My Generation: The Very Best of The Who

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My Generation: The Very Best of The Who
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Greatest hits album by
Released27 August 1996
Recorded1964–1980
GenreRock
Length76:17
LabelPolydor
ProducerJon Astley
The Who chronology
Thirty Years of Maximum R&B
(1994)
My Generation: The Very Best of The Who
(1996)
Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
MusicHound2.5/5[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[2]

My Generation: The Very Best of The Who is one of The Who's many greatest hits collections, released by Polydor Records internationally and MCA Records in the United States in 1996.[3] Its release coincided with the release of the remastered original albums (omitting My Generation for contractual reasons) and thus contained the newly remastered versions of the songs, and some also remixed.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Pete Townshend except where noted.

  1. "I Can't Explain" – 2:04
  2. "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" (Townshend/Roger Daltrey) – 2:40
    • 1965 single
    • Producer: Shel Talmy
  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
    • from the U.S. release of A Quick One called Happy Jack, 1966
    • Producer: Kit Lambert
  8. "Pictures of Lily" – 2:45
    • 1967 single
    • Producer: Kit Lambert
  9. "I Can See for Miles" – 4:21
  10. "Magic Bus" – 3:15
  11. "Pinball Wizard" – 3:00
    • from Tommy, 1969
    • Producer: Kit Lambert
  12. "The Seeker" – 3:22
    • 1970 single
    • Producer: Kit Lambert, The Who
  13. "Baba O'Riley" – 5:07
  14. "Won't Get Fooled Again" – 8:32
    • from Who's Next
    • Producer: The Who, Glyn Johns
  15. "Let's See Action" – 4:02
    • 1971 single
    • Produced by The Who; Associate Producer: Glyn Johns
  16. "5:15" – 4:49
    • from Quadrophenia, 1973
    • Producer: The Who, Kit Lambert & Glyn Johns
  17. "Join Together" – 4:22
    • 1972 single
    • Produced by The Who, Associate Producer: Glyn Johns
  18. "Squeeze Box" – 2:40
  19. "Who Are You" (Single edit) – 5:02
  20. "You Better You Bet" – 5:37

Sales chart performance[edit]

Album
Year Chart Position
1996 UK Chart Albums 11[4]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[5] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[6] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Personnel[edit]

Design

References[edit]

  1. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 1227. ISBN 1-57859-061-2.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "The Who: Album Guide". rollingstone.com. Archived from the original on 6 February 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  3. ^ "The Who Official Band Website - Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, and Keith Moon | | My Generation - The Very Best of The Who". Thewho.com. 1 April 1999. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  4. ^ The Who at Official Charts Company
  5. ^ "British album certifications – Who – My Generation - The Very Best Of The Who". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type My Generation - The Very Best Of The Who in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  6. ^ "American album certifications – The Who – My Generation - The Very Best Of The Who". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.