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4.6 out of 5 stars
Something Else By the Kinks
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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 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 18 March 2017
This is an excellent understated LP with a range of styles including baroque pop, pastoral folk and up tempo sing-alongs about cigarettes. My favourite track is Funny Face with its great bass line and unusual rhythm.
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on 21 February 2018
Great album. Like the other Kinks albums they just get better with every listen. Really enjoy these reissues with both the mono and stereo albums, + singles, B sides, rarities/outtakes and live BBC tracks.
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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 23 February 2018
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on 21 February 2018
brilliant cd
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on 10 December 2012
The Kinks' 5th album shows an exquisite sound for a band at its prime, back in 1967. Both the mono and stereo versions are worth listening to, together with a set of bonus tracks which round up one of The Kinks' discrete masterpieces. Paving the way for the more mature and definitive Village Green, Something Else confirms the step ahead made with the previous album, Face to Face.
All in all, this is a flawless record, and a must-have in any discography. And, now that's available, get hold of the 2-disc Special Edition, and you won't regret it.
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on 18 August 2012
This was the second vinyl album I bought in the late sixties and the new digipak version is a bargain. The album is classic Ray & Dave Davies at their best and the new release has loads of extra stuff with both stereo & mono mixes of the original album plus loads of bonus stuff and extensive documentation. Can't fault it.
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on 7 July 2016
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