Originally Answered: What are your favorite Kinks albums and/or songs?
1. The Kink Kontroversy: The Kinks came into ther own album artists, and Ray Davis fully matued as a songwriter, with the Kinks Kontroversy, which bridged their raw early British Invasion sound with more sophisticated lyrics and thoughtful production.
2. Face To Face" The Kink Kontroversy was a considerable leap forward in terms of quality, but it pales next to Face To Face, one of the finest collections of pop songs released during the 60s.Conceived as a loose concept album, Face To Face sees Ray Davis' fascination with English class and social structures flourish, as he creates a number of vivid character portraits.
3.Something Else by the Kinks: Face to Face was a remarkable record, but its follow-up Something Else, expands its accomplishments offering 13 classic British pop songs. Ray Davis songwriting becomes more refined, he becomes more nostalgic an sentimental, retreating from the psychedelic and mo posturings that had dominated the rock world. Indeed Something Else sounds like nothing else from 1967.
4. The Village Green Preservation Society: Ray Davies' sentimental, nostalgic streak emeged on Something Else, bu it develope into a manifesto on The Village Green Preservation Society, a concept album lamenting the passing of old-fashioned English traditions.
5.Arthur [Or The Decline and Fall of the British Empire]: Arthur extends the British-oriented themes of Village Green, telling the story of a London man's decision to move to Australia during the aftermath of World War II. It's a detailed and loving song cycle, capturing the minutiae of suburban life, the numbling effect of bureucracy, and the horrors of war.
Some others I like by them are Sleepwalker, Misfits, Low Budget, Muswell Hillbillies'
Here are a handful of songs that I like:
1.You Really Got Me: The ultimate riff-driven statement of instant lust/obsession. It's not only dumb but great in its own right, without it we wouldn't have had The Who or The Troggs.
2. Waterloo Sunset: Soundtrack for a Swinging London movie, Terry Stamp kisses Julie Christie on the bridge and the concrete wilderness of the South Bank turns into paradise.
3.Days: Simple but elegant. A song of celebration and gratitude.
4. Lola: The song that put transvestism on the map years before Bowie. Never has pop sexuality been quite so lassez-faire.
5. David Watts: Fith from angst as Ray idolizes the pure and noble paragon who captains both the school and the the team:
6. Sunny Afternoon: Vicious tac demand? Girlfriend left you and taken the car? ah, well at least te weather's nice. Mustn't grumble.
7. The Villag Green Preservation Society: Davies had a talent for compilling lists of things he liked, in this case enshrining all the endangered ingredients of a vanishing England.
8. Dead End Street: Poverty, hopelessness, appalling living conditions, and all with no hope of getting out. This was practically a call to armed revolution.
9 Autumn Almanac: Fantastic singalong ode to the joys of autumn, everything from rustling leaves to football and roast beef.
10.Come Dancing: Rueful regrets about bad town planning, and the lost arts of 1950s romance: i.e. the doorstep sing and the knee-trembler.