The worst is, they could have just acquired the 2CD deluxe reissue and read the extensive booklet
text and gotten all their facts straight. Sheesh!
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Michael Fitzgerald" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 11:09 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] New LoC Recording Registry
> 24. "The Who Sings My Generation," The Who (1966)
> "On their first album, The Who, assisted by The Kinks' producer Shel Talmy, laid down a set of
> tracks that would include both enduring classics and mainstays of their later concert
> performances. Pete Townshend penned the rebellious title track, "My Generation," which features
> John Entwistle playing one of the earliest bass leads in rock. The song is also known for
> Townshend's proto-punk, two-chord guitar riff with distortion and feedback. The album was billed
> as "maximum R&B" and it included Bo Diddley and James Brown covers. However, it primarily marked
> Pete Townshend's assumption of main songwriting duties for the band. Keith Moon, the band's
> legendary drummer, is featured on "The Ox," a song they would continue to play live throughout
> their career."
> Firstly, that album title is for the U.S. release (the UK was just "My Generation" and was
> released in 1965) - and if we're talking about the U.S. version, it does NOT include any Bo
> Diddley cover (his "I'm A Man" was replaced by Pete Townshend's "Circles"). Next, where are all
> these performances of "The Ox"? Throughout their career? Really? I'd be happy to hear a single
> live version from *any* point in their career. Was the album billed as "maximum R&B"? And can a
> debut album mark the assumption of main songwriting duties? Kind of there from the start - from
> whom was he taking over? "BOTH enduring classics AND mainstays of their later concert
> performances" - hmmm, any difference there?
> And while it's good that they actually managed to spell both Entwistle and Townshend correctly
> (apparently no mean feat, judging by early press), not one mention of Roger Daltrey?
> Who writes this stuff?