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Face To Face [Deluxe Edition, Double CD, Original recording remastered]

The Kinks Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Jun 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Double CD, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B004XGA3I6
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,148 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Party Line
2. Rosie Won't You Please Come Home
3. Dandy
4. Too Much On My Mind
5. Session Man
6. Rainy Day In June
7. A House In The Country
8. Holiday In Waikiki
9. Most Exclusive Residence For Sale
10. Fancy
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Disc: 2
1. Party Line
2. Rosie Won't You Please Come Home
3. Dandy
4. Too Much On My Mind
5. Session Man
6. Rainy Day In June
7. A House In The Country
8. Holiday In Waikiki
9. Most Exclusive Residence For Sale
10. Fancy
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Like many fans of this great British band, I've watched the release of 6 Kinks 'Deluxe Editions' since the beginning of 2011 with a certain amount of scepticism. Haven't these albums been done to death already and isn't this just more monetary milking of it? But then several of our customers began to rave about the great new remastered sound on these doubles - so I took the plunge on "Face To Face", "Something Else"" and "Arthur..." - and they were right. They're better than previous issues - and how. But along with the gains (there are also 8 'previously unreleased' tracks), there are some strange omissions too...

Here are the details first - "Face To Face DELUXE EDITION" was released 20 June 2011 in the UK on Universal/Sanctuary 277 262-0 and breaks down as follows:

Disc 1 (57:35 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 14 are the MONO version of "Face To Face" LP released 28 October 1966 in the UK on Pye Records NPL 18149 and 7 December 1966 in the USA on Reprise Records R 6228
Tracks 15 and 16 are "Dead End Street" and "Big Black Smoke" - they are the MONO A&B-side of a non-album 7" single released 18 November 1966 in the UK on Pye Records 7N.17222 and 30 November 1966 in the USA on Reprise Records 0540
Track 17 is "This Is Where I Belong" - the MONO non-album B-side of a UK 7" single on Pye Records 7N.17314, released 21 April 1967, pressed up for export issue to Europe - it's A-side is "Mr. Pleasant" (that track is missing here - it's on the 2004 CD reissue)
Track 18 is "She's Got Everything" - the MONO non-album B-side of the UK 7" single on Pye Records 7N.17573, released 28 June 1968 (A-side is "Days"). It was also released in the USA on 24 July 1968 on Reprise Records 9762.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Sound 20 Jun 2011
By Mr. J. A. Smith VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The previous cd issue of Face to Face was bass-light and too high at the top end, making it sound incredibly dated. Despite being called a 'remaster' it was not up to scratch.

But the good news is that this really is. The mastering has been done well, sorting out the issues mentioned above and at last helping the drums and guitars to sound like drums and guitars. Due to the nature of how the Kinks recorded, it's not necessarily a slick sound by any means, but it is clearer whilst retained the dirtiness which is typical of their earlier sound. It's hard to imagine this sounding better.

The packaging itself has been really well done, with a great booklet, lots of photos and a really nicely designed chunky fold out case. There is also the advantage of both stereo and mono recordings with all the singles and b-sides (Look out in particular for Big Black Smoke!). These sound great.

Overall it's the mono which wins out for me. The stereo has a brittle prettiness to it which is really nice, but there is a purposefulness and intensity to the mono which fits the dark lyrics. At times Ray sounds on the edge of a mental breakdown and its worth listening to the lyrics carefully to find the desperation beneath the cheeky smile. Lyrically he is incredible.

This is a great place to start if you have the best of the Kinks and want to expand your collection. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Wayne Klein VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Opening with the one-two punch of Dave Davies' "Party Line" (incorrectly attributed to Ray here--Dave wrote it according to his autobiography)and "Rosie Won't You Please Come Home", "Face to Face" the fourth album by The Kinks is in many respects Ray Davies "Rubber Soul" or "Aftermath" (if we want to compare Ray to the two biggest bands of his era); the detailed songwriting and the focus on the small details of life in the U.K. as well as its strong English flavor make this an essential album for Kinks fans.

The deluxe edition features both the mono (disc one)and stereo (disc two) mixes of the album. Most Kinks fans prefer the mono version of the album but both have their merit. The mixes differ slightly and provide a unique experience individually. The album sounds better than it ever has with the original mastertapes used where possible. Audiophile should keep in mind though that this is louder than previous editions but still manages to be quite dynamic.

Disc one also features the following bonus tracks: "Dead End Street", "Big Black Smoke", "This Is Where I Belong", "She's Got Everything" (an essential b-side)all of which were singles/b-sides and all presented in mono. The first disc is rounded out with alternate takes of "Little Miss Queen of Darkness" and "Dead End Street" (in fact this is the first unreleased version and sounds like it was transferred from an acetate).

Disc two rounds up "This Is Where I Belong", "She's Got Everything" (previously released on the U.S. "The Kinks Kronikles" 2 disc set but from an inferior copy), "Big Black Smoke" all in stereo.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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...and most of the other "Deluxe Edition" Kinks reissues? I gave it five stars because I own it, and it's wonderful...but I've been wanting to buy this and "Arthur" for a friend, and although Amazon has the mp3 download version available for sale, these (and "Something Else") are out of stock on CD, and selling for exorbitant amounts through Amazon Marketplace sellers.

I'm aware that Sanctuary/UMG (who originally released them) was acquired by Sanctuary/BMG a year ago, but are they set for re-release? (It *is* the Kinks' 50th anniversary and all...)

I have an order in for this and "Arthur", with an estimated delivery date of no later than next Friday, March 14. Somehow, I suspect that won't be happening, since I ordered them back in January...

Any news, Amazon...?
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