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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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The Who Sings My Generation

How important was and more to the point how important is this album? When it was released it gave permission to every garage band to turn up and make rock and roll their own. The Brit invasion was in upswing and The Who blew it up! Don't forget, it's in Mono. That's the way we were introduced to all our music, if you're over 50. Don't let the over 50 scare you. Every band from Green Day to The Killers will point to The Who as an influencial band. Every song is worth owning. No matter if you're a listener or a player. There is magic here and it hasn't diminished over the years. It seriously rocks!


Wow for their first album with more than one song, this is really great. All the songs are just fabulous. I'm really glad that Roger Daltry gave up the rythem guitar before they started recording because that gave john Entwistle the best opprotunity to revolutionize the bass guitar. But one thing i did notice is that the actual song screwed Keith moon over. In the song they say 'I hope i die before i get old" Moon did. But buy it its really amazing

First of it's kind

One of the first british invasion bands, the who, along with bands like the beatles, rolling stones, and kinks, were the first to introduce British rock and roll music to America. Although the beatles and stones made great contributions to the history of rock and roll and were arguably as good or better as the who, they still never reached the level of the who in many aspects, most of which are listed here. The who are widely considered the greatest live band ever and one gets the sense of that when watching an old concert video. First off, you had Keith Moon, the craziest drummer ever, absolutely destroying the drums in more ways then one. Accompanying Moon on the "rhythm" section was the ox, John Entwistle. No doubt the loudest and best bass player ever, Entwistle was the first bassist people actually could hear. Before him, no one had any idea what the guy with the four stringed, long necked guitar was doing on stage. On lead guitar you have possibly the most arrogant, ecotistic, and brilliant muisicians ever, Pete Townshend. Townshend wrote mostly all of the groups songs, sang backing vocals, occasionaly sang lead, played piano on most songs, and on top of all that, he is one of the most orginal guitarists and songwriters rock and roll ever had. Famous for his signature "birdman" and windmill arm on stage, he was one of the most exciting guitarists to watch. Also townshend was the inventor of smashing guitars and equipment live on stage. The invention of the smashing of the guitar is often attributed to Jimi Hendrix's stage set at the Monterey International Pop Festival, which is in fact false. Hendrix, being high out of his mind on acid, stole the act from the who, but not before the who performed it first. On top of all this, you have a lead singer who's vocals are perhaps the best of any rock and roll singer live. Combine all this together and you get the who, a completely original band consisting of four complete individuals who have made some of the best rock and roll ever heard. This album in particual was the start of something never before seen. The who were the first band that really defined what a rock and roll band is. This album won't let you down, after you listen to it you'll be going in circles and having an instant party. (Da-dum, pshht)


Formed: 1964 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Few rock & roll bands were riddled with as many contradictions as the Who. All four members had wildly different personalities, as their notorious live performances demonstrated: Keith Moon fell over his drum kit while Pete Townshend leaped into the air with his guitar, spinning his right hand in exaggerated windmills. Vocalist Roger Daltrey prowled the stage as bassist John Entwistle stood silent, the eye of the hurricane. They clashed frequently, but these frictions resulted in a decade's worth...
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