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Give the People What They Want [SACD]

the Kinks Audio CD
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1. Around The Dial
2. Give The People What They Want
3. Killer's Eyes
4. Predictable
5. Add It Up
6. Destroyer
7. Yo-Yo
8. Back To Front
9. Art Lover
10. A Little Bit Of Abuse
11. Better Things

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Their hard-rocking hit album (#15) from '81.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best rock SACD stuff out there April 13 2010
Format:Audio CD
Excellent music and excellent sound quality. If you care about these two things, get yourself some SACDs and something to play them on. Many Playstation 3 units before the most recent ones will work (check to be sure though) and most if not all of the latest Sony Blu-Ray players work too (i.e. the 2010 models just released). SACD is awesome technology for music lovers especially jazz and classical for which there are a lot of releases every month. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The answer's out there somewhere on the dial Nov. 1 2005
By W. M. Davidson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
What genre name should we use to describe "Give the People What They Want"? Heavy new-wave? It's one of those rare '80s artifacts: an album that sounds completely of its time but hasn't aged at all. "Give the People" marries the grittiest music of the Kinks' career to nimble, intelligent songs and some of Ray Davies' sharpest lyrics. Dave Davies' guitar cuts like a buzzsaw, synth sizzles menacingly underneath, and Mick Avory brings the most punishing drum attack of any Kinks album.

Ray's songwriting was on fire. From the surreal punk-hoedown title track to the bleary "Predictable" to the gleefully deviant "Art Lover," his songs are inventive and engaging. Each one is a snapshot of lost characters in bleak situations, a glimmer of hope not appearing until the bouyant closer "Better Things." But despite the gloomy material, the album's cumulative effect is invigorating, thanks to Ray's wit and the band's bracing performances.

"Give the People What They Want" endures as the Kinks' finest album of the 1980s and one of the best hard rock albums of that decade. Don't miss it!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kinks hit their 80's peak July 26 2007
By Tim Brough - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
While the albums preceding "Give The People What They Want" were both solid, neither "Sleepwalker" nor "Low Budget" prepared us for this. Ray Davies not only brings The Kinks squarely into a new decade, he takes the time to acknowledge his past. "Destroyer" revives the the propulsive two-note drive of "All The Day and All Of The Night," quotes "Lola" and marries it all to Reagan era paranoia that is quintessential Kinks.

Nostalgia aside, Davies usual delivers his typical skewed vision to the instability of relationships ("Yo Yo" and "Add It Up" featuring a then Mrs Davies, Chrissie Hynde), topical; ("Killers Eyes") and statements on the state of rock (the terrific "Around The Dial"). "Give The People What They Want" was a moment of rock and roll acknowledgement; that Davies and company were spiritual forebears to the raving punk rock that was peaking at the time and that The Kinks were legends that necessitated homage.

But homage aside, "GTPWTW" ends with one of the singular most beautiful songs Davies has ever written, "Better Days."

"Here's wishing you the bluest skies and hoping something better comes tomorrow,
Hoping all the verses rhyme and the very best of choruses to
follow all the doubt and sadness.
I know that better things are on their way."

It's delivered in the most humble of voices with a simple melody, without dipping into a maudlin sound. Davies himself recently admitted on an NPR interview that this was one of The Kinks' songs he regrets isn't better known, and frankly, makes me give this CD an essential rating. The following "State of Confusion" yielded the hit ("Come Dancing"), but "Give The People What They Want" is the superior album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars And they did.. July 28 2009
By Music Lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ray and the boys really deliver on this one. i bought this cassette because of Destroyer on the radio when i was 11 years old and enjoyed it cover to cover then i had to buy it on album too. i bought it on Cd a few years later and it hadn't lost any of its appeal to me. i find as i get older and revisit some things from my youth they often don't hold up but this one feels as fresh and good as it did then.
I admittedly know little of The Kinks other than owning a greatest hits collection and One For The Road so i can't, in good conscience, say this is their best effort since i haven't listened to enough of their others but for me it's great. Ray's lyrics are great covering things from DJ's,serial killing, assassination,Pedophilia,spousal abuse, mental illness amongst others. not your standard rock n roll lyrical fare. Saddens me to realize nearly 30 years later I'm actually living out the lyrics to Predictable.
There's a punk, new wave agressiviness to a lot of the music. i agree with a previous reviewer on Better Things-what a beautiful song. fitting way to end the record. for my money there's not a bad song on this disc.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands the test of time Jan. 12 2006
By B. Whitfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've in recent years revisited my teenage artistic fascinations, and often found the revisit underwhelming. I bought this album thanks to heavy MTV rotation, and it became a frequent player in my Walkman. I liked it so much, I bought it in CD-format. In my desperate early 90's college days, out of desperation and short-sightedness, I sold the CD. Though, I've never heard a single song played anywhere since then, I regretted that act. I just bought the technology to convert my LPs to mp3, and listening to this album again has brought me such joy. Ray's lyrics, tinged with cynicism (depraved pop culture), filled with empathy(domestic abuse), and intimate mourning (father's loss of a daughter). Oh, by the way, did I mention that they also take the time to ROCK! Replete with buzzing guitars, footballer anthems and rapid fire drum riffs, baby, this album has it all! I don't know what 1-star Patrick is thinking about.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have cd May 10 2005
By S. Munn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'd have to agree with the other review. This is the best kinks album, I've had 2 cassettes and the album version and will definatly pick up this new SA CD. I dont know why the kinks havent put around the dial on thier greatest hits albums. I think the other reviewer below Patrick only thought there were two types of music Country and Western But then again he picked it up at a flea market.
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