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Album : The Kinks – Sleepwalker

I think I have established that The Kinks are one of my favorite bands. It was around the time of this album I finally got to see them live. When they first arrived on the scene, CB was still crawling around putting foreign objects in his mouth.

I remember anticipating the release of this album. It was an absolute killer album for me. Pure Kinks. Ray just firming up his place as one of the best wordsmiths (In CB’s book anyway). This was the start of a new phase for their music, Combining all their experiences as a band, the previous records, the concept ideas, they cut a straight rock album. ‘Life On The Road’ kicks it off and kind of sums up where they were going.

It still has Ray’s great writing combined with the Kinks sound. Dave Davies cuts loose on a few cuts. ‘Mr. Big’ being one. I love his playing. Underrated axe man in my opinion. Like the Who, the band never took off onto extended solos but always broke out with bits of brilliance. Ray’s songs always have something going on. No one writes like him.

The title track is Ray Davies at his best. The band suppling the great rock support. The songs on this album are embedded in my head. Ray’s humor comes out in some cuts and his other side on others like ‘Brother’ and ‘Stormy Sky ‘(Man do I love that song). ‘Life Goes On’ ends the record and it is a Ray Davies gem.

What a great record for a confirmed Kinks junkie. Not a bad cut. A good outing by the boys. This started a run of a bunch of solid albums. Having new music by a band you dig and when the music delivers, it feels good.

Like Ray sings on the first cut of side two “It’s only jukebox music”

64 comments on “Album : The Kinks – Sleepwalker

  1. badfinger20 (Max)
    March 28, 2021

    This album started the Kinks resurgence. When I play this album I play it straight through. When I first played the album the title track caught my attention of course but then the song Life Goes On…like you said it’s no dud on the album…great album and band.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 28, 2021

      Common ground on this one Max. I could of used your comment and trimmed down my take.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        March 28, 2021

        You listened to the album real time which is cool. No one can cop Ray’s singing or writing style…not to mention Dave’s guitar playing.
        This started a string of cool albums.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 28, 2021

        The one right after (Misfits) also has some of that Kinks style. Love it also.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        March 28, 2021

        Misfits is where I came into the modern Kinks picture…If I told you before I apologize…I was in a dime store in 1979 and saw “Rock and Rolll Fantasy” well young Max didn’t know anything about modern music…still don’t…but I bought it thinking it was the Bad Company song…best mistake I ever made…I got Misfits not too much later.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 28, 2021

        No you never told me that before. That is a cool mistake. I know I’ve done the same thing but would have to search the mind to come up with it. ‘Misfits’ is such a cool record. Not talked about a lot.

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  2. Jim S.
    March 28, 2021

    As CB knows, ME is also a confirmed Kinks-aholic. That said, I don’t know this album as well as I should. Juke Box Music is on one of my playlists. I will spin this next time I am driving around which has been my favorite way to listen to music since I heard Johnny Winter’s “Still Alive and Well” riding around with probably everybody high as a kite.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 28, 2021

      I know you’re a Kinks-aholic. Driving around with Johnny, Foghat, Humble Pie, The Who. I was in the car with ya. Dont ya remember?

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  3. 2loud2oldmusic
    March 28, 2021

    I like the Kinks, but have never deep dived into their catalog. All I know is that their fans are rabid and overly supportive to the point that you can’t say anything negative about the band or they will attack. I didn’t really say anything other than I liked the VH cover “You Really Got Me” better and they blew up my site with comments. It was hilarious.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 28, 2021

      I’ll have to read that take you did on ‘Got me’. See if I need to go on “attack” mode. That is funny. ‘A rabid frothing at the mouth CB”. Dont be messin with The Kinks man.
      Is that take still on your station?

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 28, 2021

      Hey, I found your take on the cover thing. That was funny. You were lucky to get out of there with your life.

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      • 2loud2oldmusic
        March 28, 2021

        Ha!! Yes, I was. That’s what get for giving my honest opinion. I like the Kinks song as whats not to like, but I prefer VH. Oh well.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 28, 2021

        If I gave you $20 bucks would you change your mind? You stirred the hornets nest on that one . Im still chuckling. Did the Shaggs do a version?

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  4. Vinyl Connection
    March 28, 2021

    One of the relatively few artists where I’m not in the pocket with you CB. Not, I rush to add, due to any negative assessment of Ray D and the band; I just kind of never clicked with them. No idea why. But none o’ that stopped me enjoying your take. 👍

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 28, 2021

      I knew that and was going to dedicate the post to you. I totally get the “never clicked” thing.
      Cool that you can still get something out of the take. I find that with a lot of the folks that I comment with, might not like the particular music but the personal connection sometimes resonates. Thanks Bruce.
      (One of our common ground bands coming up soon)

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  5. deKE
    March 28, 2021

    Another band of brothers who brawl! Great writeup Sir and man is that Ray Davies with those creeper glasses on? lol

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 28, 2021

      I think Avory must have been related because he’d punch out Dave on a regular basis. Pints were involved (Lots of pints). Ray was like that. ‘Creeper glasses”. I got to get a new pair.

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      • deKE
        March 28, 2021

        Lots of pints and don’t forget those creeper glasses!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 28, 2021

        Those glasses really set his brother off and not in a good way. Maybe he wanted a pair too. The Star Trek thing in the middle of the forehead was a nice touch, dont you think? Mick was quiet but you know those quiet guys they can turn on a dime (or a few ales).

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      • deKE
        March 28, 2021

        A total trigger point to setting one off.

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  6. Francisco Bravo Cabrera
    March 28, 2021

    Got to say that Kinks are also one of my favourite bands, for sure. Great post and great music CB! All the best,
    FBC.

