Your favorite Kinks album ... from a recording perspective

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From a recording perspective, what's your favorite Kinks album?

Face to Face
2
9%
Something Else
5
23%
Village Green Preservation Society
8
36%
Arthur...
1
5%
Lola...
2
9%
Muswell Hillbillies
4
18%
 
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Your favorite Kinks album ... from a recording perspective

Post by greenmeansjoe » Wed Jan 07, 2004 8:09 am

Recording-wise, I like "Village Green" the best. It's so rough and oddly-mixed, which is part of what makes it so good. I have a soft spot for "Lola" too. The vocals on Apeman are just plain buried. I've never understood that.

Music-wise, my favorite is "Arthur."

Anyway. I figured some of you Kinks fans might have fun with this.

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Post by Kyle Motor » Wed Jan 07, 2004 8:22 am

I like Face To Face a lot. The name of it escapes me at the moment (cd is in the truck), but the song that starts out with the big sounding drums...sweet.

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Post by A.David.MacKinnon » Wed Jan 07, 2004 8:23 am

I only have some best-of records so I can't comment on "albums" but I think their late 60's era (before the line-up changed) is my fav.
Stuff like Waterloo Sunset, Days, and Autumn Almanac.
Great writing and really cool production. Very lush but also quite simple.

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Post by greenmeansjoe » Wed Jan 07, 2004 9:07 am

Kyle Motor wrote:I like Face To Face a lot. The name of it escapes me at the moment (cd is in the truck), but the song that starts out with the big sounding drums...sweet.
Is it "Holiday in Waikiki"?

I love the intro to "Session Man," too, with the big harpsichord part.

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Post by Rick Hunter » Wed Jan 07, 2004 10:27 am

I really like that song


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Post by Kyle Motor » Wed Jan 07, 2004 10:36 am

thekingandcaroline wrote:
Kyle Motor wrote:I like Face To Face a lot. The name of it escapes me at the moment (cd is in the truck), but the song that starts out with the big sounding drums...sweet.
Is it "Holiday in Waikiki"?

I love the intro to "Session Man," too, with the big harpsichord part.

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Holiday in Waikiki...that's it. It's one of those things that even though I know it'll sound bad for the song, I wish the drums stayed that loud for the whole thing. Other than that I'm just a sucker for the early singles too, especially the trifecta "You Really Got Me/All Day.../I Need You". If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

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Post by scarygroover » Wed Jan 07, 2004 12:17 pm

wow. all these are great records. I have been really into something else lately.

The chord changes in "lazy old sun" are so strange and cool. I love the bird sounds on "end of a season". such a cool band. great writing!!!

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Post by mattmlpdx » Wed Jan 07, 2004 1:45 pm

I don't know if I can pick a favorite album, but I'll second End of the Season as an amazing song all around, and I think that "See My Friends" is a terrifc tune with really cool production and an amazing vibe.

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Post by mrdazobee » Wed Jan 07, 2004 1:53 pm

Did anyone read the news lately?Ray is recovering in hospital after he was shot in the leg trying to save his girlfriends bag from the clutches of a mugger in London.....Speedy recovery Ray!....Back to the thread.Villiage Green gets my vote.

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Post by scarygroover » Wed Jan 07, 2004 2:08 pm

yes I hear is doing ok. good!

I agree that see my friends has an amazing vibe. I love when it suspends on that chord then just resolves and drops you into exacxtly what you need to hear to resolve when he sings " PLaying across the water". Timeless.

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Post by aurelialuz » Wed Jan 07, 2004 3:14 pm

yeah, i gotta go with something else, it's just so consistent throughout; big, warm, even. the later albums like arthur and lola start sounding more and more dull to me. especially lola, it sounded like such mush i gave up on the songs. but i've heard that over the years pressings of it have varied wildly.

i can't believe you didn't even put kontroversy in the list! pound for pound, maybe not the best, but 'till the end of the day' blows doors! and the kinks worked so fast in those days, it's effortless and it shows.

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Post by norton » Wed Jan 07, 2004 5:18 pm

this is a tough question... i love those albums, and what about something else?? that's a great sounding album.

i've got to go with muswell, if not only because ray and company do countrified americana better than most americans.

to me it's one of their bigger more open sounding albums... a perfect sonic companion to lola vs. powerman.

kinks!!!

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Post by greenmeansjoe » Wed Jan 07, 2004 6:20 pm

norton wrote:a perfect sonic companion to lola vs. powerman.
How so?

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Post by greenmeansjoe » Wed Jan 07, 2004 6:26 pm

aurelialuz wrote:the later albums like arthur and lola start sounding more and more dull to me. especially lola, it sounded like such mush i gave up on the songs. but i've heard that over the years pressings of it have varied wildly.
I agree that Lola sounds pretty mushy. It actually took me awhile to get past that, but recently I've been listening to it a lot. The songs are ace, and I've even started to appreciate the mix.

As for your comment on Kontroversy ... I just don't think it's in the same league as the stuff they did from '66 to '71. Sure, Til the End of the Day is a great tune, but, to me, Face to Face shows such a quantum leap in quality over Kontroversy.

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