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Face To Face [Import]

Kinks Audio CD
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UK digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1966 album from the British Rock band led by the ever-bickering Davies brothers, Ray and Dave. Contains the original album joined by a myriad of non-album tracks, rare mixes and more. 20 tracks. Sanctuary.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Face to Face -Give it a Listen Sept. 26 2010
Format:Audio CD
I was an ardent fan of the Kinks during their 1960's heyday.Some of the tracks on this CD such as Sunny Afternoon,Dandy, and Dead End Street made it to radio airplay as "hit singles".Even though these songs have appeared on several(many)compilations over the years, to me they are even more enjoyable listening to them within the context of the other tracks on this 1966 era album release which was the start of the Ray Davies' social commentary phase.My favourites-Session Man,House in the Country,Party Line,Fancy,I'll Remember.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  15 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking and Caustic... Feb. 2 2005
By No Name - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In the middle of the 60's, the brothers Davies served up this little gem of an album, showing that Ray Davies could be as heartbreaking as he was caustic. Melancholy, pleading songs like "Rosie Won't You Please Come Home" sit comfortably with venomous rockers like "House in the Country". Using his art school training in a musical context, Davies paints stunning two minute character sketches that are satirical, scathing, poignant and funny. His topics range from jaded aristocrats and mercenary session men, to down-on-their-luck dandies and depressed disco queens. Face to Face is one of the most lyrically and musically compelling documents of the 60's. Standout tracks: "Sunny Afternoon" "Fancy", "Too Much on My Mind". Note: the CD reissue contains the invaluable b-sides "Big Black Smoke" and "I'm Not Like Everybody Else".
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kinks' first masterpiece Aug. 18 2006
By W. M. Davidson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Face to Face" marks the full blooming of Ray Davies' songwriting talent, and the Kinks' transformation from grungy riff-rockers to witty chroniclers of British society. It's a wall-to-wall success and one of the best albums of the '60s.

Dave's "Party Line" gets the album off to a rollicking start, followed by "Rosie Won't You Please Come Home," Ray's harpsichord-fueled lament to a runaway sister. The acoustic rocker "Dandy" begins a mini song cycle (continuing through "House in the Country," "Most Exclusive Residence for Sale," and "Sunny Afternoon") charting the rise and fall of a venal socialite that forms the loose core of the album. Along the way there are detours to comment on the music business ("Session Man"), American tourism ("Holiday in Waikiki"), and gloomy English weather ("Rainy Day in June"), wrapping up with the wistful "I'll Remember," actually a leftover from the "Kink Kontroversy" sessions. Ray proves himself a master of imagery and characterization, bringing the people and places in his songs to vivid life.

This reissue is particularly notable, as it adds several essential extra tracks, such as "Dead End Street," "Big Black Smoke," and "I'm Not Like Everybody Else," to an already stellar album. Don't miss this!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kinks Weren't Like Anybody Else Oct. 25 2006
By Blake Maddux - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Face To Face was the first of several albums that would eventually earn The Kinks their rightful place among The Beatles, The Stones, and The Who as one of the most revered and influential English bands of the 1960s. The fact that they were the least commercially successful of these bands made them more of a personal favorite to rock fans than the darlings of screaming teenagers. Since The Kinks were nothing if not quirky, they were probably willing to trade financial rewards in order to secure their own niche among the somewhat congested world of 60s rock music.

The record starts off with "Party Line", a rocking tale of daily minutiae. While sly social commentary had popped up in previous Kinks songs (eg, "Well-Respected Man", "Dedicated Follower of Fashion"), this tune shows Ray Davies taking "think globally, act locally" to a bit of an extreme. (Was this really a good enough reason for him to not be "voting in the next election"?!) Other straight-ahead rockers on the album include "Dandy", "Session Man", "A House In the Country", "Most Exclusive Residence For Sale", and the inspired, tongue-in-cheek "Holiday In Waikiki". This handful of songs alone demonstrates Ray's wide range of topical interests: swinging bachelors, under-appreciated musicians, insufferable millionaires, and fish-out-of-water Englishmen. Just as Ray's social commentary was flourishing, so was his introspection. This is also strongly felt on Face To Face, as on the heartfelt pleas of "Rosie Won't You Please Come Home?", the plaintive "Too Much On My Mind", and the vivid, funereal contrast of "Rainy Day in June", the biggest downer on the record. There are also the old-fashioned ditties "Little Miss Queen of Darkness", "You're Lookin' Fine", and "I'll Remember", the George Harrison-esque "Fancy", and "Sunny Afternoon", their last major US hit single until they resurfaced in the top 10 four years later.

