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Classic Kinks, and maybe the first 'concept' rock album.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Face To Face (Audio CD)
Some folks say the Kinks created the 'concept album' on Face To Face: there's a unity to the sound of the album, every song is is an original, and nearly every song is a wry take on some aspect life in Mod mid-60'S England. Of course it doesn't matter if it's a 'concept album' or not, the main thing is it's great music and an essential purchase for any Kinks fan. It was their strongest album to date when it was released in 1966, and it still holds up about four decades on, even with the harpsichord, songs about elves and gnomes, and thunderstorm sound effects.
Many of Ray Davies best efforts are on display: 'Dandy', 'Too Much On My Mind', the Indian flavored 'Fancy', that song about the elves 'Rainy Day in June' and its complement, the eternal hit single 'Sunny Afternoon'. As with most Kinks albums, at least until the 70's, no HARD rock numbers here, but plenty of medium to light ones, full of the kind of melodies and ironic lyrics that reached maturity on "Something Else" and "Village Green".
Remastered ( in the original mono ) and with excellent bonus cuts that include the brilliant "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" and "Mr. Pleasant". Get it quick before it goes out of print yet again.