Sleepwalker (The Kinks album)

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Sleepwalker
Studio album by The Kinks
Released 12 February 1977[1]
Recorded 1 July 1976 – 20 December 1976 at Konk Studios, London
Genre Rock
Length 40:10
Label Arista
Producer Ray Davies
The Kinks chronology
Schoolboys in Disgrace
(1975)
Sleepwalker
(1977)
Misfits
(1978)
Singles from Sleepwalker
  1. "Sleepwalker"
    Released: March 18, 1977
  2. "Juke Box Music"
    Released: June 10, 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Blender 2/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau B−[4]
Rolling Stone (favourable)[5]

Sleepwalker is the fifteenth studio album by the English rock group, The Kinks, released in 1977. It marked a return to straight-ahead, self-contained rock songs after several years of concept albums. It is the first album in what critics usually call the "arena rock" phase of the group, in which more commercial and mainstream production techniques would be employed. The album also marks the last appearance of bassist John Dalton, who left the band during the recording sessions. Dalton plays bass on all songs on the album save for "Mr. Big Man".[6] The lineup of The Kinks would be trimmed down significantly in 1977 following the album's release, as the brass section and backup singers were removed and the band returned to a standard rock band outfit.

It was their first album for the Arista label.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ray Davies

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Life on the Road"   5:02
2. "Mr. Big Man"   3:49
3. "Sleepwalker"   4:04
4. "Brother"   5:28
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Juke Box Music"   5:32
2. "Sleepless Night"   3:18
3. "Stormy Sky"   3:58
4. "Full Moon"   3:52
5. "Life Goes On"   5:03

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kinks - Sleepwalker". discogs.com. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Kinks: Sleepwalker > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  3. ^ Blender review[dead link]
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Kinks". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Altman, Bill (21 April 1977). "The Kinks: Sleepwalker". Rolling Stone (Straight Arrow) (RS 237). ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on 30 November 2007. 
  6. ^ "Kinks - Sleepwalker (2007 Japanese reissue CD)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 12 November 2011.