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Sleepwalker Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered


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The Kinks were formed by brothers Ray and Dave Davies in their hometown of Muswell Hill, North London. The brothers began playing skiffle and rock and roll, recruiting Peter Quaife to play bass with them. By the summer of 1963, as The Ravens, they'd recruited drummer Mickey Willet. Eventually their demo tape reached American record producer Shel Talmy who helped the band land a contract ... Read more in Amazon's The Kinks Store

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  • Audio CD (November 24, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: 1985
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Velvel Records
  • ASIN: B00000FDJT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,894 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Life On The Road
2. Mr. Big Man
3. Sleepwalker
4. Brother
5. Juke Box Music
6. Sleepless Night
7. Stormy Sky
8. Full Moon
9. Life Goes On
10. Artificial Light
11. Prince Of The Punks
12. The Poseur
13. On The Outside (1977 Mix)
14. On The Outside (1994 Mix)

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This CD is an out of print collectible! It is the 1998 remastered Velvel release. Catalog 63467-79725-2. There is a hole punch through the UPC.

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What we have here is a rock and roll album.
Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
The band has a tight, stripped-down sound that really emphasizes the talents of the individual musicians.
elynch@excelonline.com
Solid guitar work, good lyrics and in general just a really good later seventies album.
Dan L. Manes

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By elynch@excelonline.com on July 15, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The remastered Kinks classic Sleepwalker, reissued by Velvel, is an extremely satisfying CD. The band has a tight, stripped-down sound that really emphasizes the talents of the individual musicians. Dave demonstrates a more contained style on his solo's, to effectively complement the mood and feel of Ray's lyrics without sacrificing the "sound" he has made famous. The CD starts out with a great one-two combination of "Life On The Road" and "Mr. Big Man". Dave the rave is in great form on "Mr. Big Man", with his guitar providing the perfect punctuation to Ray's biting condemnation of a former friend who made it big and forgot where he came from. The title song, "Sleepwalker", is a Kinks rocker that again features great guitar work. This time a nice give and take between Dave and Ray. "Brother" foreshadows some of the darker themes on the CD, and finds the band in excellent harmony while singing about changing relationships. "Juke Box Music" is another all out rocker that every Kinks fan can relate to, as Ray teases his fans about the importance of Kinks music in their lives. "Sleepless Night", "Stormy Sky" and "Full Moon" are pleasant sounding songs, with pleasing melodies that belie their darker subject matter of broken relationships, loss of identity and madness. As usual, Ray ties up all the loose ends in unique Kinks fashion with the philosophical "Life Goes On", a rock assertion that no matter what happens, life goes on. This CD may be the best musically that the Kinks have put out. The vocals, music and lyrics have never sounded better. The 4 bonus tracks that appear on this CD offer the Kinks fan a chance to hear songs that were previously unreleased in the US. Interesting to note that "The Poseur" was considered for the title song (according to liner notes). I know it's only juke box music, but I like it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Clark Paull on May 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
When the tour to support "Sleepwalker" hit Detroit's Cobo Hall back in 1977, the mighty Kinks were given the middle slot on a three-band bill, just above Ray Manzarek's Nite City and just below (believe it or not) Heart. Par for the course since The Kinks never seemed to get the respect they so richly deserved stateside, at least not until the arena rock trappings exhibited on "Low Budget." "Sleepwalker," like "Muswell Hillbillies," is perfect, with not a duff track to found within its grooves. "Life On The Road," "Juke Box Music," and the title track are all mandatory listening and validate Ray Davies' reputation as a pop music visionary and genius. Golden...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gianmarco Manzione on August 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Whether or not it is "only juke box music," "Sleepwalker" also happens to be the most consistent album in the string of releases that comprised The Kinks second wind. The sound is juicy as an over-ripe melon, the music is fantastic, and the songs are some of the best in the band's catalog: the anthemic "Juke Box Music," the hit single, "Sleepwalker," and "Sleepless Night," one of those ocassional gems penned by younger brother Dave. "Life on the Road" is a rock 'n roll theme song in its own right: a characteristically charming take on the lifestyle of the rock star. "So I searched night and day/to catch a kissable lady/But all I caught was a cold," Ray quips as the song trundles delightfully onward. History may have robbed these guys of their richly deserved immortality, but compared to the garbage other baby boomer bands put out at this time (all that reggae and disco trash from the Stones, or those pitiful late-70s CSN albums), the songs on "Sleepwalker" speak for themselves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 22, 1998
Format: Audio CD
I wish this faze of the Kinks topsy turvy career could have lasted much longer. Sleepwalker is better than Misfits and Low Budget and this is their best trio of Kinks albums. Sleepwalker at various turns is very funny, rocks, broods, laments and soars. In fact the song Life On The Road alone contains these elements and more! This is close to my favorite album ever released. I would like to know who had been keeping Dave Davies from playing his guitar? Live he has always shined but it is a pleasure to hear him really break out on this album.Terrific playing, singing and song composition make this a tremendous album. And no Muswell Hillbillie gag songs!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ on April 28, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Ray Davies must have tired of trying to be Noel Coward, or at least not making money at doing so. He had, since 1973, been making rock opera's, but with the rise of punk and disco and most mainstream art rock getting tacky, he made a decisive move.

What we have here is a rock and roll album. There is an over arching mood of being lost, needing comfort, engaging in rituals that have long outgrown their joy on Sleepwalker.

This is not a concept album in the sense of Preservation: Act 1 or two. Actually, Sleepwalker is a throwback to 1960s albums like The Village Green Preservation Society: not a story but songs tied together by theme and nuance--in Sleepwalkers case, compulsion and search. It works better: most rock operas have not dated well but albums with threads done well will always hold up.

Musically, this is the American, streamlined polished rock that people like Bob Segar and, to a further extreme, Boz Scaggs were doing so well. If progressive was past the boom, write really good songs, used 1970s improved production, and the best musicianship possible.

The title track, "Mr. Big Man," "Juke Box Music." All these characters with pathologies and longings center around the album the way Walter, Monica, and Annabella did the Village Green. And though Sleepwalker takes place after the world had lost the innocence of the Village, painfully beautiful "Stormy Sky," ties the album together when the lost and lonely find, for a few moments, the intimacy and refuge they seem to look for.
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