ARTIST: The Kinks
TITLE: Something Else by the Kinks
YEAR RELEASED: 1967
CHART ACTION: #153 US, #35 UK
SINGLES: Waterloo Sunset (#2 UK), Death of a Clown (#3 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: David Watts.
LINEUP: Ray Davies, Dave Davies, Pete Quaife, Mick Avory. Nicky Hopkins played keyboards. Rasa Davies sang backups.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: One of the better albums in 1967 find the Kinks telling tales about life in the UK during that era. It’s well produced with great songs.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Before the album came out, UK fans flocked to the song “Waterloo Sunset”. Then, they snapped up “Death of a Clown”. When the album came out, though, it didn’t sell through as much as they thought.
Pity, because most every other song is excellent. Ray Davies tells compelling stories in the lyrics, and his arrangements and production (he produced most all of this himself) are well thought out with the right touch of baroque and rock, depending. Dave Davies comes through as well with three great contributions as well.
Album cuts like “David Watts”, “Two Sisters”, “Harry Rag”, “Afternoon Tea”, and “Situation Vacant” are great slices of life articulated by master song craftsmen. Only a couple of cuts don’t excite me as much as the others, but with 13 tracks you’ll get a clinker or two, perhaps. Grab this.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: “Death of a Clown” was actually credited to Dave Davies and not the Kinks when it was released as a single.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, as usual plenty of singles and B-sides to complement the record. “Autumn Almanac” hit #3 in the UK. “Susannah’s Still Alive”, another Dave Davies single, landed at #20, and “Wonderboy” hit #36.
GRADE: A: The Kinks were losing the teen audience, but gaining as musicians, and this album is sterling.