My Generation (album dei The Who del 1965)

Un gruppo assurto a vessillo del cosiddetto movimento Mod nel 1965 incide il suo primo album: si chiamava The Detours, ma divenne leggenda col nome The Who. Il disco è MY GENERATION, 12 brani per cominciare a fare la storia.

Out in the street unisce musica nera e impatto immediato: brano dinamico e voce di Daltrey in spolvero. Tra soul e blues l don’t mind, in origine di James Brown, in cui Pete Townshend sciorina una limpida chitarra e Daltrey non sfigura nel confronto col Padrino del Soul. The good’s gone si apre con l’arpeggio di Pete e Daltrey canta magistralmente in modo sporco e dannato. La-la-la-lies e Much to much sono 2 ottime espressioni della personalità degli Who e suonano radiofoniche. Ecco poi il botto del manifesto My generation, in cui confluiscono la rabbia di Roger, la chitarra tagliente di Pete, l’assolo di basso di Entwistle ad esaltare il testo generazionale di Townshend. The kids are alright vola tra melodia e armonie vocali. Riecco dopo il secondo tributo a Brown con Please please e con dei bei fraseggi sulle corde di Pete. It’s not true, unisce beat e rhythm & blues. l’m a man, in origine di Bo Diddley, è il più classico dei blues e Roger fornisce una prestazione vocale da nero. Dopo entrano in scena il boogie e il country di A legal matter. Chiude la cavalcata ruggente e tribale di The ox, alla stregua di un’orgia rumoristica.

Questo capolavoro del rock venne quasi ripudiato dai The Who, che esternarono una frattura tra l’album e e le loro eccellenti prestazioni dal vivo ma la storia senza offesa li ha sbugiardati. Una gradevole curiosità: nel 1966 i Pooh appena entrati in scena ripresero La-la-la-lies col titolo Ora che cosa farai. Inoltre il celebre singolo The Kids aren’t alright degli Offspring, pubblicato nel 1999, è una chiara allusione alla quasi omonima canzone dell’album.

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