Saturday, June 5, 2010

The Who - My Generation (1965) Limited Edition Collector's Box (Mono &Stereo)

Deluxe edition cardboard sleeve box set for The Who's debut album "My Generation." with the first ever release worldwide of the original UK mono recordings of the album plus B-sides, outtakes, demos, and more...

Additional musicians:

- Perry Ford – piano on "I Can't Explain"
- Nicky Hopkins – piano (except on "I Can't Explain")
- The Ivy League - background vocals on "I Can't Explain" and "Bald Headed Woman"
Jimmy Page – guitar on "Bald Headed Woman"
Roger Daltrey – lead vocals, harmonica
Pete Townshend – 6 & 12-string acoustic and electric guitars, vocals, lead vocals on "11"
John Entwistle – bass guitar, backing vocals
 Keith Moon – drums, percussion, background vocals on "2.20"

An explosive debut, and the hardest mod pop recorded by anyone. At the time of its release, it also had the most ferociously powerful guitars and drums yet captured on a rock record. Pete Townshend's exhilarating chord crunches and guitar distortions threaten to leap off the grooves on "My Generation" and "Out in the Street"; Keith Moon attacks the drums with a lightning, ruthless finesse throughout. Some "Maximum R&B" influence lingered in the two James Brown covers, but much of Townshend's original material fused Beatlesque hooks and power chords with anthemic mod lyrics, with "The Good's Gone", "Much Too Much", "La La La Lies", and especially "The Kids Are Alright" being highlights. "A Legal Matter" hinted at more ambitious lyrical concerns, and "The Ox" was instrumental mayhem that pushed the envelope of 1965 amplification with its guitar feedback and nonstop crashing drum rolls. While the execution was sometimes crude, and the songwriting not as sophisticated as it would shortly become, the Who never surpassed the pure energy level of this record.

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