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Not Like ANYBODY Else,
This review is from: Face To Face (Audio CD)
After 40 years of listening to the Kinks, it's a little weird to see someone write that they were trying to fit in --- conform. Their first three albums were just like every other UK beat group, here they began to veer to the left.
This is the Kinks fourth LP. It is, arguably, one of the first albums where Ray had truly hit his stride in writing ideosyncratic lyrics dealing with things truly British.
This album and Something Else are probably the B est Kinks LPs in the Pye period. This record is highly recommended, a must buy.
The Kinks contemporaries in 1966 were the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and The Who. The Beatles did Revolver in 1966, the Rolling Stones did Aftermath, and the Who did A Quick One.
Dead End Street dealt with the hopelessness of the lower class in the UK, Big Black Smoke was Ray's take on London, Dandy was a satire about Carnaby Street (Roger Daltry or Dave Davies might have been the target of this barb), Session Man (was this about Jimmy Page); all these were quintessentially and insularly British. They weren't copying the Beatles, Stones or the Who; if they were, they would have been a whole lot more successful.
1. Party Line - One of my favorites, Ray wailing about sharing his phone line with his neighbors. Who else would write about this stuff?
2. Rosie Won't You Please Come Home - Ray's sister had just emigrated to Australia, Ray's lament gets across his heartbreak in a totally unique song.
3. Dandy - Roger Daltrey was really pissed off about this one, but methinks it was really about Dave, Ray's brother.
4. Too Much on My Mind
5. Session Man - Jimmy Page did You Really Got Me? No bleeding way!
6. Rainy Day in June - Sitting in a hotel writing lyrics, poignant and lyrical.
13. Sunny Afternoon - One of the most beautiful songs in UK history!
15. I'm Not Like Everybody Else [*] - A lcassic covered by nearly every US garage band!
16. Dead End Street [*] - The hopelessness of the British lower class, an clever attack on the class structure, arranged as a cartoon
17. Big Black Smoke [*] - London town
18. Mister Pleasant [*] - Mr Middle Class