Track List

  1. OUT IN THE STREET
  2. I DON’T MIND
  3. THE GOOD’S GONE
  4. LA-LA-LA LIES
  5. MUCH TOO MUCH
  6. MY GENERATION
  7. THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
  8. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE
  9. IT’S NOT TRUE
  10. I’M A MAN
  11. A LEGAL MATTER
  12. THE OX
  13. CIRCLES
  14. I CAN’T EXPLAIN
  15. BALD HEADED WOMAN
  16. DADDY ROLLING STONE

DISC NO:2

  1. LEAVING HERE (Alternate)
  2. LUBIE (COME BACK HOME)
  3. SHOUT AND SHIMMY
  4. (LOVE IS LIKE A) HEAT WAVE
  5. MOTORING
  6. ANYTIME YOU WANT ME
  7. ANYWAY, ANYHOW, ANYWHERE (Alternate)
  8. INSTANT PARTY MIXTURE
  9. I DON’T MIND (Full-length version)
  10. THE GOOD’S GONE (Full-length version)
  11. MY GENERATION (Instrumental version)
  12. ANYTIME YOU WANT ME (a cappella version)
  13. A LEGAL MATTER (Monaural mix)
  14. MY GENERATION (Monaural mix)

Backgrounder

The Who’s debut album was produced by Shel Talmy and first issued in the UK by Brunswick Records (LAT 8616) in December 1965, and in the US, under the title THE WHO SINGS MY GENERATION (DL 4664 [mono], DL 74664 [stereo]) in April 1966.

It was recorded in short bursts in April, October and November 1965, and for many tracks The Who were joined by Nicky Hopkins on piano. Assisting Talmy for the most part was engineer Glyn Johns.

The UK release featured an iconic front sleeve, taken at Surrey Docks in south east London by Decca Records’ photographer David Wedgbury, featuring an aerial view of the four members of The Who gazing skywards, a pose that other bands, Blondie, The Jam and The Undertones amongst them, copied in almost perfect pastiches years later. In the US American Decca attempted to jump on the British Invasion bandwagon by using a different yet similarly iconic Wedgbury shot, featuring The Who with London’s most famous clock tower, Big Ben, in the background.

MY GENERATION reached number 5 in the UK charts but flopped in the US. Polydor, who would release The Who’s recordings in the UK over the next two decades, didn’t own the rights to the album, which went out of print in the UK within 12 months of its release. For years no company seemed inclined to reissue the album in Britain until, curiously, Virgin picked it up in 1980 (V2179). This issue had good sound quality but was pressed on inferior vinyl and disappeared at the end of its meagre print run.

Decca kept the US version available domestically throughout the Sixties and, when MCA reorganised in the early Seventies, THE WHO SINGS MY GENERATION was issued as a double budget package with the US-only MAGIC BUS – THE WHO ON TOUR. MCA first issued the album on CD in the States in the early Eighties, but was criticised for the mastering job and a better version followed but with the same catalogue number.

Tracks on the original UK version were:
1. OUT IN THE STREET
(Townshend)
Recorded at IBC Studios, London, April 1965
2. I DON’T MIND
(James Brown)
Recorded at IBC Studios, April 1965
3. THE GOOD’S GONE
(Townshend)
Recorded at IBC Studios, November 1965
4. LA LA LA LIES
(Townshend)
Recorded at IBC Studios, November 1965
5. MUCH TOO MUCH
(Townshend)
Recorded at IBC Studios, November 1965
6. MY GENERATION
(Townshend)
Recorded at IBC Studios, October 1965
The Who’s third single reached number 2 in the UK charts.
7. THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
(Townshend)
Recorded at IBC Studios, October 1965
8. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE
(Brown/Terry)
Recorded at IBC Studios, April 1965
9. IT’S NOT TRUE
(Townshend)
Recorded at IBC Studios, November 1965
10. I’M A MAN
(McDaniel)
Recorded at IBC Studios, April 1965
11. A LEGAL MATTER
(Townshend)
Recorded at IBC Studios, November 1965
12. THE OX
(Townshend/Entwistle/Moon/Hopkins)
Recorded at IBC Studios, November 1965

