Super Deluxe Edition 79-Track, 5CD Box Set featuring Unreleased Songs, Demos, Mixes, Remasters, New Notes from Pete Townshend, 80-Page Book & Rare Memorabilia!
In the half century since its release, The Who's cornerstone debut album My Generation hasn't lost any of its raw, visceral power and still stands as the ultimate musical declaration of teenage rebellion. The title track alone has been covered innumerable times by the likes of Oasis, Green Day, Patti Smith, Billy Joel, Alice Cooper and Iron Maiden amongst many more.
Back in 1965, the band was considered to be so dangerous that the tailors tasked with turning a Union Jack into a pop art mod jacket for the cover feared that they would be jailed for desecration of the nation's flag. The Who's surly demeanor that day in 1965 at Surrey Docks and the brazen appropriation of the symbol of state is the best advert possible for My Generation. It's an album that sounds like it looks: terse, confrontational and full of youthful angst and energy. Brunswick Records first issued My Generation in the UK in December 1965, and later in the U.S. under the title The Who Sings My Generation in April 1966, and was produced by Shel Talmy who shot to fame with his work with The Kinks, a group that the teenage Pete Townshend admired greatly.
During a break in touring in 2015 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 spectacular 79-track, 5-disc super-deluxe edition of My Generation 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 exact guitars and amps as the original album with Roger using same type of microphone. The set comes complete with a stunning 80-page color book with many rare and unseen period photos, candid and insightful new notes from Townshend and period memorabilia.
Of the super-deluxe box set Pete Townshend commented: "Gathering these demos for this collection has been enjoyable; it's wonderful for me to have these tapes made fifty-two 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!"
CD1 - Original album (mono mixes)
• Originally released 1965
• Re-mastered 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)
• Stunning 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
• Hardback 12 x 12 album size slipcase.