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Sleepwalker [Hybrid SACD - DSD, Super Audio CD - DSD]

The KinksAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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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 (January 25, 2005)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD, Super Audio CD - DSD
  • Label: Velvel Records
  • ASIN: B0006U3TYI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,217 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)

Editorial Reviews

The band's Arista era began with this #21 hit from '77. The title hit; arena-ready anthems like Juke Box Music , and the rest of the original LP (with incredible sound) join the bonus cuts Artificial Light; Prince of the Punks , and The Poseur !

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kinks Komeback --- Again! June 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The Kinks continually reinvented themselves. After the international success of "Lola" in 1970 (their first komeback) the Kinks promptly went underground again, producing a series of quirky koncept albums, some excellent, some less so; these went virtually unheard in the United States.

In 1977, the Kinks once again became a straight rock band. Dave Davies got a chance to be a guitar hero. And, improbably, the band engineered another comeback, becoming arena rockers. Sleepwalker was a minor hit, but it propelled the band back into the limelight.

The follow-up, "Misfits", produced a huge hit (Rock and Roll Fantasy) and sold better, but "Sleepwalker" is the best LP of the Kinks' Arista years. There's not a false note on the nine tracks (although "Brother" is just a trifle slow for my taste). The rollicking self-satire of "Life on the Road" leads into the heart-breaking, beautifully written "Mr. Big Man", then to the lush and bizarre title cut. Every track sparkles with Ray Davies's brilliant lyrics and wry, knowing wit. Having dispensed with the elaborate horn arrangements of their koncept period, the band brings the attention back to the core of rock music: good songs.

These are songs you can dance to, sing along with, hum, and dream to. Great guitar playing by Dave, too! Very highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Milestone in Kinks History! March 29, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Sleepwalker was the Kinks' first album for the Arista label. When released in 1977 it was also the first Kinks album for several years that did not have a strict concept. This was quite refreshing and probsably also a bit of a relief for the band.

At any rate it's a very inspired album and along with "State of Confusion" the strongest and most consistent Arista album. Davies' songwriting is varied and at his very best. Dave Davies? guitar-playing is terrific and it gives edge to the music. It's hard to bring out any specific tracks, because all are great. Personal favourites were always the classic Kinks-type of songs like "Full Moon" and "Stormy Sky", but Dave great guitar on "Mr Big Man" makes the song another favourite. A little Steve Miller inspiration on the title track??

Moreover the added bonus-tracks are also fine. Two decent B-sides "Artificial Light" ( sounds like a "Misfits" song ) and "Prince of the Punks" are fine for fans/completists, but the two outtakes are really great additions. "The Poseur" was originally thought to be the title-track, but it was eventually dropped with the change of the album title. Even more strange is it that they decided to leave out the outstanding "On the Outside", which would have been another highlight on the original album. Now it finally gets it's deserved release - classical Kinks!!

A milestone in Kinks History!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a strong start to the Kinks' Arista Records years January 25, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Originally released in February of 1977, "Sleepwalker" was the first album the Kinks did for the Arista Records label which was founded, and at the time headed, by the notorious record industry mogul Clive Davis. This switch from RCA to Arista coincided with Ray Davies backing down from the seemingly endless string of Broadway-flavored, horn-laden concept albums he'd been writing in favor of a more-or-less straightahead rock 'n' roll approach.

You've probably read about how Arista Records wasn't going to accept any "Preservation"/ "Soap Opera"-style concept albums from the Kinks. However, in characteristic Ray Davies fashion, he wanted to have his cake and eat it too, so he devised "Sleepwalker" as a loosely thematic album about sleeplessness/ restlessness, a theme which can be detected just by glancing at some of the song titles such as the title track, "Sleepless Night", and "Full Moon".

And this is a really solid, satisfying album. Although these years on Arista Records also tend to be referred to as the Kinks' "arena rock" years, "arena rock" really is not an accurate description for the music on this album. Granted, the group does rock out pretty hard on many of the songs here, but the group demonstrated that they hadn't entirely forgotten the concept of rocking out on the previous album "Schoolboys In Disgrace", and "Sleepwalker" is hardly a move toward Kiss-style territory.

