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VINE VOICEon 28 August 2011
Irony laced the career of The Kinks how else to describe how during their most creative period they were banned from playing in America causing their impact to be a shadow of what it had been when "You Really Got Me" broke.

This deluxe edition supervised and remastered (with Dan Hersh)by Andrew Sandoval features both the mono and stereo versions of this classic album as well as single tracks, bonus outtakes and previously unreleased BBC sessions recorded by the band in support of this terrific album.

The sound is exceptionally good--yes, it is louder than the previous version but the album still sounds quite dynamic and Sandoval was able to locate the best sounding tapes for these reissues. The mono sounds particularly good--very punchy with a lot of presence.

Disc one features the entire mono album as well as the single tracks "Act Nice and Gentle", "Mr. Pleasant", "Susannah's Still Alive", "Autumn Almanac". The remainder of the album is fleshed out by the following BBC tracks; "Sunny Afternoon", "Autumn Almanac", "Mr. Pleasant", "Susannah's Still Alive" (duplicating the singles included), "David Watts". We also get previously unreleased alternate mixes/versions of "David Watts", "Harry Rag" and the rare "Afternoon Tea" from the Canadian mono mix of the album.

The previously released BBC tracks also appear--"Love Me Till The Sun Shines", "Death of a Clown", "Good Luck Charm" and "Harry Rag".

Disc two consists of the entire album in stereo as well as the single tracks "Susannah's Still Live", "Autumn Almanac". "Sand in My Shoe" an early working version with completely different lyrics and a different musical performance of "Tin Soldier Man" as well as alternate mixes of "Afternoon Tea", "Mr. Pleasant", "Lazy Old Sun", "Funny Face" all remixed by Andrew Sandoval for stereo. We also get the rare German stereo mix of "Afternoon Tea" and an alternative backing track of "Tin Soldier Man" discovered by Andrew and remixed for stereo.

There's a great booklet included that discusses the making of the album, the various tracks and includes the recording dates (where known) for the various tracks on the album.

This deluxe edtion of "Something Else" puts the original U.S. version on Reprise to shame and is a step up for Kinks fans.
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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 Reckless Records customers began to rave about the great new remastered sound on these doubles - so I took the plunge and they were right. These are better than previous 2004 single issues - and how. But along with the gains (there's 12 'previously unreleased' tracks), there are some minor omissions too...

Here are the details first - "Something Else By...DELUXE EDITION" was released 20 June 2011 in the UK on Universal/Sanctuary 273 214-1 and breaks down as follows:

Disc 1 (79:46 minutes):
1. David Watts
2. Death Of A Clown
3. Two Sisters
4. No Return
5. Harry Rag
6. Tin Soldier Man
7. Situation Vacant
8. Love Me Till The Sun Shines
9. Lazy Old Sun
10. Afternoon Tea
11. Funny Face
12. End Of The Season
13. Waterloo Sunset
Tracks 1 to 13 are the MONO version of the LP "Something Else By The Kinks" released 15 September 1967 in the UK on Pye Records NPL 18193 and January 1968 in the USA on Reprise Records R 6279 [Mono Variant Was Promo-Only in the USA]
Track 14 is "Act Nice And Gentle" - the Mono non-album A-side of a UK 7" single released 5 May 1967 on Pye Records 7N.17321
Track 15 is "Mr. Pleasant" - the Mono non-album A-side of a UK 7" single on Pye Records 7N.17314. Released 21 April 1967, it pressed up for export issue to Europe. It was also issued in the USA on 24 May 1967 on Reprise Records 0587. Its non-album B-side is "That is Where I Belong" - that track is 'not' available here - it's on the "Face To Face Deluxe Edition"
Track 16 is "Susannah's Still Alive" - credited to Dave Davies, it's the Mono A-side of a UK 7" single released November 1967 on Pye Records 7N.17429 - it was issued in the USA on 31 January 1968 on Reprise Records 0660
Track 17 is "Autumn Almanac" - the Mono A-side of a UK 7" single released 13 October 1967 on Pye Records 7N.17400 - it was also issued 29 November 1967 in the USA on Reprise Records 0647
Tracks 18 and 19 are "Harry Rag" and "David Watts" - Alternate Takes, both are 'Previously Unreleased'
Track 20 is "Afternoon Tea" - An Alternate Mix - It was originally issued as a Canadian 7" single on Pye 828 in October 1967
Tracks 21 to 29 are "Sunny Afternoon", "Autumn Almanac", "Mr. Pleasant", "Susannah's Still Alive", "David Watts", "Love Me Till The Sun Shines", "Death Of A Clown", "Good Luck Charm" and "Harry Rag" - all are BBC Recordings (August to October 1967) with 21 to 25 being 'Previously Unreleased'
Track 30 is "Little Women - Unfinished Backing Track" - first released in 1998 on the "Face To Face" CD reissue