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  7. christiansmusicmusings
    March 28, 2021

    As I’m listening to “Sleepwalker”, I’m picturing you crawling around and putting foreign objects in your mouth – I do that all the time! 🙂

    I always enjoy reading a post from somebody who clearly loves the music they’re writing about. I’m more familiar with The Kinks ’60s output, though I’m happy to report I know “Sleepwalker.”

    Unfortunately, I’ve never seen The Kinks. I would do so in a heartbeat, should an opportunity arise. And there may be some hope.

    It looks like Ray and Dave have mended some fences over the past couple of years. We’ll see whether anything comes out of it!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 28, 2021

      That was just last weekend where i was doing the “crawling around” thing.
      I do love their music Christian, no doubt. They were great live and would “Do It Again” if i had a chance. Seen Ray solo a few years ago and he was fantastic. Intimate small show. Always enjoy you input. Later.

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  8. Yeah, Another Blogger
    March 28, 2021

    A few days ago I listened to Misfits. It’s uneven in song quality. I’ll give Sleepwalker a spin one day soon.

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  9. greenpete58
    March 28, 2021

    This was kind of a “Kinks comeback” album for me. My local radio station played the title cut and “Jukebox Music” fairly regularly. A few years later I saw them live in Cleveland. I like them but am not a huge fan. At least, not like a FB friend, and my wife’s childhood friend, who left his wife and moved to Canada to marry a fellow Kinks obsessive!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 28, 2021

      I think you’re right on the “comeback” thing.
      That leaving the “wife” thing is pretty serious fan love. CB isnt in that category, I’ll stick with my hippy dippy flowers in her hair gal.
      (I seen a new take on your site. Be over later to indulge)

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  10. Aphoristical
    March 28, 2021

    I guess sometime I need to go deeper into their catalogue – I just know the 1965 to 1971 recorded.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 28, 2021

      It will be there when you are ready. So much good music on the air. “I think I’ll put that Kinks record on that CB was yacking about”

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  11. Jim S.
    March 28, 2021

    Now that you mention it, I do recall. But with that long cigarette holder you had and through the fog of chemical substances and wearing cheap sunglasses I mistook you for Hunter Thompson.

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  12. hotfox63
    March 29, 2021

    Very good melodic rock. Audible again and again. The Kinks are simply indispensable in the pop and rock culture of the 60s and 70s.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 29, 2021

      “Indispensable” in CB’s world for sure.

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      • hotfox63
        March 29, 2021

        “Indispensable” is of course subjective. But The Kinks accompanied me through this time. I saw them live in 1978 and 1980. They had humor and they listened to their audience and could adapt to any situation. And they had spirit. They made you feel like it wasn’t a show, they weren’t aging millionaires, but people in worn sneakers like you and me.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 29, 2021

        Well said Mr Fox. You nailed it on that comment. When it comes down to it, it is the relationship with the audience at that time. They delivered that same thing to me a few times. Why they were so good live. Felt like a personal connection. Then there’s all that great music we get to hear in our private lives. that makes us feel good.

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  13. J.
    March 29, 2021

    Y’know, I don’t know too much of their stuff. I had a greatest hits which I liked a fair bit and I picked up a couple of albums, but never really dug them too much and I haven’t really spent an awfy lot of time with them. It was the typical ‘essential listening’ albums, y’know?

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 29, 2021

      Yeah they just nit me early on J and havent stopped hitting me over and over.
      (Got turned onto a Lonnie Smith recording. Iggy does a couple quest spots. Very very cool. A new direction maybe? No just a different musical idea)

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      • J.
        March 30, 2021

        I’ll revisit the stuff I have and see how I feel about it, CB.

        (Lonnie Smith jazz man? I’ll need to check that out. I like when Iggy has these diversions…).

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 30, 2021

        Yup “jazz man” Iggy and Lonnie do a fave cut of mine then they do a Donavan number (?). Very cool.

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      • J.
        March 31, 2021

        I had a wee gander… I’ve added the album to the ever growing investigation list!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 31, 2021

        I love that jazz organ stuff and musical ideas like adding Pop on vocals worked for my ears. Knowing it was Iggy added to the liking.

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      • J.
        April 2, 2021

        I actually don’t know too much of the jazz organ stuff – maybe a bit of Herbie, but only bits and pieces.

        I love when Iggy turns his hand to something different.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 2, 2021

        Guys like Jimmy Smith are more funky. Try a bit of his ‘Damn’ it will give you a feel. Lonnie is in the same vein. I’m a bit of a freak for this stuff. Shirly Scott does some cool stuff with Stanley Turentine on sax. Now you did it I’m in the mood for some right now.
        Why the Iggy thing was so cool.

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      • J.
        April 3, 2021

        I have one Jimmy Smith (Back at the Chicken Shack), but can’t say I’ve spent much time with it.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 3, 2021

        That’s a good one J but it can be a bit of an acquired taste or a “right mood” type of thing or maybe not. I went on a bit of a Smith jag yesterday.

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  14. keepsmealive
    March 29, 2021

    I haven’t heard this record. Now I wanna. Thanks!

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  15. the press music reviews
    March 30, 2021

    Great album, great write up. Nailed it.

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  16. msjadeli
    March 31, 2021

    Since I’ve been reading hanspostcard I’ve acquired some of their music and must I love their sound. I agree Ray is a brilliant lyricist.

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  17. BuriedOnMars
    April 2, 2021

    I’ll get into taking that deep dive on The Kinks one of these days. Everything I’ve heard from them I have liked.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 8, 2021

      Queen thanks for this. Here’s something I have wanted to send your way. It might tick a couple boxes for you (if you havent heard it already)
      David Murray ”Speaking in Tongues’ featuring Fontella Bass.

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