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Re: [ARSCLIST] New LoC Recording Registry
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" <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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
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?