Disc 2 (69:42 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 13 (titles as per Disc 1) are the STEREO version of the LP - Pye Records NSPL 18193 in the UK and Reprise Records RS 6279 in the USA
Tracks 14 and 15 are "Susannah's Still Alive" and "Autumn Almanac" - these 2 STEREO versions were first slotted for release on the 1968 "Four More Respected Gentlemen" UK LP, but withdrawn - they finally saw release in the USA on the 2LP Reprise Records retrospective "Kinks Kronikles" in March 1972.
Tracks 16 to 20 are "Sand On My Shoes", "Afternoon Tea", "Mr. Pleasant", "Lazy Old Sun" and "Funny Face" - all are Stereo and 'Previously Unreleased'
Tracks 21 is "Afternoon Tea" - a German Stereo Mix released on the German LP version in December 1967 on Pye Hitton HTSLP 340044
Track 22 is "Tin Soldier Man" - and is 'Previously Unreleased'

The 24-page booklet is as tastefully laid out as the "Face To Face" issue is - they all have the same generic look - liners notes by noted writer PETER DOGGETT (Record Collector magazine), photos of both the UK and US LP artwork along with many rare Euro and US 7" single picture sleeves, trade adverts, newspaper clippings, memorabilia and input from fan sites etc. The breakdown of the tracks is very well done too - what came from what and why. Both of the discs are also themed - the CDs reflect the purple colouring of the original UK Pye Records LP label - with Side 1 pictured beneath the see-through tray of CD1 and Side 2 beneath the tray of CD2 - all nice touches.

ANDREW SANDOVAL, DAN HERSCH (of Digiprep and Rhino fame) and ANDY PEARCE carried out the remasters - and the sound quality is exceptionally good. The STEREO mixes in particular are superb and so fresh, not just separated two-channel reprocessing, but a cohesive whole - very warm and beautifully clear. The difference between the MONO and STEREO versions in fact is acute (as it is on "Face To Face"). Some prefer the stark power of the MONO, but I think this is one of those 'Deluxe Editions' that actually benefits from the presence of both - they different beasts for sure - but equally admirable.

To the record itself - with "Sgt. Peppers" thrashing everything in sight from 1 June 1967 to the end of the year, that goliath's presence perhaps goes some way to explaining why an album as brilliant as "Something Else..." was virtually ignored by the public on both sides of the pond. It made number 35 on the LP charts for 2 weeks in the UK and barely scraped 153 in the USA for 1 week. Talk about lost masterpiece...

The album opens with a double-whammy - "David Watts" (lyrics above) and "Death Of A Clown" - a duo of lyrical and musical brilliance. "Situation Vacant" is another gem - with lyrics like "...to keep his Mama satisfied, he went and bought the weekly classified..." Few bands excepting maybe The Beatles and The Stones had their finger on the pulse of Sixties society like The Kinks did - the light and the dark. The sonic punch out of both "Afternoon Tea" and the beautiful "Waterloo Sunset" is fantastic too. I love the even-more-trippy vocal on the Alternate "Lazy Old Sun" while the 'Alternate Backing Track' on "Tin Soldier Man" sounds like it will turn up on some retro TV program soon (it may be vocal-less, but it's fully-formed and ready to use). And as with "Face To Face", the keyboard flourishes of ace sessionman Nicky Hopkins can now be heard clearly throughout. Again - the whole thing feels like an embarrassment of riches.

Niggles - couple of B-sides left off (but they're on the "Face To Face" double if you really want them) and I find these new card-digipaks easy to dent and mark without the outer plastic wrap that was on all initial Deluxe Editions. But these are minor points - at a whopping 52 tracks, there's genuinely little to moan about.

To sum up - a superb new remaster on both mixes, properly upgraded packaging and liner notes and extra tracks that actually warrant the title 'bonus'. Very nice indeed.

Recommended like gazing on a fine Waterloo Sunset...
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on 5 September 2011
Released in the autumn of 1967, SOMETHING ELSE BY THE KINKS came across as a kind of polar opposite to The Beatles' SGT. PEPPER - and it was all the better for it. Whereas The Rolling Stones would attract criticism for appearing to slavishly ape PEPPER's psychedelic edge with their soon-to-be-released THEIR SATANIC MAJESTIES REQUEST, The Kinks were perfectly content to plough their own furrow with this delightful album which celebrated the ordinary and the humdrum with both wit and pathos. In the superb booklet accompanying this Deluxe release, Ray Davies thinks that in retrospect the public may not have been quite ready for it - as SOMETHING ELSE's unjustly poor chart showing will testify - but Davies and his fellow Kinks stuck with it, going on to produce the ensuing masterpieces VILLAGE GREEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY and ARTHUR.

On to this particular edition; well, like all the others in this Kinks Deluxe Edition range, SOMETHING ELSE BY THE KINKS is yet another well-researched and thoughtfully packaged set. The mono mix is suitably beefy, but the stereo mix is a real treat, offering a nice balance of sound and some notable differences with its mono equivalent, such as the more prominent organ during the close of 'Situation Vacant'. Overall, though, the stereo mix makes it sound as though The Kinks were working with a much higher recording budget than they were actually able to during their years at Pye Records, and it blesses SOMETHING ELSE BY THE KINKS with the kind of polish associated with The Beatles' albums.

