Face to Face (The-Kinks-Album)


  • Vocals / Guitar / Keyboard: Ray Davies
  • Guitar / vocals Dave Davies
  • Bass: Peter Quaife, John Dalton
  • Drums: Mick Avory

Face To Face is the fourth official studio album by the British rock group The Kinks, and was published in England on 28 October 1966.

It was the first album by the Kinks, which contained only compositions by Ray Davies. The melodic songs with their ambitious socially critical lyrics meant a departure from the hard rock and roll of the earlier years, who had gained international fame, the band, and strengthened the reputation of Ray Davies as one of the best English composers of this time. The new way of writing had already announced in the previous year, with titles such as " Where Have All the Good Times Gone" and " A Well Respected Man".

While the first three LPs the Kinks were sampled within a few weeks, the production of the new publication for several months ( October 1965-June 1966 ) covered. It was a troubled time for the band with personal quarrels ( bassist Pete Quaife wanted to leave the band and was temporarily represented by John Dalton, who replaced it after the final departure of Pete Quaife, 1969), in particular, disputes between the brothers Dave and Ray Davies and a nervous breakdown from the latter. As Ray Davies with the record company Pye Records had numerous differences, the publication was delayed after the completion of the album again for several months.

Some critics consider Face To Face is the first concept album of rock and roll: Not out of love and passion to act the songs, but by the fears, needs and dreams of the British middle class. Topics that were asked by Ray Davies in the following years at the heart of his work. In the texts full of irony and ridicule, but also sensitive and melancholic Ray Davies describes, among other things, the needs of parents with their rebellious daughter ( "Rosie Will not You Please Come Home ", meant his sister is the same name ) or the selfishness and hypocrisy the established bourgeoisie ("A House in the Country", which was later covered by the Pretty Things ). The song " Session Man" was dedicated to Nicky Hopkins, the harpsichord served here. "Too Much On My Mind" in 1977, in the Wim Wenders film The American Friend use.

Originally Ray Davies wanted to connect the individual pieces by sound effects with each other, but this failed due to opposition from the record company. For individual titles like "Party Line", "Holiday in Waikiki " or " Rainy Day in June" but can still recognize fragments of this idea. In addition to the Beatles with their piece Yellow Submarine ( from the album Revolver ) and the Beach Boys with " Caroline, No " (from the album Pet Sounds ) contributed the Kinks in 1966 with help to make the use of sound effects in rock music popular.

The album contains two number 1 hits: "Sunny Afternoon" in England and " Dandy" in Germany. With their version of the latter title already the English band Herman 's Hermits had had a No. 3 hit, which is why the Kinks version was not published in England as a single. The album itself reached # 12 in the UK and German album charts, but only accommodate 136 of the U.S. chart list. This became apparent once again from the fact that the band should always have great success only on individual tracks, their regularly assessed positively by critics albums but never reached the mass market.

The psychedelic cover that little was equivalent in the music contained on the album, the record company put through against the will of Ray Davies.

The album Face To Face launched a series of highly acclaimed studio releases of the band, a phase which was to end only in 1971 with the album Muswell Hillbillies. Many fans and critics, this period is often referred to as the golden era Kinks.

Title list

Studio albums: Kinks (1964 ) | Kinda Kinks (1965 ) | Kinks Kinkdom (1965 ) | Kinks in Germany (1965 ) | The Kink Kontroversy (1965 ) | Well Respected Kinks (1966 ) | Face to Face (1966 ) | Something Else by The Kinks (1967 ) | Sunny Afternoon (1967 ) | The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (1968 ) | Arthur ( Or the Decline and fall of the British Empire ) (1969 ) | Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One ( 1970) | Percy - Original soundtrack ( 1971) | Muswell Hillbillies (1971 ) | Everybody's in Show -Biz (1972 ) | Preservation Act 1 (1973 ) | Preservation Act 2 (1974 ) | Soap Opera (1975 ) | Schoolboys in Disgrace ( 1976) | Sleepwalker (1977 ) | Misfits (1978 ) | low Budget (1979 ) | Give the People What They Want (1981 ) | State of Confusion (1983 ) | Word of Mouth (1984 ) | Come Dancing with The Kinks (1986 ) | Think Visual (1987 ) | UK Jive (1989 ) | Phobia (1993 ) | To the Bone ( British version, 1994) | To the Bone ( U.S. version) (1996 ) | BBC Sessions (2001)

  • The- Kinks album
  • Album ( rock )
  • Album 1966
  • Concept album