Percy (soundtrack)

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Percy
Soundtrack album by The Kinks
Released 26 March 1971
Recorded October 1970 - January 1971 at Morgan Studios, London
Length 33:04
Label Pye NSPL 18365
Producer Ray Davies
The Kinks chronology
Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One
(1970)
Percy
(1971)
Muswell Hillbillies
(1971)
Singles from Percy
  1. "God's Children"
    Released: 1971

Percy is a 1971 film soundtrack for the British comedy film Percy performed by English rock group the Kinks with additional orchestral arrangements conducted by Stanley Myers. The songs were written by Ray Davies and include both standard rock / pop songs and instrumental numbers.

Singles and compilations[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Blender 1/5 stars[2]

"God's Children" was issued as a single (b/w either "Moments" or "The Way Love Used to Be", depending on the country) in April 1971. In the UK a 4-track EP was also released featuring "God's Children", "The Way Love Used To Be", "Moments" and "Dreams". This was the Kinks' last release with Pye while they were still under contract. Unlike the album, the single was released in the US (in July) but failed to chart there or in the UK. It was a minor hit in Australia (reaching #53) and New Zealand (#21). In the US the tracks "God's Children" and "Willesden Green" were included on The Kink Kronikles compilation in 1972. "The Way Love Used to Be" was included on 1973's The Great Lost Kinks Album.

"Willesden Green" is the only released song by the Kinks to feature lead vocals by another band member other than the Davies brothers. Bassist John Dalton sings lead vocals on the track, doing an impression of Elvis Presley.

Despite never being released in the US, this album was by the far the most commonly imported to the US of all of The Kinks' Pye albums. Both Jem and Imports Unlimited kept this album on their import lists throughout the 1970s.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ray Davies

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "God's Children"   3:16
2. "Lola" (instrumental) 4:46
3. "The Way Love Used to Be"   2:15
4. "Completely" (instrumental) 3:41
5. "Running Round Town" (instrumental) 1:06
6. "Moments"   2:57
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Animals In The Zoo"   2:22
2. "Just Friends"   2:38
3. "Whip Lady" (instrumental) 1:20
4. "Dreams"   3:45
5. "Helga" (instrumental) 1:57
6. "Willesden Green"   2:27
7. "God's Children - End" (instrumental) 0:29

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. "The Kinks: Percy > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
  2. ^ Blender review[dead link]