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The Who unearth “The Girls I Could Have Had” for My Generation box set — listen

on October 13, 2016, 11:45am

Next month, The Who will unveil a huge box set edition of My Generation, their 1965 debut album. The super five-disc bundle packs a boatload of bonus material in the form of alternate takes, new mixes, and even three previously unreleased tracks pulled from the archives. One of those unheard cuts has surfaced today, a bluesy number called “The Girls I Could Have Had”.

The band’s own Pete Townsend spoke to The Guardian about the song:

“I have often said about my early songs that I tried hard to appeal to Roger’s sense of late teenage machismo. Either that, or I attempted to sound like Jan & Dean so that Keith Moon — who was a surf music fan – would get behind the song. Here, a rather machismo and bragging song slipped away because it was more about me than Roger Daltrey, and certainly not a surf number. It’s about my lack of success with girls when I lived at Chesham Place, partly because I spent all my time in my studio. Roger did very well with girls; it would never have worked for him to sing this lyric. The lyric is also fantastical. I make it sound as though I was turning down girls every day. In real life I was probably piqued that rarely happened. My tape machine was my mistress.”

Hear it for yourself below.

Check out the box set’s artwork and full tracklisting below.

My Generation Box Set Artwork:

who The Who unearth The Girls I Could Have Had for My Generation box set    listen

My Generation Box Set Tracklist:

CD1: Original album (mono mixes)

01. Out In The Street
02. I Don’t Mind
03. The Good’s Gone
04. La-La-La Lies
05. Much Too Much
06. My Generation
07. The Kids Are Alright
08. Please, Please, Please
09. It’s Not True
10. I’m A Man
11. A Legal Matter
12. The Ox

CD2: Original album (new stereo mixes)

01. Out In The Street
02. I Don’t Mind
03. The Good’s Gone
04. La-La-La Lies
05. Much Too Much
06. My Generation
07. The Kids Are Alright
08. Please, Please, Please
09. It’s Not True
10. I’m A Man
11. A Legal Matter
12. The Ox

CD3: Mono mixes – bonus tracks

01. I Can’t Explain
02. Bald Headed Woman
03. Daddy Rolling Stone
04. Leaving Here
05. Lubie, Come Back Home
06. Shout And Shimmy
07. (Love Is Like A) Heatwave
08. Motoring
09. 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

01. Out In The Street (Alt – Take 1)
02. I Don’t Mind (Full Length Version)
03. The Good’s Gone (Full Length Version)
04. My Generation (Instrumental Version)
05. The Kids Are Alright (Alt – Take 1)
06. I Can’t Explain
07. Bald Headed Woman
08. Daddy Rolling Stone
09. 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: Primal Scoop – The Demos

01. My Generation (V 3)
02. My Generation (V 2 – fragment)
03. The Girls I Could’ve Had
04. It’s Not True
05. As Children We Grew
06. Legal Matter
07. Sunrise (V 1)
08. Much Too Much
09. My Own Love
10. La-La-La- Lies
11. The Good’s Gone

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