Roger Daltrey Vocals
John Entwistle Bass Guitar & Vocals
Keith Moon Drums
Pete Townshend Guitar & Vocals
Nicky Hopkins Piano
Original recording and new remix produced by Shel Talmy
Original engineered by Glyn Johns
Liner notes by Brian Cady
My Generation was originally released as Brunswick LAT 8616 on December 3rd, 1965. It reached #5 in the U.K. In the U.S. the release was held back until April 1966. The album was retitled The Who Sings My Generation, featured a different front and back cover from the U.K. version and substituted “Instant Party” a/k/a “Circles” for “I’m a Man.” Released as Decca DL4664 (mono). DL74664 (processed “stereo”). The U.S. LP failed to chart. A Deluxe Edition with tracks remixed from existing 3-track masters was released Aug. 27, 2002 in the U.S. and Sept. 9, 2002 in the U.K. A remastered extended mono version of the original British album was issued on CD in Japan August 6, 2008.
Roger Daltrey always told the story that The Who’s first album, My Generation, was recorded in one afternoon. Although the individual tracks were recorded quickly, this LP’s birth was actually long and difficult. After the Top Ten U.K. success of The Who’s first single, “I Can’t Explain”, their producer Shel Talmy sent them back into the studio on April 12-14 to record a new single and album (an earlier planned album recording session on March 19 came to nothing). That album, intended for release on Decca Records in the U.S. during the summer of 1965, was later shelved after a bad preliminary review in Beat Instrumental (complaining about the lack of original material). Several of the songs would find their way to the finished My Generation album. On June 17, 1965, Melody Maker was reporting that The Who were unhappy with the material they had recorded so far and were turning from R&B to hard pop with an album they would start recording on July 26 although there is no evidence that they did. The album was finished in three more sessions, one on October 13 and two more on November 10 and 13. By this time, Pete had progressed far enough as a writer to provide all but one of the tunes. According to John Atkins, Pete also offered the songs “Do the Strip”, “Things Have Changed” (see Pete’s LP Scoop) and “Kill My Appetite” for this album, but they were rejected and not recorded by the band.