MCAD-11462 My Generation - The Very Best of The Who
Compilation produced by Jon Astley
Released on August 27, 1996
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M CA decided to shake things up in 1995, remixing and remastering The Who’s classic catalog while unearthing some unreleased tracks in the bargain. My Generation - The Very Best of The Who showcases these remixed and remastered versions in the setting of a greatest hits compilation. As such, My Generation supersedes earlier compilations like Meaty Beaty and Who’s Greatest Hits with its wider selection, better sound and thoughtful packaging. Now, I’m a little uneasy with the impurity of remixing old and familiar gems, but any sonic tampering that took place is transparent to my ears, so no harm done. The world doesn’t really need another Who compilation, but it does need at least one; if MCA chose to replace its aging pace cars with a sleek new model, so be it. I won’t bother picking apart the track selection; they make fine choices, duplicating earlier efforts for the most part (although “Love Reign O’er Me” is missing). The order is almost entirely chronological (“Join Together” skipped ahead), giving listeners an idea of the band’s evolution. While it’s hard to get excited about another Who compilation, My Generation is a fair indication of what to expect from the MCA remasters: loud, clean and well-chronicled. And don't be fooled by the lure of owning the single edit version of “Who Are You" -- the same version already appeared on Who’s Greatest Hits.

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TRACK LISTING

  1. I CAN'T EXPLAIN    2:04
  2. ANYWAY, ANYHOW, ANYWHERE    (Pete Townshend/Roger Daltrey)    2:40
  3. MY GENERATION    3:18
  4. SUBSTITUTE    3:47
  5. I'M A BOY    2:36
  6. BORIS THE SPIDER    (John Entwistle)    2:27
  7. HAPPY JACK    2:11
  8. PICTURES OF LILY    2:45
  9. I CAN SEE FOR MILES    4:21
  10. MAGIC BUS    3:15
  11. PINBALL WIZARD    3:00
  12. THE SEEKER    3:22
  13. BABA O'RILEY    5:07
  14. WON'T GET FOOLED AGAIN (FULL LENGTH VERSION)    8:32
  15. LET'S SEE ACTION    4:02
  16. 5:15    4:49
  17. JOIN TOGETHER    4:22
  18. SQUEEZE BOX    2:40
  19. WHO ARE YOU (SINGLE EDIT VERSION)    5:02
  20. YOU BETTER YOU BET (FULL LENGTH VERSION)    5:37

    All songs written by Pete Townshend unless noted

CREDITS

ROGER DALTREY -- vocals
JOHN ENTWISTLE -- bass guitar, brass and vocals
KEITH MOON -- drums
PETE TOWNSHEND -- guitar, synthesizers, piano and vocals
Kenny Jones -- drums (20)
Jon Astley -- remixing
Andy Macpherson -- remixing
Bill Curbishley -- executive producers
Robert Rosenberg -- executive producers
Chris Charlesworth -- executive producer, track notes
Richard Evans -- design and art direction

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK 1996 Polydor CD 533 150  
US August 27, 1996 MCA CD/CS MCAD/MCAC-11462 picture booklet
JPN 1996 Polydor CD POCP-1614  

 

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