My Generation

~ Release group by The Who


My Generation (mono)The Who12" Vinyl12
  • GB1965-12-03
Brunswick RecordsLAT 8616[none]
The Who Sings My Generation (stereo)The Who12" Vinyl12
  • US1966-04-11
Decca RecordsDL 74664[none]
My Generation (mono)The Who12" Vinyl12
Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries)V2179[none]
The Who Sings My GenerationThe WhoCD12
  • US1988-10-10
MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint during 1972–1990)MCAD-31330076743133022
The Who Sings My GenerationThe WhoCD12
MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint during 1972–1990)MCABD-31330076731133027
My Generation (deluxe edition)The Who2×CD16 + 14
  • US2002-08-27
Chronicles (a label under UMG’s Universal Music Enterprises division), MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint during 1972–1990)088 112 926-2008811292621
My Generation (deluxe edition)The Who2×CD16 + 14
  • GB2002-09-09
MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint during 1972–1990)112 926-2008811292621
My GenerationThe Who2×CD16 + 14
  • JP2002-09-11
Universal International (Japanese label; release must say “制作:Universal International” AND have no logos other than “Universal Music”)UICY-71204988005311818
My GenerationThe WhoSACD30
  • US2003-02-11
MCA Records (1967–2003; name as in imprint during 1972–1990)088 113 182-2008811318222
My Generation (200g)The Who12" Vinyl12
Brunswick Records, Classic Records (audiophile reissues)LAT 8616[none]
My GenerationThe WhoCD12
  • JP2007-07-25
Universal International (Japanese label; release must say “制作:Universal International” AND have no logos other than “Universal Music”)UICP-930014988005478207
My GenerationThe WhoSHM-SACD26
  • JP2011-02-23
Geffen RecordsUIGY-90594988005644640
My GenerationThe Who2×SHM-CD24 + 24
  • JP2012-06-27
Geffen RecordsUICY-948024988005715777
My GenerationThe WhoCD12
Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)3716077602537160778
My Generation (stereo version)The WhoDigital Media30
  • US2014-11-17
Geffen Records0602537945856
My Generation (mono version)The WhoDigital Media24
  • US2014-11-17
Geffen Records0602537945870
My Generation (mono version, iTunes)The WhoDigital Media25
Geffen Records602537945887
My Generation (mono)The Who12" Vinyl12
  • XE2015-01-23
Brunswick Records, Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation), Universal Music Catalogue (aka UMC)3715603602537156030
My Generation (super deluxe edition)The Who5×CD12 + 12 + 23 + 21 + 11
  • NL2016-11-18
Brunswick Records53727406007537274090
My GenerationThe WhoCD28
  • -2000
The Who Sings My GenerationThe WhoCD16


associated singles/EPs:A Legal Matter
Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
I Can't Explain
My Generation
Out in the Street
The Girls I Could’ve Had
included in:Magic Bus / My Generation
The Studio Albums
part of:Uncut: The 100 Greatest Debut Albums (2006) (number: 11) (order: 11)
1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (2005 edition) (order: 55)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2003 edition (number: 236) (order: 236)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 237) (order: 237)
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Wikidata:Q375249 [info]

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Saved! After years and YEARS of legal wrangling and bad blood the first professional recordings made by a spotty bunch of Shepherds Bush mods, originally called the High Numbers, get the release they deserve. Producer Shel Talmy, in the extensive sleeve notes, still sounds as thrilled to be talking about this legendary debut as he must have been the first time he walked into that church hall to watch the newly re-christened Who rehearse in 1965. At last those Talmy masters see the light of day and a vital piece of rock's jigsaw has been restored: in meatier, beatier, bigger and yes, bouncier digital stereo.

With an entire extra disc of A-sides, instrumental/A Capella versions, EP tracks, B-sides and mono mixes you get the entire picture of a cocky and (in the songwriter's case) irascible bunch of young turks determined to be the centre of attention. What made this identikit R'n'B combo more interesting than most was the fact that the aforementioned scribe had a compellingly maudlin and detached view of the mechanised mating game played by his peer group.

Songs like ''The Kids Are Alright'' - with its defeated realisation that the author can't, or won't keep up with the peer pressure, even if it means losing the girl, push Daltrey's already mature vocals to new levels of expression. ''A Legal Matter'' refuses to get tied down in domesticity; it's just too damn young. ''I Can't Explain'''s just got all confused about those funny feelings it's having, especially when it's around girls. Even ''My Generation'' with its still unbelievably irresistible explosion out of your speakers has its braggadocio undermined by the singer's stuttered delivery. LikeLennon, Ray Davies and later, Syd Barrett, being an integral part of the 60s also meant being able to see through the gloss of swingin' London.

But enough about Townshend and Daltrey: what of the other half? Sadly the departed portion of the group was more than equal to the task of taking the lead. How many classic singles can you name with a bass solo taking the place of the guitar? Entwistle the Ox's bass is indeed bovine in its presence and strength while Moon's drums remain hyperactive but drop-dead precise at all times (listen to his time-keeping on the instrumental version of the title track). It only makes you miss them more. The covers draw on Daltrey's good taste by sticking close to the James Brown/West London R'n'B scene axis. ''Please, Please'' is especially convincing though ''Shout And Shimmy'' with its hilarious mock 'shindig' crowd (Townshend hopelessly heckling with ''yeah man, gimme some more'') makes Lulu look hard.

Thousands of words have been expended over the years on why this has to rate as one of the best debut albums of all time. Some go even further by declaring it to be the ONE. To someone who joined the ride a decade too late to hear it the first time round, it still sounds like one of the most vital and important reasons to love rock 'n' roll. Intelligent but naive, flawed and yet perfect - they're still talkin' 'bout your generation. Time to listen again...