12 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though members of The Who considered this album a bit of a rush job, critics and fans alike regard it as one of the greatest albums of all time and certainly a debut unlike any other. Keith Moon's drums simply put the band over the top. His crash-and-burn style is so aggressive that he makes other bands sound mild-mannered by comparison. Only James Brown sported a group more ferocious, and that didn't scare The Who away from covering two of Brown's songs ("I Don't Mind" and "Please Please, Please"). While singer Roger Daltrey is overall more restrained than he'd be in the future, Pete Townshend finds a way to get his loud, smashing sound on record and bassist John Entwistle nails down active and adventurous lines. The instrumental "The Ox" shows just how far ahead The Who was in terms of feedback and intensity. "My Generation" captures all of the band's brutal thunder, while "The Good's Gone," "La-La-La-Lies," "Much Too Much," and "The Kids Are Alright" find a way to sandwich sweet pop harmonies into the chaos. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though members of The Who considered this album a bit of a rush job, critics and fans alike regard it as one of the greatest albums of all time and certainly a debut unlike any other. Keith Moon's drums simply put the band over the top. His crash-and-burn style is so aggressive that he makes other bands sound mild-mannered by comparison. Only James Brown sported a group more ferocious, and that didn't scare The Who away from covering two of Brown's songs ("I Don't Mind" and "Please Please, Please"). While singer Roger Daltrey is overall more restrained than he'd be in the future, Pete Townshend finds a way to get his loud, smashing sound on record and bassist John Entwistle nails down active and adventurous lines. The instrumental "The Ox" shows just how far ahead The Who was in terms of feedback and intensity. "My Generation" captures all of the band's brutal thunder, while "The Good's Gone," "La-La-La-Lies," "Much Too Much," and "The Kids Are Alright" find a way to sandwich sweet pop harmonies into the chaos. 

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