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Word of Mouth Hybrid SACD, Import

4.5 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Sept. 21 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, Import
  • Label: Velvel Records
  • ASIN: B0002PUH92
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
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1. Do It Again
2. Word Of Mouth
3. Good Day
4. Living On A Thin Line
5. Sold Me Out
6. Massive Reductions
7. Guilty
8. Too Hot
9. Missing Persons
10. Summer's Gone
11. Going Solo
12. Good Day (Extended Edit)
13. Summer's Gone (Extended Edit)

Product Description

UK edition of this 1984 album from the British Rock institution. The rich, warm production is perfectly suited to some of Ray Davies' finest songs, 'Good Day' and 'Summer's Gone', while 'Too Hot' would have sounded right at home on Muswell Hilbillies. 'Sold Me Out' out-Stones the Rolling Stones. For anyone sceptical about The Kinks post-'70s output, this album will be a revelation. Universal.

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Format: Audio CD
Seriously. This is one of the least attractive album covers I've ever seen. Why would anyone pick this up unless they were a Kinks fan already? Major misstep by the Brothers Davies.
The record itself is good, if not great. It boasts Dave Davie's second best song, "Living on a Thin Line," a paen to the middle class and poor stuck in an economy that increasingly favors the rich, and "Good Day," a bit of Ray Davies whimsy that is clever fun until the biting bridge ("So have a good day today, because it may be your last, make it last..."). Not to mention a bunch of good-but-typical Ray Davies social observations ("Too Hot," "Do It Again," "Sold Me Out," et al).
Musically, it's early '80's Kinks. Smooth, textured, with the most passion coming through in the vocals rather than the music. It's a bit keyboard heavy, but that's ok. I personally prefer a rawer sound, but that's me.
It's definitely worth your time if you're a budding fan, still worthy if you like good songwriting, but ultimately expendable if you're looking for something that will jump-start your psyche.
To be fair, I think that Ray Davies was trying to get on the radio, the bland medium that we all listen to too often (and I was a DJ for 7 years, so I know whereof I speak).
If you look past the slickness and the worst album cover in my collection, you'll find a nice bunch of songs. A couple are special, one or two are expendable, but this is mostly a nice little collection by a band pushing its way through middle age.
All that said, I still like it and it's a fun little rocker of an album...good pop sometimes, a couple of bits of should-have-been-rawer nastiness, but still pretty damn groovy. A worthy effort.
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Don't let anyone tell you that packaging does not influence what we buy. I took this disc to help fill out my Kinks collection I did not have it but I knew nothing of the music on the disc and I really did not expect much at all and the cover art reinforced my opinion every time I looked at it. Lets face it, the cover really does not send a great message. It is hastily put together, like a bad silk screen job it seems thrown together to me at least. My opinion was COMPLETELY CHANGED AFTER THE FIRST SONG...This CD ROCKS. There are very few if any poor cuts and there is very little wasted space. The DAVIES BROTHERS have done it yet again with WORD OF MOUTH...It has some real pot boilers in among the songs on this disc Tracks like...WORD OF MOUTH,..TOO HOT...LIVING ON A THIN LINE...SOLD ME OUT...GOOD DAY this covers a great deal of the CD however that is the word these are super tracks....Spigomars
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Format: Audio CD
How utterly frustrating and baffling it is to me when people try to say that Word of Mouth is just "OK." I am only twenty years old, so I am most certainly no Kink apologist from the 60's. I am, however, a kid who really does know his music, and a kid who loves great rock n roll. I know what great rock n roll is. I own about 50 Dylan albums, 30 Neil Youngs, many Tom Petty albums, Stones albums, Beatles albums. let's face it, if it wasn't born in the 60's, it just isn't really rock n roll, but rather an imitation or step-child of the genre's glory days.
On that note, I'd like to just ask: who in the world can honestly claim that they expected the Kinks to be consistently releasing albums in the early 1980's? The only man who thought it was possible for the Kinks-a 60's hard rock band whose most memorable music was recorded within a five-year span-to even garner anything close to that sort of recognition in a decade that seemed to make a point of forgetting rock music's past, was Ray Davies. Let's think, where were others in 1984? Neil Young was recording electronica and rockabilly records that sold about as well as the last Billy Idol album, Dylan was releasing born-again Christian rock albums and singing in a slurred, alcoholic drawl that seemed to alienate just about every one of his fans, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison were long-dead and forgotten, and The Rolling Stones were not just a shell of themselves, they were downright embarrassing to watch. Then there were the Kinks, and this brilliant, yes, I said brilliant, rock album of 1984.
There is absolutely nothing hyperbolic about saying that the Kinks did everything right on this record, they did everything within their power to deliver the most stunning collection of rock singles possible.
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Format: Audio CD
I think the other reviewers here are wildly overrating this album. It certainly has its good moments (as any Kinks record does), but there is a lot of uninspired stuff, also. "Too Hot", for instance, is really pretty awful and several other tracks fall into the pleasant, but dull category. All in all, I think both "Give the People" and "State of Confusion" are far superior to this record, particularly "State of Confusion."
The Dave Davies numbers here, though, are two of his better contributions to any Kinks album. Also, the live version of "Living On A Thin Line" found on the out-of-print "The Road" is far superior to the studio version on "Word of Mouth." Look for it at your local used cd store.
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