Label: Music Hall - 13.208 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo • Country: Argentina • Genre: Rock • Style: Psychedelic Rock
It marks the final involvement of American producer Shel Talmy in the Kinks' s studio recordings; henceforth Ray Davies would produce recordings.
Many of the recordings feature the keyboard work of Nicky Hopkins and the backing vocals of Ray's wife, Rasa. Two hit singles are included: " Waterloo Sunset " and " Death of a Clown ".
The album was ranked No. As Ray Davies had assumed control over production after the departure of Shel Talmy, Something Else marked a change in the Mystery Song (Single Version) - Status Quo - Blue For You and production style of the Kinks. He felt unsure of his skill in mixing Lamps Collapsing - Hundred Reasons - Singles Club 2 recording their records and later commented, "I feel that I shouldn't have been allowed to produce Something Else.
What went into an album required someone whose approach was a little bit more mundane". Apart from "End of the Season", the album was recorded between Harry Rag - The Kinks - Something Else By The Kinks autumn of and the summer ofwhen the Kinks had cut back on touring and had begun recording and stockpiling songs for Ray's as-yet poorly defined "village green" project. Ray's lyrics on the album deal with English-inspired subject matter, including the harpsichord -laden " Two Sisters ", the lazy shuffle "End of the Season", and the sardonic " David Watts ".
The album includes three songs composed by Dave Daviesincluding the hit single "Death of a Clown". The album sold poorly in the UK, in part because it competed with budget-priced compilation albums of early Kinks hits from —; [ citation needed ] also, Pye Records had released "Waterloo Sunset", "Death of a Clown" and other songs before the Harry Rag - The Kinks - Something Else By The Kinks appeared.
Something Else also sold poorly in the US upon release in January where the group was still the subject of a US ban on live and television performances. James Pomeroy, in a March review in Rolling Stonefelt it was the best album the Kinks had made to that point, praising the "humor, cynicism, perception and irony" where he felt the band are at their best. In a retrospective review for AllMusicStephen Thomas Erlewine felt that the "nostalgic and sentimental" songwriting are key, and that part of "the album's power lies in its calm music, since it provides an elegant support for Davies' character portraits and vignettes".
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