On this day in music history: December 3, 1965…

On this day in music history: December 3, 1965 – “My Generation”, the debut album by The Who is released. Produced by Shel Talmy, it is recorded at IBC Studios in London from April, October 11 – 14, 1965. The majority of the of Who’s first album is recorded in just four days of studio time and includes covers of the band’s favorite R&B numbers as well as originals by Pete Townshend. The title track is their biggest hit in the UK peaking at #2. It spins off three more singles including “The Kids Are Alright” and “A Legal Matter”. The album is released in the US with a slightly altered track listing as “The Who Sings My Generation” in April 1966. In 2002, the album is mixed into true stereo for the first time by the original producer Shel Talmy, who has been in possession of the original three track session tapes since the recording sessions nearly fifty years before. The stereo version is released as part of a two CD deluxe edition. In December of 2014, the album is reissued as a digital download (on iTunes and HD Tracks) with the original mono and stereo remix versions, along with additional bonus tracks. In December of 2016, “Generation” is reissued as a five CD “Super Deluxe” box set. Featuring newly remastered versions of the original mono and the remixed stereo versions, it also contains three additional CD’s with fifty five bonus tracks including alternate takes, instrumentals and new mixes. It is to be followed by a three LP set in February of 2017, featuring the mono mixes, bonus mono tracks and demo recordings. A two LP set featuring the stereo mixes and more bonus tracks is to be issued along side the mono version. “My Generation” peaks at number five on the UK album chart.