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Something Else By The Kinks Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Import

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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, April 7, 1998
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Digitally Remastered with Additional Bonus Tracks and the Original Artwork Including New Sleeve Notes and Lyrics. Bonus Tracks Include: 'act Nice and Gentle', 'autumn Almanac', 'susannah's Still Alive', 'wonderboy, 'polly', 'lincoln County', 'there's No Life Without Love' and 'lazy Old Sun' (Unreleased Stereo Take).

Some fans argue that this 1967 release is one of head Kink Ray Davies's middle-period masterpieces (coming between two LPs that no kultist can deny: Face to Face and Village Green Preservation Society), while others regard it as an uneven collection of great singles and inconsequential filler; a stopgap move. Although no one could argue that it's as consistent as those classics, Something Else does boast one of the great one-two punches in rock history: the rumbling tale of social envy, "David Watts," and "Death of a Clown," a slurring pub sing-along warbled by brother Dave. Elsewhere, the quartet dives headfirst into droning psychedelia ("Lazy Old Sun"), whimsical balladry ("Afternoon Tea"), suburban soap opera ("Two Sisters"--love that harpsichord), and one of the most poignant singles in rock history ("Waterloo Sunset"). This import edition generously supplements the strong 13-song original lineup with eight bonus tracks. --Don Harrison

1. David Watts
2. Death Of A Clown
3. Two Sisters
4. No Return
5. Harry Rag
6. Tin Soldier Man
7. Situation Vacant
8. Love Me Till The Sun Shines
9. Lazy Old Sun
10. Afternoon Tea
11. Funny Face
12. End Of The Season
13. Waterloo Sunset
14. Bonus Track: Act Nice And Gentle
15. Bonus Track: Autumn Almanac
16. Bonus Track: Susannah's Still Alive
17. Bonus Track: Wonderboy
18. Bonus Track: Polly
19. Bonus Track: Lincoln County
20. Bonus Track: There's No Life Without Love
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 7, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Import
  • Label: Essential / Castle
  • ASIN: B000007V27
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,699 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 12, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Like many fans of this great British band, I've watched the release of 6 Kinks 'Deluxe Editions' since the beginning of 2011 with a certain amount of scepticism. Haven't these albums been done to death already and isn't this just more monetary milking of it? But then several of our customers began to rave about the great new remastered sound on these doubles - so I took the plunge on "Face To Face" (see review), "Something Else" and "Arthur..." - and they were right. They're better than previous 2004 single issues - and how. But along with the gains (there's 12 'previously unreleased' tracks), there are some minor omissions too...

Here are the details first - "Something Else By...DELUXE EDITION" was released 20 June 2011 in the UK on Universal/Sanctuary 273 214-1 and breaks down as follows:

Disc 1 (79:46 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 13 are the MONO version of the LP "Something Else By The Kinks" released 15 September 1967 in the UK on Pye Records NPL 18193 and January 1968 in the USA on Reprise Records R 6279 [Mono Variant Was Promo-Only in the USA]
Track 14 is "Act Nice And Gentle" - the Mono non-album A-side of a UK 7" single released 5 May 1967 on Pye Records 7N.17321
Track 15 is "Mr. Pleasant" - the Mono non-album A-side of a UK 7" single on Pye Records 7N.17314. Released 21 April 1967, it pressed up for export issue to Europe. It was also issued in the USA on 24 May 1967 on Reprise Records 0587. Its non-album B-side is "That is Where I Belong" - that track is 'not' available here - it's on the "Face To Face Deluxe Edition"
Track 16 is "Susannah's Still Alive" - credited to Dave Davies, it's the Mono A-side of a UK 7" single released November 1967 on Pye Records 7N.
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Irony laced the career of The Kinks how else to describe how during their most creative period they were banned from playing in America causing their impact to be a shadow of what it had been when "You Really Got Me" broke.

This deluxe edition supervised and remastered (with Dan Hersh)by Andrew Sandoval features both the mono and stereo versions of this classic album as well as single tracks, bonus outtakes and previously unreleased BBC sessions recorded by the band in support of this terrific album.

The sound is exceptionally good--yes, it is louder than the previous version but the album still sounds quite dynamic and Sandoval was able to locate the best sounding tapes for these reissues. The mono sounds particularly good--very punchy with a lot of presence.

Disc one features the entire mono album as well as the single tracks "Act Nice and Gentle", "Mr. Pleasant", "Susannah's Still Alive", "Autumn Almanac". The remainder of the album is fleshed out by the following BBC tracks; "Sunny Afternoon", "Autumn Almanac", "Mr. Pleasant", "Susannah's Still Alive" (duplicating the singles included), "David Watts". We also get previously unreleased alternate mixes/versions of "David Watts", "Harry Rag" and the rare "Afternoon Tea" from the Canadian mono mix of the album.

The previously released BBC tracks also appear--"Love Me Till The Sun Shines", "Death of a Clown", "Good Luck Charm" and "Harry Rag".

Disc two consists of the entire album in stereo as well as the single tracks "Susannah's Still Live", "Autumn Almanac". "Sand in My Shoe" an early working version with completely different lyrics and a different musical performance of "Tin Soldier Man" as well as alternate mixes of "Afternoon Tea", "Mr.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Michael Topper on July 18, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Thank god the deluxe edition remasters of the Kinks' catalogue are among the finest I've ever seen for any band, considering how legendary the group are to rock history in general. "Something Else" has always been a masterpiece--turned into an enduring cult classic due to its curious lack of success when initially released in spite of containing two top 5 UK hits--but the initial Reprise CD possessed terrible sound and the late 90s Castle remaster a better sound and some decent bonus cuts, but there still seemed room for improvement. Just how much room was still left for improvement is proved by this deluxe edition, which I happily paid an exorbitant price for and thankfully, was not only not disappointed but utterly overwhelmed.

Since the stereo and mono versions differ so greatly, it is great to have both available in one package for the first time. The first thing that immediately leaps out upon playing the discs is the amazing sound quality, which cuts the earlier Castle remaster--which I considered decent at the time--to shreds. And unlike the recent round of remixes/remasters for various groups that have sacrificed EQ subtlety for loudness, "Something Else" is an absolute textbook model of how to do make a remaster sound loud and clear, without compressing the music to a sterile din. All of the original peaks and valleys of the music are still there, only sounding warmer, brighter and clearer than ever. With this truly deluxe edition the album sounds epic, which befits the epic nature of Britpop classics like "Lazy Old Sun", "Waterloo Sunset", "Two Sisters" and "Situation Vacant".

The lengthy accompanying booklet is well-researched and informative, with much in-depth detail on the creation of the songs.
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