The running order on the US release ran as follows:
1. OUT IN THE STREET
2. I DON’T MIND
3. THE GOOD’S GONE
4. LA-LA-LA-LIES
5. MUCH TOO MUCH
6. MY GENERATION
7. THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT (edited version)
8. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE
9. IT’S NOT TRUE
10. THE OX
11. A LEGAL MATTER
12. INSTANT PARTY

I’M A MAN was dropped and replaced by INSTANT PARTY (aka CIRCLES) which has an unusual history thanks to the legal dispute between The Who’s management and Shel Talmy. Although originally recorded with Talmy, the band re-recorded a self-produced version of the song, initially correctly credited as CIRCLES, for the B-side of SUBSTITUTE, which would be released in March 1966, and a different pressing (released simultaneously) using the title INSTANT PARTY. Talmy prevented The Who from using the song and released the original version of CIRCLES he had produced – confusingly re-titled INSTANT PARTY – as the B-side to A LEGAL MATTER and on the first US album, as if to re-emphasise his ownership of the song. Thus, INSTANT PARTY is how early Who fans knew CIRCLES.

In August 2002 MY GENERATION was released as a Deluxe Edition double CD in the US (MCA 088 112 926-2, later SACD MCA 088 113 182-2) and in October in the UK (Polydor 112 926-2).

Disc 1 opens with Shel Talmy’s modern remix of the three-track master tapes into stereo, following the same running order as the original UK album – some with slightly different mix variations to the mono version – followed by four bonus tracks, while Disc 2 offers 14 bonus tracks and alternate versions.

Bonus Tracks on CD 1:
13. CIRCLES (Townshend)
This is the version that appeared on the B-side of the UK A LEGAL MATTER single and on the American album, THE WHO SINGS MY GENERATION, credited as INSTANT PARTY.
14. I CAN’T EXPLAIN (Townshend)
Produced by Shel Talmy at Pye Studios, London, in November 1964.
Released in January 1965, The Who’s first single reached number 8 in the UK charts in April, but struggled to reach 93 in the US.
15. BALD HEADED WOMAN (Trad arr: Talmy)
Produced by Shel Talmy at Pye Studios in November 1964.
16. DADDY ROLLING STONE (Otis Blackwell)
Produced by Shel Talmy at IBC Studios, London, April 1965.

Deluxe Edition Disc 2
1. LEAVING HERE (Alternate)*
(Holland/Dozier/Holland)
Recorded at IBC Studios, April 1965
2. LUBIE (COME BACK HOME)
(Revere/Lindsay)
Recorded at IBC Studios, April 1965
3. SHOUT AND SHIMMY
(James Brown)
Recorded at IBC Studios, April 1965
4. (LOVE IS LIKE A) HEAT WAVE
(Holland/Dozier/Holland)
Recorded at IBC Studios, April 1965
5. MOTORING (Holland/Dozier/Holland)
Recorded at IBC Studios, April 1965
6. ANYTIME YOU WANT ME
(Ragavoy/Mimms)
Recorded at IBC Studios, April 1965
7. ANYWAY ANYHOW ANYWHERE (Alternate) **
(Townshend/Daltrey)
Recorded at IBC Studios, April 1965
This is an alternate vocal version of ANYWAY ANYHOW ANYWHERE originally issued on a French EP in 1965. (Later pressings corrected the incorrect title, ANYHOW ANYWHERE ANYWAY on the back cover of the 2002 CD but not in the enclosed booklet.)
8. INSTANT PARTY MIXTURE*
Recorded at IBC Studios, January 1966
This RUNAROUND SUE/MONSTER MASH doo-wop ditty was inspired by The Everly Brothers’ 1962 album INSTANT PARTY. An historical curio – Talmy originally intended it as the B-side to CIRCLES in what would have been The Who’s fourth Brunswick single.
9. I DON’T MIND (Full length version)*
(James Brown) Recorded at IBC Studios, April 1965
10. THE GOOD’S GONE (Full length version)*
Recorded at IBC Studios, November 1965
11. MY GENERATION (Instrumental version)*
Recorded at IBC Studios, October 1965
12. ANYTIME YOU WANT ME (A cappella version)*
(Ragavoy/Mimms)
Recorded at IBC Studios, April 1965
13. A LEGAL MATTER (MONO MIX)
14. MY GENERATION (MONO MIX)

*Previously unreleased to 2003
** Previously unreleased in UK/US