THE KINKS - Word of Mouth ...released 1984
This album received unfavorable reviews from All Music...2.5 and Rolling Stone Magazine..better at 4/5. My rating is 5/5 because ...I do not believe that The Kinks ever released a bad album nor wrote a bad song !!!!! ..and no sense in saying their last few albums such as Phobia and Sate of Confusion are not really that good because I think they are very good..lol. The Kinks in my view represent true British rock..they have that Brit folksy acousic sound and hard driving rock with Ray Davies vocals accentuated with a dominant English brogue ! Due to their failure to tour the United States at their inception they were never completely accepted like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, etc. Their singles, You Really Got Me, All Day and All of the Night and of course Lola were the household Kinks' identifiers in North America. Of course at home it was a different story somewhat like the career of the music genius Paul Weller ! The Kinks had numerous "hits" such as Waterloo Sunset, Victoria, Sunny Afternoon,.....among several others.
I would recommend that you try to listen to a few Kinks albums (they released 24) outside of the familiar single record..I think you'll be very surprised !
Sorry I digress..now back to the album in hand !
Nine tracks here are very well crafted by Ray Davies, one of the most prolific rock songwriters of our time. His brother, Dave Davies wrote Living on a Thin Line and Guilty. Why this album got a bad rap I'll never know nor do I care ! The Kinks are true masters of very good songs with very good melodies ! Their failure to crack the US market hindered their popularity. They were banned from entry for some strange reason in the 60s into the United States and thus unable to tour !...maybe a stupid drug thing or a threat to the security of the nation because they were foreigners with long hair !!!!...lol
All in all this is an excellent album like all the other Kinks' releases !..and the acoustic guitar can be heard on all the tracks for the most part !
Side One on Arista vinyl record
1. "Do It Again" 4:14 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXLsBnYy7cE
2. "Word of Mouth" 3:51 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXLsBnYy7cE
3. "Good Day" 4:35
4. "Living on a Thin Line (Dave Davies)" 4:16 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue-0iH-28bI
5. "Sold Me Out" 3:44
Side Two on Arista vinyl record
1. "Massive Reductions" 3:15
2. "Guilty (Dave Davies)" 4:12
3. "Too Hot" 4:08
4. "Missing Persons" 2:53 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzvmINSSuvw * one of the most beautiful songs that I have ever heard !
5. "Summer's Gone" 3:52 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaY34fafF8o
6. "Going Solo" 3:58 http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...xDTE2PK4s&NR=1
Ray Davies - guitar, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
Dave Davies - guitar, background vocals
Jim Rodford - bass, background vocals
Mick Avory - drums
Bob Henrit - drums
Ian Gibbons - keyboards. background vocals
****had to add this all time Kink's classic not on this album !
Waterloo Sunset - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vRURpe6FXE.. the English folky with rock !!!! incredible