Face to Face (The Kinks album)
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|Face to Face|
|Studio album by The Kinks|
|Released||28 October 1966|
|Recorded||23 October 1965 – 21 June 1966 at Pye Studios, London|
|The Kinks chronology|
|Singles from Face to Face|
Face to Face is the fourth studio album by English rock band The Kinks, released on 28 October 1966 through Pye Records. With this album, the band moved away from the hard-driving beat music style of 1964/65, which had catapulted them to international stardom. It was the first Kinks album consisting entirely of Ray Davies compositions.
Ray Davies suffered a nervous breakdown just prior to the major recording sessions for the album. The new style of writing began gradually the previous year with compositions such as "A Well Respected Man" and "Dedicated Follower of Fashion" and in May 1966 with the hit single "Sunny Afternoon", which reached #1 in the UK. This song's great popularity proved to Ray and the Kinks' managers that the group could find success with this style of songwriting. The new album would follow this pattern, as would the group's recorded output for the next five years. The 1966–71 period inaugurated by this album would later be called Ray's and the Kinks' "golden age".
Rock historians have credited the album as arguably one of the first rock and roll concept albums, with the loose common theme of social observation. In the album's original inception, Ray attempted to bridge the songs together with sound effects, but was forced to revert to the more standard album format by Pye Records before the album's release. Some effects remain such as in "Party Line", "Holiday in Waikiki", "Rainy Day in June" and on songs not included in the final album ("End of the Season", "Big Black Smoke").
"I'll Remember" was the earliest track on the album, having been recorded in October 1965 during sessions for The Kink Kontroversy. Two other songs recorded during the Face to Face sessions – "This Is Where I Belong" and "She's Got Everything" – were eventually released as B-sides to singles released in 1967 and 1968, respectively. Both songs eventually appeared on the 1972 US compilation album The Kink Kronikles.
Pete Quaife had temporarily quit the band before the June–July 1966 recording sessions, and his replacement John Dalton can be confirmed playing only on the track "Little Miss Queen of Darkness".
Two songs on Face to Face, although written by Ray, were originally recorded and released by other British bands in the months prior to the release of this album. The Pretty Things had a minor UK hit in July 1966 with "A House in the Country", which peaked at #50; their final entry on the singles charts. Herman's Hermits, meanwhile, took their version of "Dandy" top ten in several countries (including #5 in the US and #1 in Canada), beginning in September 1966. The Rockin' Vickers also recorded a version of "Dandy" which they released as a single in December 1966 in both the UK and the US. They recorded another Ray Davies composition, "Little Rosy", that was never recorded by The Kinks.
Contractual issues held up the release of the album for several months after final recording, and Ray was also in conflict with Pye over the final album cover art, whose psychedelic theme he later felt was inappropriate.
- "Party Line" – 2:35
- "Rosie Won't You Please Come Home" – 2:34
- "Dandy" – 2:12
- "Too Much on My Mind" – 2:28
- "Session Man" – 2:14
- "Rainy Day in June" – 3:10
- "A House in the Country" – 3:03
- "Holiday in Waikiki" – 2:52
- "Most Exclusive Residence for Sale" – 2:48
- "Fancy" – 2:30
- "Little Miss Queen of Darkness" – 3:16
- "You're Lookin' Fine" – 2:46
- "Sunny Afternoon" – 3:36
- "I'll Remember" – 2:27
|Bonus tracks on post-1998 reissues|
|15.||"I'm Not Like Everybody Else"||3:29|
|16.||"Dead End Street"||3:23|
|17.||"Big Black Smoke"||2:36|
|19.||"This Is Where I Belong"||2:26|
|20.||"Mr. Reporter" (Previously unreleased)||3:58|
|21.||"Little Women" (Previously unreleased)||2:11|
|2011 Sanctuary Records deluxe edition mono bonus tracks|
|15.||"Dead End Street"||3:24|
|16.||"Big Black Smoke"||2:35|
|17.||"This Is Where I Belong"||2:27|
|18.||"She's Got Everything"||3:11|
|19.||"Little Miss Queen of Darkness (Alternate take)"||3:22|
|20.||"Dead End Street (Early acetate version)"||2:56|
|2011 Sanctuary Records deluxe edition stereo bonus tracks|
|15.||"This Is Where I Belong"||2:46|
|16.||"Big Black Smoke"||2:51|
|17.||"She's Got Everything"||3:10|
|18.||"You're Looking Fine (Alternate stereo mix)"||2:53|
|19.||"Sunny Afternoon (Alternate stereo mix)" (No fade-out)||3:49|
|20.||"Fancy (Alternate stereo mix)" (Fade-out extended)||2:57|
|21.||"Little Miss Queen of Darkness (Alternate stereo mix)"||3:22|
|22.||"Dandy (Alternate stereo mix)"||2:15|
- Note: The original UK CD release of the album reverses the two sides.
The album was released in a particularly tumultuous year for the band, with personnel problems (Pete Quaife was injured; he resigned and later rejoined the band), legal and contractual battles and an ongoing hectic touring schedule. The album was critically well received, but did not sell particularly well at the time of its release (especially in the United States), and was out of print for many years.
"Mr. Reporter" was recorded in 1969 for Dave Davies' aborted solo album and was released as a bonus track on the 1998 Castle CD reissue of Face to Face. An earlier version featuring Ray Davies on lead vocals was recorded in February 1966 and was apparently intended for this album or an unissued EP. The scathing track satires the pop press, and was probably shelved to prevent offending music journalists who had been crucial to the Kinks' commercial success. Other unreleased songs from the Face to Face sessions reportedly include "Fallen Idol", about the rise and fall of a pop star, "Everybody Wants to Be a Personality", about celebrities, "Lilacs and Daffodils" (AKA "Sir Jasper"), which is reportedly about a schoolteacher (and is the only Kinks track with vocals by Mick Avory) and "A Girl Who Goes to Discotheques". It is unclear whether any of the unreleased tracks will ever be released officially. Dave indicated they were never satisfactorily completed for release and some were later reworked into different songs such as "Yes Man", another song from these sessions which was an early version of "Plastic Man".
- Ray Davies – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, mellotron
- Dave Davies – lead guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Party Line", "You're Lookin' Fine"
- Pete Quaife – bass guitar, backing vocals (except where noted)
- John Dalton – bass guitar on "Little Miss Queen of Darkness"
- Mick Avory – drums, percussion
- Nicky Hopkins – keyboards, piano, harmonium on "Sunny Afternoon"
- Rasa Davies – backing vocals on "Sunny Afternoon", "Session Man" and "Rainy Day in June"
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine (1966-10-28). "Face to Face - The Kinks | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-06-13.
- "The Kinks: Album Guide | Rolling Stone Music". rollingstone.com. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
- "The Rockin Vicars – Little Rosy – YouTube". YouTube. 20 August 2009. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
- Face to Face (Adobe Flash) at Radio3Net (streamed copy where licensed)
- Face to Face at Discogs (list of releases)