The Who My Generation Box Set Out Nov. 18

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The English edition of the Who's debut album

The English edition of the Who’s debut album

An expanded five-CD “Super Deluxe Edition” of the debut album by The Who, My Generation, will be released November 18. During a break in touring in 2015 Pete Townshend discovered tapes in his audio archive featuring previously unheard demos for the album, which also included three totally unreleased songs that the Who hadn’t ever revisited: “The Girls I Could Have Had,” “As Children We Grew” and “My Own Love.”

The 79-track, five-disc set features these unheard songs as well as unreleased demos, unreleased alternate mixes, new remasters and a stereo remix which was created using new overdubs from Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. For this mix Townshend used the same guitars and amps as the original album, with Daltrey using same type of microphone.

The Super Deluxe Edition also features an 80-page color book with many rare and unseen period photos, candid and insightful new notes from Pete Townshend and period memorabilia. Pre-order is available here.

A three-LP and two-LP E-commerce exclusive will be released February 10.

Brunswick Records first issued My Generation in the U.K. in December 1965, and in 1966 Decca released it in the U.S. under the title The Who Sings My Generation. The album was produced by Shel Talmy who had previously produced the Kinks.

Of the boxed set, Townshend commented, “Gathering these demos for this collection has been enjoyable; it’s wonderful for me to have these tapes made 52 years ago to listen to. I hope you enjoy them. They have a naiveté and innocence, a simplicity and directness, and an ingenuousness that reveals me as a young man struggling to keep up with the more mature and developed men around me. What an incredible group of strong, talented, young and engaging men they were!”

My Generation Super-Deluxe Audio details

CD1: Original album (mono mixes)

  • Originally released 1965
  • Remastered 2016

CD2: Original album (new stereo mixes)

  • Previously unreleased on CD or vinyl. Released on iTunes 2014.
  • Remixed by the band in 2014 – Pete Townshend used the exactly same guitars and amps as the original album and Roger used the same type of microphone.
  • Recorded at Pete Townshend’s home studio and Yellowfish Studio.

CD3: Mono mixes – bonus tracks

  • Tracks 1–12 originally released 1965-1966. Reissued 2002.
  • Tracks 13-23 remixed in 2000, previously unreleased
  • Re-mastered 2016

CD4: Stereo mixes – bonus tracks

  • Tracks 1-17 previously unreleased on CD or vinyl. Released on iTunes 2014.
  • Tracks 18-21 previously unreleased.
  • Re-mastered 2016

CD5: The Demos

  • Track 1 previously released as 45 rpm flexi-disc with the Maximum R&B book (re-mastered 2016)
  • Tracks 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, & 11 previously unreleased demo versions
  • Tracks 3, 5, & 9 previously unreleased songs – “The Girls I Could Have Had,” “As Children We Grew,” “My Own Love”
  • Track 10 previously released on ‘Scoop’ (re-mastered 2016)

My Generation Super-Deluxe feature details

  • 80-page color book with many rare and unseen period photos and memorabilia.
  • Candid and insightful new notes from Pete Townshend illustrating the genesis of the demos and creative process.
  • New essay by acclaimed music writer Mark Blake with additional track annotation by Who biographer Andy Neill.
  • Six replica inserts
  •     Flyer for The Who’s Tuesday night residency at the Marquee Club 1965.
  • Membership card to the Scene Club in Ham Yard.
  •  Calling card for The Who’s management New Action Ltd. with a photo of the group
  •   Admission card to recording of Ready Steady Go! at Redifusion TV Studios.
  •    20″ x 30″ poster from 1966 gig.
  •  20″ x 30″ poster of a gig at the Goldhawk Social Club.
  • Hardback 12 x 12 album size slipcase.
The Who in 1965

The Who in 1965

My Generation Super-Deluxe Track listing

CD1: Original album (mono mixes)

  1. Out In The Street
  2. I Don’t Mind
  3. The Good’s Gone
  4. La-La-La Lies
  5. Much Too Much
  6. My Generation
  7. The Kids Are Alright
  8. Please, Please, Please
  9. It’s Not True
  10. I’m A Man
  11. A Legal Matter
  12. The Ox

CD2: Original album (new stereo mixes)

  1. Out In The Street
  2. I Don’t Mind
  3. The Good’s Gone
  4. La-La-La Lies
  5. Much Too Much
  6. My Generation
  7. The Kids Are Alright
  8. Please, Please, Please
  9. It’s Not True
  10. I’m A Man
  11. A Legal Matter
  12. The Ox

