My Generation [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
As many Who fans know, disputes between the Who and producer Shel Talmy held back the release of a CD version of My Generation taken from the best available original sources for quite some time. Eventually the dispute was resolved, and 2002 saw the release of the deluxe edition of this classic album, expanded into a two-CD work with the addition of no less than 17 extra tracks. So is it time to celebrate and finally throw away that scratchy old My Generation LP, whichever version of that you have? Unfortunately, not quite. Pluses first: the sound, remixed in stereo by Talmy, is very good indeed, very clear and punchy without sacrificing the enormous power the band ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
As many Who fans know, disputes between the Who and producer Shel Talmy held back the release of a CD version of My Generation taken from the best available original sources for quite some time. Eventually the dispute was resolved, and 2002 saw the release of the deluxe edition of this classic album, expanded into a two-CD work with the addition of no less than 17 extra tracks. So is it time to celebrate and finally throw away that scratchy old My Generation LP, whichever version of that you have? Unfortunately, not quite. Pluses first: the sound, remixed in stereo by Talmy, is very good indeed, very clear and punchy without sacrificing the enormous power the band brought to the sessions, sometimes revealing parts with a clarity never before heard. This also, finally, adds some seminal non-LP tracks also recorded in 1965 most notably their debut single, "I Can't Explain", as well as a bunch of R&B cover outtakes that previously surfaced on the 1980s comps Who's Missing and Two's Missing. There are also slightly longer versions of a few tracks; an instrumental track for "My Generation" and an "a cappella version" of "Anytime You Want Me"; and one genuine previously unheard song, "Instant Party Mixture," a weird and not good takeoff on Dion's "Runaround Sue" that was recorded in early 1966 as a possible B-side. So what's to carp about? Well, some overdubs used in the original version of the LP have been lost, and their loss is not just something that audiophiles or unhealthily completist record collectors will notice. Specifically, on "My Generation," Pete Townshend's guitar is virtually missing from the instrumental break, and the group's backup vocals at the song's climax are likewise mostly missing. Other little omissions crop up too, and though this compilation makes up for that a bit with "monaural versions with guitar overdubs" of "My Generation" and "A Legal Matter," it's no small loss. Also, unbelievably, although "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" is here and misspelled on the cover, it's an alternate version with different vocals from a French EP. It's fine to include that, but the classic single version itself, a tremendously exciting and important record, isn't present at all, and no one could reasonably claim there shouldn't have been room for both. Too, the version of "Leaving Here" is an alternate, and while that's fine to have as a marginally interesting addition, the version that first showed up on Who's Missing is, um, missing. These shortcomings are not unimportant. If a group and label are going to bill something as the ultimate package of a classic album plus bonus tracks, it should have everything you want to hear. This deluxe edition doesn't. This doesn't, of course, mean that it doesn't contain much great music, particularly the My Generation album itself, a tour de force of British mod music maturing from R&B rave-ups into melodic power pop with riveting instrumental and lyrical hooks. It is also good to hear the nice early R&B cover B-sides "Daddy Rolling Stone" and "Anytime You Want Me," and while the R&B-oriented outtakes of Motown songs like "Love Is Like A Heat Wave" aren't so good, as historical documentation they're important. The sessions are also documented nicely in a booklet of liner notes. But no doubt you'll have to wait for the SACD or DVD or some such configuration to correct some of these flaws and separate you from more of your hard-earned cash.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2002
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811292621
  • Catalog Number: 112926
  • Sales rank: 13,913