Simply put, Face to Face is a remarkably rich collection of songs. It is accessible and listener-friendly, but challenging and deep as well. Dave Davies' buzzsaw guitar riffs are nowhere in sight, and Ray does more that simply shout out the same few lyrics for 3 minutes. The lyrical and musical variety is very impressive, including the ivory tickling by Nicky Hopkins, the ultimate Session Man. This album is a far cry from the cookie-cutter, hodge podge records of the early 60s (those by The Kinks included). And it is particularly amazing that bonus tracks like "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" - arguably the first punk song ever - "Dead End Street" (US #73), and "Big Black Smoke" were minor hit singles and B-sides that nevertheless sit comfortably among Ray's best work.

It is disheartening to know that while the their peers were reaching the tops of the charts between 1966 and 1969, The Kinks were barely making a dent in them. (The Village Green Preservation Society and Arthur didn't even chart in the UK.) And yet their albums were at least as ambitious, consistent, and enjoyable as anything by these other bands. Four decades on, the fact that so few people have heard this music makes it all the more fresh to the newcomer's ears. Face To Face was the first of four records in four years that would snowball into what may be the richest body of work to come out of the UK or US in the late 1960s. Thankfully, it has proven to be hugely influential on subsequent generations, such that this record and its follow-ups can be said to be the bedrock for the entire spectrum of Britpop, from The Jam, to The Smiths, to Blur and Pulp.

Give me Face to Face over any other UK record from 1966 any old day of the week.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Little-Known Kinks Classic Sept. 28 2005
By Stephen Triesch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Apart from the hit single "Sunny Afternoon," most of the songs on this album are unknown except to diehard Kinks fans. That is unfortunate, because "Face To Face" captures Ray Davies at his satirical best. Those who enjoyed "Well Respected Man," "Dedicated Follower of Fashion, and "Young Conservatives" will find much to enjoy on this humorous but hard-hitting CD.

"Party Line" takes a satirical look at the now mostly-obsolete problems of strangers sharing common telephone lines (many people under 40 probably never heard of a party line). "Rosie Won't You Please Come Home" is a parent's lament for an estranged daughter, and "Session Man" pokes fun at the 1960's phenomenon of staid, mediocre jazz musicians making an extra buck as rock 'n' roll session men ("you're a session man, a chord pro-gress-i-an").

Some will remember "Dandy" as a single by Herman's Hermit's; this is the same song, authored by Davies, but the Kinks give it their own unique treatment. Other favorites of mine include "House In the Country" ("and he's oh so smug, oh yeah, and he's as wicked as he can be"), and "Most Exclusive Residence for Sale."

This release features a few cuts not on the original album, most notably the pre-punk anthem, "I'm Not Like Everybody Else." All in all, this is a good album for those who enjoy Ray Davies' brand of class-warfare. I dock it one star because of the production quality; in my opinion, the mixing isn't as good as on most of the early Kinks material, and the sound has a slightly primitive quality. Other than that, I recommend it highly.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Minor Classic May 14 2006
By "Rocky Raccoon" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The Kinks' 'Face to Face' is a fine and engaging record. It is a transitional album to the more substantial albums 'Something Else' and 'Village Green Preservation Society'. While this reviewer believes the reader should start with these two first, there is much to recommend for 'Face to Face'. First of all, these three albums are in a phase of social consciousness and excellent portrait painting that lead singer-songwriter, Ray Davies, was starting to make. (One wonders sometimes if the Beatles weren't partly inspired to make 'Abbey Road' based on these recordings, but they were pretty good at drawing characters for a long time, too.) Anyway, some of the songs are an extension of "A Well Respected Man" with "A House in the Country" and "Most Exclusive Residence for Sale," both worthy but not as close to matching the "...Man". "Dandy," on the other hand, is just that, a substantial song that seems to relate and poke fun of a philanderer of high status. Some of the best aspects of the album frame the classes by illustrating the everyman or the one downtrodden. One gets this sense with "Session Man" and "Too Much on My Mind". Most of the music is catchy and substantial. Sometimes they rely on Victorian sounds, pub melodies, their own vintage rock and roll, or a combination . It is uneven, as music and social commentary goes, but a Kink's collection without "Sunny Afternoon," "Fancy," and "Dandy" is one bereft, like the poorer classes for which they have an affinity. There are seven songs added in posterity. They are not the greatest, but shouldn't be regarded as filler, either.
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