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Something Else By The Kinks
Something Else By The Kinks
Price: £8.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely their most golden moment!, 21 May 2010
I have every kinks' record and this, along with its predecessor "Face to Face", is my favorite. What makes it so special is hard to describe, but these songs carry forward the London music hall tradition that Ray grew up in and that his family sang together on the weekends. This album too is a family affair with Ray's wife, Rasa, adding beautiful background vocals to several of the songs on the album including the sublime "Waterloo Sunset". The lyrics are simple and carefree "Lazy old sun", "Tin soldier man", "End of the Season". Paul McCartney also wrote a number of songs inspired by music hall "Michelle", "Fixing a Hole", "Your Mother should know" but for me no one did it better than Ray. The next two albums "VGPS" and "Arthur" are also not to be missed!

Hokey Pokey
Hokey Pokey
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Price: £16.76

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars come join the carnival!, 27 Mar 2003
This review is from: Hokey Pokey (Audio CD)
I searched this one out in the used record bins some 20 years ago as a young college freshman. 'Hokey Pokey', 'Smiffy', probably all make Richard cringe now but there is innocence and humour behind these songs that still makes me laugh. You can sense some influence from Mike and Lal Waterson's "Bright Phoebus", for which Richard played guitar in 1972, but Richard took it to a higher level with stark songs like "Old Man Inside a Young Man" and "Heart needs a Home". This album gets relegated to second status behind "IWTSTBLT" and "Pour Down Like Silver" but it is really very different from both and I like it just as well. Here's hoping that Island remasters it with a few bonus tracks (if there are any) and brings it back out. The Hannibal version is really bad - you can really tell a difference between the songs from this album that appear on the "End of the Rainbow" compilation and the same songs on the Hannibal version of this CD.

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