The remastered Kinks classic Sleepwalker, reissued by Velvel, is an extremely satisfying CD. The band has a tight, stripped-down sound that really emphasizes the talents of the individual musicians. Dave demonstrates a more contained style on his solo's, to effectively complement the mood and feel of Ray's lyrics without sacrificing the "sound" he has made famous. The CD starts out with a great one-two combination of "Life On The Road" and "Mr. Big Man". Dave the rave is in great form on "Mr. Big Man", with his guitar providing the perfect punctuation to Ray's biting condemnation of a former friend who made it big and forgot where he came from. The title song, "Sleepwalker", is a Kinks rocker that again features great guitar work. This time a nice give and take between Dave and Ray. "Brother" foreshadows some of the darker themes on the CD, and finds the band in excellent harmony while singing about changing relationships. "Juke Box Music" is another all out rocker that every Kinks fan can relate to, as Ray teases his fans about the importance of Kinks music in their lives. "Sleepless Night", "Stormy Sky" and "Full Moon" are pleasant sounding songs, with pleasing melodies that belie their darker subject matter of broken relationships, loss of identity and madness. As usual, Ray ties up all the loose ends in unique Kinks fashion with the philosophical "Life Goes On", a rock assertion that no matter what happens, life goes on. This CD may be the best musically that the Kinks have put out. The vocals, music and lyrics have never sounded better. The 4 bonus tracks that appear on this CD offer the Kinks fan a chance to hear songs that were previously unreleased in the US. Interesting to note that "The Poseur" was considered for the title song (according to liner notes). I know it's only juke box music, but I like it!