This song has a driving tempo and in a club was likely to cause everybody to move in unison. While I can see where some might enthuse over this one it's another that didn't hit me.
It's not obvious disco, but definitely a song to dance to. Okay, it has interesting guitar extrapolations. The melody and beat work precisely together here. The vocals carry the tune but are not dominant, they work with the instrumentation.
A pretty song, appropriate for a closing set for lovers to dance close to before going home together. My take on over minutes of South African disco music, untinged by nostalgia, is to wonder: can it be that South Africa improved on disco? I conclude: Yes. About a third of the musical contents of these two discs is disco for rock fans, so rockified that one might ask, "Disco?
What disco? The couple of songs that I didn't respond to as strongly as others most certainly don't detract from the whole. Il Merseybeat a tesi di Davies coniuga l'atmosfera parodistica e ritualistica del music-hall con situazioni tratte dalla vita di tutti i giorni. Il clima degli anni '50, con piano boogie e tromba swing e un'andatura da club fumoso di periferia, dirompe in Dead End Street novembre , sull'amaro destino dei teppisti.
I Kinks rasentano la perfezione formale in Waterloo Sunset maggio , la storia di due innamorati che riescono ad essere felici anche in mezzo allo squallore e Autumn Almanac ottobre , con trombone e pianoforte , non solo orecchiabili ma anche eleganti, all'insegna di un preziosismo essenziale che fonde geometriche e ariose armonie vocali con melodie lineari e interventi strumentali precisi ed accurati.
The Village Green Preservation Society , Arthur , Lola , Kronikles Reprise, sono documentari, album di fotografie, teneri ricordi del passato, saghe familiari e diarii sociali, piccanti commentari di un cronista affettuoso, ironico e severo.
Canzoni di gente comune, tenui, umili e gentili, si fondono mirabilmente con l'eleganza e il "wit" daviesiani. Il "villaggio" inglese rivive nei ritornelli arguti, e talvolta commossi, che si susseguono come in una lunga fantasia melodica, ognuno rifinito con un gusto strumentale diverso la ballata western Johnny Thunder , l'epico blues-rock di Animal Farm , la classicheggiante Village Green , il vaudeville All Of My Friends , l'elegia surreale di Phenominal Cat , per citare solo i migliori di Village Green.
L'eloquenza fa perdere efficacia alle gag della loro clownerie e costringe la musica a ripiegare nell'evasione superficiale.
La storia di Mr. Le idee di Davies, diluite in questi lunghi racconti, perdono grazia e mordente. Davies continuava tranquillamente il suo candido artigianato, indifferente alle mode e all'aumentare o al diminuire delle vendite, arrivando persino a imprevedibili vertici di successo con le canzoncine dell'ultimo periodo: Juke-box Music , un rock and roll alla Who, tratto da Sleepwalker Arista, , Rock And Roll Fantasy , tratto da Misfits Arista, , Superman e Low Budget , un truce boogie sudista, tratti da Low Budget , Destroyer , un loro tipico ritornello sul riff duro di All Day e Better Things , un ritorno all'antica, tratti da Give People What They Want , Come Dancing , uno spigliato reggae-vaudeville da steel band, tratto da State Of Confusione , Do It Again , un altro rock and roll duro e corale, tratto da Word Of Mouth , Lost And Found , una ballata amara con tracce del melodramma proletario di Springsteen.
Phobia Columbia, , con Did Ya , fu l'unico album degli anni ' JA Something Else Don't let the tritely hip pun of an album title fool you: this is a serious effort, and it shows considerable improvement in recording technique, songwriting ability, and overall versatility.
Ray had begun to experiment with droning psychedelia "Lazy Old Sun" , sentimental character sketches in the style of " Eleanor Rigby " "Two Sisters" , and a rough, music-hall inspired Cockney sense of humor "Harry Rag" , all of which would feature importantly in his work over the next few albums.
Davies' earlier, sneering character assassination formula is well represented "David Watts" , and the record ends with a magnificent ballad you're sure to know - "Waterloo Sunset," an impressively complex composition and probably Rasa Davies' high point as a backing vocalist. There's even a silly audience sing-along on the tail end of "Sunny Afternoon," and the girls inexplicably break into "Happy Birthday" at one point.
The remaining track selection draws heavily from the band's two albums, although of course there's a take on "You Really Got Me" - plus a bit of the theme from the Batman TV show on the high-voltage, eight minute rave up that ends the record.