CD3: Mono mixes – bonus tracks

  1. I Can’t Explain
  2. Bald Headed Woman
  3. Daddy Rolling Stone
  4. Leaving Here
  5. Lubie, Come Back Home
  6. Shout And Shimmy
  7. (Love Is Like A) Heatwave
  8. Motoring
  9. Anytime You Want Me
  10. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
  11. Instant Party Mixture
  12. Circles
  13. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere (French EP Mix)
  14. Out In the Street (Alt guitar break)
  15. Out In the Street (Alt early vocal)
  16. I Don’t Mind (Full Length)
  17. The Good’s Gone (Full Length)
  18. My Generation (Alt version)
  19. I’m A Man (V2 – Early vocal)
  20. Daddy Rolling Stone (alt. take)
  21. Lubie (Alt Mix)
  22. Shout And Shimmy (Alt mix)
  23. Circles (Alt Mix)

CD4: Stereo mixes – bonus tracks

  1. Out In The Street (Alt – Take 1)
  2. I Don’t Mind (Full Length Version)
  3. The Good’s Gone (Full Length Version)
  4. My Generation (Instrumental Version)
  5. The Kids Are Alright (Alt – Take 1)
  6. I Can’t Explain
  7. Bald Headed Woman
  8. Daddy Rolling Stone
  9. Daddy Rolling Stone (Alt version)
  10. Leaving Here
  11. Lubie, Come Back Home
  12. Shout And Shimmy
  13. (Love Is Like A) Heatwave
  14. Motoring
  15. Anytime You Want Me
  16. Instant Party Mixture
  17. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
  18. Circles (New Mix)
  19. Daddy Rolling Stone (Alt Take B – New Mix)
  20. Out In The Street (Alt Take 2)
  21. I’m A Man (Alt – New Mix)

CD5: The Demos

  1. My Generation (V 3)
  2. My Generation (V 2 – fragment)
  3. The Girls I Could’ve Had
  4. It’s Not True
  5. As Children We Grew
  6. Legal Matter
  7. Sunrise (V 1)
  8. Much Too Much
  9. My Own Love
  10. La-La-La- Lies
  11. The Good’s Gone
The Who's 'My Generation' Super Deluxe Edition package

The Who’s ‘My Generation’ Super Deluxe Edition package

My Generation 3-LP SET Track listing

Disc One: Original LP – Mono mixes

Side 1

  1. Out In The Street
  2. I Don’t Mind
  3. The Good’s Gone
  4. La-La-La Lies
  5. Much Too Much
  6. My Generation

Side 2

  1. The Kids Are Alright
  2. Please, Please, Please
  3. It’s Not True
  4. I’m A Man
  5. A Legal Matter
  6. The Ox

Disc Two; Mono bonus tracks

Side 1

  1. I Can’t Explain
  2. Bald Headed Woman
  3. Daddy Rolling Stone
  4. Leaving Here
  5. Lubie, Come Back Home
  6. Shout And Shimmy

Side 2

  1. (Love Is Like A) Heatwave
  2. Motoring
  3. Anytime You Want Me
  4. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
  5. Instant Party Mixture
  6. Circles

Disc Three; Demos

Side 1

  1. My Generation (V 3)
  2. My Generation (V 2 – fragment)
  3. The Girls I Could’ve Had
  4. It’s Not True
  5. As Children We Grew
  6. Legal Matter

Side 2

  1. Sunrise (V 1)
  2. Much Too Much
  3. My Own Love
  4. La-La-La- Lies
  5. The Good’s Gone

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My Generation 2-LP Set E-Commerce Exclusive Track listing

Disc One – Original LP (Stereo Mixes)

Side 1

  1. Out In The Street
  2. I Don’t Mind
  3. The Good’s Gone
  4. La-La-La Lies
  5. Much Too Much
  6. My Generation

Side 2

  1. The Kids Are Alright
  2. Please, Please, Please
  3. It’s Not True
  4. I’m A Man
  5. A Legal Matter
  6. The Ox

Disc Two – Stereo bonus tracks

Side 1

  1. In The Street (Alt Take 1)
  2. I Don’t Mind (Full Length Version)
  3. The Good’s Gone (Full Length Version)
  4. My Generation (Instrumental Version)
  5. The Kids Are Alright (Alt Take 1)
  6. I Can’t Explain
  7. Daddy Rolling Stone
  8. Leaving Here

Side 2

  1.  Lubie, Come Back Home
  2. Shout And Shimmy
  3. (Love Is Like A) Heatwave
  4. Motoring
  5. Anytime You Want Me
  6. Instant Party Mixture
  7. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
  8. Circles (New Mix)

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