The bonus material is once again a mixture of the familiar (the 'Autumn Almanac' single and fine b-sides like 'Mr. Pleasant') to the curious (the oddly presented German stereo mix of 'Afternoon Tea' and 'Sand In My Shoes', the tune of which was later used for 'Tin Soldier Man'). Once again, the so-hip-he's-square Brian Matthew adds his enthusiastic voice to a clutch of BBC session tracks, although the performance of 'Autumn Almanac' included here sounds rather like the band singing live to the original single's backing track instead of giving a full live performance.

SOMETHING ELSE BY THE KINKS captured the band at the crest of a wave (What better way to end an album than with 'Waterloo Sunset'?) and this enriching Deluxe Edition cements the album's status as a cornerstone of their catalogue.
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on 24 February 2015
I've been a fan of their 'Village Green..' album for the last 10 years or so - just decided to give it a shot as I've had singles collections of theirs before and although it wasn't immediate, that rapidly became a favourite 60s album and the very same is starting to happen with this too! But I've (already) given it 5/5 - that's right.

It starts with David Watts (I've known The Jam version since that was released in '78 but wasn't round for this album) and can see why this band is so influential; together they made for something pretty unique and almost impossible to emulate - they did what others only tried to, over the next decades - and as far back as 1966 when it was a heck of a year for albums - including some of my top faves... Revolver, Pet Sounds, Aftermath, and Love's debut. If you don't know who some of those are by, just do a search and click 'Buy it now' as your life will be enriched no end! :)

And this is now enriching my life... not only as the album itself ends with the incredible Waterloo Sunset, but it also has plenty of bonus tracks - singles, 'a's and 'b's. There are a load of songs on here I was unfamiliar with previously, that are becoming classics to me now. Nice!
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on 22 June 2011
This continues the excellent line of recent Kinks reissues and it sounds better than ever. The mono mix is clear, nicely weighted and full in sound.

But I have to say that the revelation here is the stereo version, which just sounds amazing.

Something Else is one of those albums that gets better and better with time, and this is a beautiful way to finally give it the opportunity it deserves to shine.

The team behind these reissues deserves a medal. They are excellent.
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on 31 July 2011
The deluxe edition of "Something Else" makes clear, that the Kinks were able to create every kind of music in their own kinks-style. In some aspects they were ahead of their time from then on. But they were too grown up and not trendy enough to be able to sell milions of records of such a wonderful lp. I love Waterloo sunset, No return, Harry Rag, End of the season and not to forget Death of a clown. I prefer the stereo version. The instruments are clear and the ssound is cleaner than in mono. It's no garage music on "Something Else". I don't need a every alternate take. I listen to it once and say: Interesting or not interesting. I like to listen to the BBC recordings. Their live character attracts me. I like them all. The question is: Why aren't all BBC recordings on the BBC double-cd? There was much unused time. I suppose it's a question of profit. That's not good to do with the Kinks, who always took their own path without regarding the amount of money they could earn with their music!
The deluxe edition of "Something Else" is very good! Perhaps not for a buyer who doesn't know the Kinks well. For him I recommend the remastered version with bonus tracks from 1998.
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on 11 August 2000
This lp is so simple that it takes you by surprise at just how good it is.The songs stay in your head and you find yourself thinking about them or humming them hours after you stop listening. You meet new caracters like David Watts and the two sisters.This should have been one of the great sellers of the sixties but had no hit singles on this side of the Atlantic.Waterloo Sunset is a lost classic.Rank it with the Zombies' Odessey & Oracle as "lost" gems!
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on 30 October 2011
This is my favourite Kinks album which is saying loads as the consistent quality of the classic four album sequence "Face To Face", "Something Else", "Village Green" and "Arthur" is probably only matched by the Beatles. This is the fourth time I have bought this album on CD since the 1980s and I was having doubts whether I needed one more copy.

Listeing to this deluxe edition has made my weekend. The sound is breathtaking; although many purists go for mono albums up to 1969 as the definitive versions, the dynamics of the stereo version are stunning.

Nice bonus tracks on both the mono and stereo versions too.

One missing gem from these reissues is the Kinks film theme "Till Death Us Do Part" (1969) released in US on "The Great Lost Kinks Album" (1973) but never on CD or in the UK!
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on 9 September 2014
N.B The full review for this album is to be found elsewhere on Amazon.
A superbly crafted Kinks album from 1967, 'Something Else' sums up everything that was really good about the British 'Beat' movement of the 1960's. Fabulous songwriting by Ray Davies - the gorgeous 'Waterloo Sunset' and 'David Watts' are worth the admission fee just on their own.
Also recommended: The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society.
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on 25 December 2000
Written when the Beatles released Pepper `Something Else' certainly had its work cut out. While SGT Pepper was probably the greatest album ever written, the most influential band came up with an interesting collection of songs. The album cover sold it to me but there are some great songs including Waterloo Sunset, Tin soldier man and the catchy Harry Rag.
God save the kinks
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