Fans will get a blast out of it all: the players are clearly having a good time "Come On Now" , the song material is quite strong for this era "A Well Respected Man" , and Ray's voice is in good form perhaps some of the vocals were overdubbed. In all honesty, this is the best widely-available live record to come out of the entire British Invasion - competitors like the Beatles and Stones fell flat on their faces with similar efforts.
Focusing nostalgically but somewhat erratically on rural life in England, Davies is equally comfortable with epics "Big Sky"; "Animal Farm" , straight-ahead rockers the wickedly funny "Wicked Annabella" , humorous but biting slices of life the upbeat "Picture Book" and "People Take Pictures of Each Other" , Alice-in-Wonderland psychedelia "Phenomenal Cat" , old-fashioned love songs the Latin-flavored "Monica" , and rock anthems title track.
There's so much good songwriting here that it's hard to pick out only a few favorites - every lyric really has something interesting to get across, and the heavy-hitting musical hooks are endless. There isn't a misfire anywhere; the only drawback is Ray's limited repertoire of chord progressions and Dave's predictable pentatonic riffing. JA Arthur The soundtrack for a British television drama, Arthur is a coherent description of a fictional working-class British family, full of clever and sarcastic lyrics and graced by sophisticated production values - harpsichord, brass, and sound effects are all used liberally, and the song structures rank among the most ambitious Ray ever attempted.
The two A-sides are outstanding and solidly in Davies' anthemic style "Victoria"; "Shangri-la". But most of the other tracks fall into two very different categories: sarcastic war protests the heart-wrenching "Some Mother's Son"; "Mr. The only misfire comes when Davies for once lets the band rock out with an extended jam on the otherwise amusingly inane "Australia"- but they weren't musically competent enough to pull it off, and it eventually becomes a bore.
JA Lola The twisted title track is probably the band's biggest hit, but it has nothing to do with most of the record, a concept album that condemns the rock industry "Top Of The Pops"; "The Moneygoround". The other excellent A-side is also independent of the theme "Apeman," the best rock-song ode to evolution I've ever heard. Nonetheless, the collection holds together fairly well, rocks out when it has to "Powerman" , shifts gears for a pretty ballad "This Time Tomorrow" , and scores a few good jabs on the lyrical side.
As a bonus, Dave Davies is allowed a couple of entertaining head-bangers after having been banished to the singles market during the late 60s "Rats". Unfortunately, there's little new ground broken anywhere, and the band's arrangements and chord progressions have started to get formulaic. JA Percy A remarkably lame movie soundtrack. Ray is so strapped for ideas that he even includes a pathetic instrumental re-recording of "Lola.
Previous albums had used little or no orchestration, and although this had probably been because of financial constraints, Percy makes it seem to have been a clever production strategy.
Another concept record on the theme of working class English life, like Arthur "20th Century Man"; "Uncle Son"; title track - but far blacker. Meanwhile, Ray's production devolves to a bizarre, laid-back acoustic ragtime sound - complete with accordions, trombones, frequent slide guitars, and, of course, a tinkling piano, courtesy of new Kink John Gosling.
Mature, inventive, and strangely restful, it's a good companion to the earlier records despite the lack of a memorable hit. By now Ray Davies seems to have been fed up, both with his 60s sound and with the rock 'n' roll lifestyle.
There's no lyrical focus apart from entertainingly sarcastic, but essentially navel-gazing analyses of life on the road. And Davies annoyingly recycles chord progressions on tune after tune.
Sunshine Superman. All Day and All of the Night. Friday on My Mind. Harry Vanda. The Easybeats. Needles and Pins. Jack Nitzsche. The Searchers. How Do You Do It? Mitch Murray. Love Potion Number Nine. A Wolrd Without Love. The Hollies. Joe Meek. The Tornados. Everyone's Gone to the Moon. Jonathan King. Catch the Wind. Track Listing - Disc 3. Time of the Season. For Your Love. Graham Gouldman. The Yardbirds. Here Comes My Baby. Cat Stevens.
The Tremeloes. A Whiter Shade of Pale. Procol Harum. Bus Stop. I'm a Man. Steve Winwood. Build Me Up Buttercup. Tony Hatch. Petula Clark. Georgy Girl. What's New Pussycat?Il primo album, The Kinks (Pye, ), conteneva classici del rhythm and blues ma anche Stop Your Sobbing, una canzone "domestica" che lasciava intuire un'indole diversa da quella di You Really Got Me. In USA usci` invece You Really Got Me con qualche differenza di brani.