As usual, Ray has sole writing credit for all the tracks on the album. And there are a bunch of great ones. "Mr. Big Man" is a raging rocker about a person who acheives fame and then proceeds to blow off the people who helped him get there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return To Form April 17, 2005
Format:Audio CD
A great Kinks album- lush production, the Kinks enter the modern era. Some of Ray's best songs here- little known gems like "Mr. Big Man", "Juke Box Music", "Full Moon", and they all flow together well. I am a Kinks fanatic, so I had to balance the first reviewer- this really is a comeback album from "Schoolboys". SACD, plus rarities- awesome sound.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kind of a lost treasure August 20, 2006
Format:Audio CD
'Sleepwalker" is among the more obscure of the Kinks' albums. Aside from the singles "Sleepwalker" and "Juke box music", which did receive some considerable radio airplay, this album came and went with a wimper.

Well, "sleepwalker" (I'm a sleeeeeeeeeeeeeepwalker....) is a great song that is unfortunately excluded from many of their "hits" compliation.

There are also other good songs on this album there are hardly throwaways but, rather, richly melodic songs that are available to be consumed and appreciated by devoted Kinks fans.

These songs are a bit deeper and more complex from the usual Kinks gems from the decade before. The lyrics seem very personal, the instrumentation is more pronounced, the songs are longer and the production has more sheen which distinguishes this material from the more simplistic and raw sound of "You really got me", "All day and all of the night" and "Victoria". The music is no longer so riff oriented. In addition, Since the Kinks were clearly capable of penning a beautiful song as well, the pretty ones here also have a significant more complexity than "Days", "Waterloo Sunset", "Death of a Clown".

In hindsight, perhaps the Kinks were trying to add more dimension and depth to their songs in order to fit in with (the then emerging and home of cool and relevant music) FM radio. When this came out, with the Kinks being a veteran act, perhaps passed their prime, maybe they did not know how to market themselves. Music was dramatically changing with punk representing the cutting edge. The Kinks were one of the few of the "old guard" that were actually championed by the punk movement. Should the Kinks enamor themselves to a new audience or try to hold onto an old one?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing CD sound quality
My remarks are about ASIN B0006U3TYI - The Kinks 'Sleepwalker' Hybrid SACD - DSD on the Velvel label.

Amazon's product info on this disc says an SACD player is required. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Paul H Turley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
You have to give this album 5 stars!! If you are a kinks fan you have to love this album that contains classic kinks music!!
Published 13 months ago by robert ogrosky
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Peak for the Kinks
Some Kinks fans might debate this, but I've always felt that "Sleepwalker" ranks as one of their greatest albums, right up there with "Face To Face", "Something... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Stuart Wenger
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album
This album brought back great memories of my childhood. All of the songs are classic and Ray Davies is an outstanding songwriter. Highly recommend.
Published 14 months ago by Lisa I.
5.0 out of 5 stars Ya Good
I would not have bought this , but my cassette tape got thrown away by accident ! Obviously the CD sounds better . Good tunes .
Published on November 22, 2011 by Immehta1
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album
One of the bests Kinks' albums.
At the level of the 60's classics.

The best level of Dave in guitars and Ray singing.
Published on February 20, 2011 by elkerko
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-discovering a Great Band, album by album....
I recall getting Muswell Hillbillies back in 2000 on the re-issue and that started me all over again falling for Ray, Dave and the rest of the various Kinksmen. Read more
Published on February 19, 2009 by B. Rosenthal
3.0 out of 5 stars Ray's originality was sleepwalking
The Kinks' "rock theater" period was patchy. "Preservation" Acts 1 and 2, despite boasting lots of great songs, are plagued by poor cohesion and too many half-realized ideas. Read more
Published on April 12, 2005 by W. M. Davidson
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