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Out in the Street (2:32)
  2. 2 I Don't Mind (2:33)
  3. 3 The Good's Gone (4:00)
  4. 4 La-La Lies (2:18)
  5. 5 Much Too Much (2:45)
  6. 6 My Generation (3:21)
  7. 7 The Kids Are Alright (3:10)
  8. 8 Please, Please, Please (2:46)
  9. 9 It's Not True (2:34)
  10. 10 I'm a Man (3:23)
  11. 11 A Legal Matter (2:54)
  12. 12 The Ox (3:57)
  13. 13 Circles (Instant Party) (3:13)
  14. 14 I Can't Explain (2:04)
  15. 15 Bald Headed Woman (2:32)
  16. 16 Daddy Rollin' Stone (2:55)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Leaving Here (2:50)
  2. 2 Lubie (Come Back Home) (3:40)
  3. 3 Shout and Shimmy (3:20)
  4. 4 (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave (2:41)
  5. 5 Motoring (2:51)
  6. 6 Anytime You Want Me (2:38)
  7. 7 Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere (2:43)
  8. 8 Instant Party Mixture (3:24)
  9. 9 I Don't Mind (3:43)
  10. 10 The Good's Gone (4:29)
  11. 11 My Generation (3:27)
  12. 12 Anytime You Want Me (2:29)
  13. 13 A Legal Matter (2:49)
  14. 14 My Generation (3:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Who Primary Artist
Roger Daltrey Vocals
Jimmy Page Guitar
Pete Townshend Guitar, Vocals
Nicky Hopkins Piano
Keith Moon Percussion, Drums
John Entwistle Bass, Vocals
The Ivy League Background Vocals
Perry Ford Piano
Technical Credits
Pete Townshend Composer
Garnet Mimms Composer
Sam Hopkins Composer
Bo Diddley Composer
Bill Curbishley Executive Producer
Steve Katz Remixing
Andy McKaie Producer
Jerry Ragovoy Composer
Shel Talmy Producer, Remixing
Vartan Art Direction
Michael Diehl Label Design
David Wedgbury Cover Photo
Mike Shaw Liner Notes
Robert Rosenberg Executive Producer
Norman Meade Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Revisit a true classic

    Although the Who reissue series has been going on for about 8 years now, this marks the first appearance of the Who's seminal debut. Why? Well, it turns out that the producer of the sessions, Shel Talmy, has the rights to the masters, and he and the Who have not exactly been cordial or cooperative over the years. Thankfully, the acrimony was put aside to allow for this reissue. Available for the first time in true stereo are all of the classic Who tracks from their early years--"I Can't Explain," "The Kids Are Alright" (with the long middle section), and, of course, "My Generation." Regrettably, certain guitar overdubs on "Generation" and "Legal Matter" have been lost, so the stereo remixes are a bit thin. But the monaural originals are included. In addition, you get the rare French EP version of "Anyway Anyhow Anywhere" in lieu of the more familar release. Plus, all the b-sides, and some interesting outtakes, are included. Best of all, Talmy (who handled the remix) displays a light touch, and we are not confronted by the heavy-handed remixing of Jon Astley that ruined many of the other albums. An essential purchase.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Shel Talmy strikes again.

    This was always my favorite Who album and I waited years for it's reissue only to find that Shel Talmy (producer) messed around with the mix. Don't get me wrong, I'm overjoyed at hearing the tracks clearly for the first time. The delay of the release was largely due to Talmy, who owns the masters and refused to allow their release under anybody's else's control. He "lost" the tracks with Townshend's guitar overdubs, leaving a void in many of the songs. He added digital echo to Daltry's voice on "Please Please Please". He prides himself as giving us the first true stereo mix, however, the tracks lost the original "vibe" from the mono original. Also, Talmy managed to cut off part of the vocal track before the middle section of "La La La Lies". On the second disk, he provides a few tracks as extended versions which means he simply removed the fade-out in the mix. Why did he use alternate versions of "Anyway Anyhow Anywhere" and "Leaving Here"? If nice to have the alternates if you include the originals, but this isn't so. With all the shortcomings of Shel Talmy and the reissue, it's still the greatest Who album ever and it's a vast improvement over previous versions. The packaging is incredible and has fantastic commentaries from many of the people who were responsible for creating the original recordings. I would have liked to have seen it remastered like the new Stones reissues, which are fantastic. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU ORDER THIS ALBUM AND PLAY IT OFTEN AND AS LOUD AS POSSIBLE!!!

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