Monday, August 8, 2011


Several high profile releases have come into the Media Department recently. The long-unreleased Neil Young work A Treasure, the new Arctic Monkeys, the new Beyonce, and more.

Perhaps a little under the radar, but well worth a listen is the 1966 recording Face To Face by the Kinks. The band, one of the most influential of its time, entered a new and significant phase with this release. Ray Davies' writing for the album represents "the first full flowering of Davies' use of narrative, observation, and wry social commentary in his songs (Wikipedia)." And what great songs: "Party Line," "Dandy," and "Sunny Afternoon." The edition owned by the library contains another true Kinks classic "I'm not Like Everybody Else." Not all pop recordings sound good 40 years after their release. Face to Face remains fresh, compelling and fun.

More from the Kinks:
BBC Sessions: 1964-1977
Greatest Hits
Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround
Muswell Hillbillies
Something Else (another significant recording from the year after Face to Face)
The Kink Kronicles

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