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In 2002, The Who's debut album received the deluxe treatment and controversy ensued. The album was mixed for stereo for the first time, but along with those mixes came variations that could unnerve a purist. Double-tracked vocals are often single-tracked, and the lead guitar parts in "My Generation" and "A Legal Matter" have gone missing. (It should be noted that the original mono versions with the guitars can be found at the tail end of the album.) These discrepancies aside, the sound of this remix is chilling. Townshend's guitars ring out as if all cobwebs have been removed, and Daltrey's single-tracked vocals sound more aggressive and powerful. The numerous bonus tracks are keepers, including alternate takes of "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" (and an inspiring a cappella version), plus "Leaving Here" and "Daddy Rolling Stone" (different than the versions on Thirty Years of Maximum R&B). It's a generous set and an expansive new look at one of rock 'n' roll's most seminal recordings. 

Customer Reviews


Great reissue of a classic that defined the Mod movement! The audio engineers responsible for the stereo remix got it right!


Pete Townsend's guitar is ABSENT in My Generation. Whoever mixed this piece of crap never listened to the original mono mix.

Early Who

It is obvious that this is very very early Who music and that they haven't fully developed yet, but that being said, it is great to hear the band play different things. Here we get a taste of their mod inspired early music, this is what music was like until The Who (and some others) literally created modern rock music as they went. The vocals on the a Capella version of "Anytime you want me" we stunning, beyond words. It's amazing to hear Roger's voice so strong, clear and powerful, and must listen.


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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