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State of Confusion [Hybrid SACD - DSD]

The KinksAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 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 (September 21, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: Velvel Records
  • ASIN: B0002PUH9W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,088 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. State of Confusion
2. Definite Maybe
3. Labour of Love
4. Come Dancing
5. Property
6. Don't Forget to Dance
7. Young Conservatives
8. Heart of Gold
9. Clichés of the World (B Movie)
10. Bernadette
11. Don't Forget to Dance [original extended mix][Edit][#][*]
12. Once a Thief [#][*]
13. Long Distance [#][*]
14. Noise [#][*]

Editorial Reviews

Their biggest hit in years, this 1983 LP soared to #12 and gave the band two more smash hits: Come Dancing and Don't Forget to Dance .

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
One thing that I greatly admire about Ray Davies - lead singer of The Kinks is that when it comes the music business, he isn't afraid to deviate from the formula. As a result of this, the Kinks became one of the most innovative bands of the Rock era. This is demonstrated on their 1983 landmark album "State of Confusion". This album would mark the peak of the comeback started by the Kinks in the late 1970s. On "State of Confusion" we would see Ray Davies integrate a combination of personal anguish (as a result of a broken marriage) and social commentary into the lyrics along with a potpourri of musical styles. The result would be an outstanding collection of tracks that stand the test of time.

There are really three phases to The Kinks. The Kinks started out in the 1960s as a "rebellious" group of rockers as part of the first British Invasion that would soon have a series of hits. I call this phase - "1960s Kinks". This phase goes from 1964-1971. "1960s Kinks" was a commercially successful period. Although this wasn't Punk Rock, many credit the style of the Kinks for becoming the strawman for the Punk Rock movement that would happen in the 1970s. It was during this period The Kinks were mysteriously banned from playing in the U.S.. The second phase is the "Rock Opera Phase" from 1972 to 1976. This was not a commercially successful phase for the Kinks. These concept/Rock Opera albums were not well received by the public, but eventually would be accepted by The Kinks fans. When the group made the switch to Arista Records, The Kinks went toward more of a Hard Rock/Rock Pop direction. This would start the third phase called "The Later Years" covering 1977 onward. There is a bunch of irony in this switch.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Originally released in May of 1983, "State of Confusion" is a superb Kinks album. Ray Davies, like usual, wrote all of the songs on the album (including all the bonus tracks on the 1999 & 2004 Velvel Records reissues), and he's absolutely on top of his songwriting game with a seemingly endless supply of great songs up his sleeve. Also like usual, Ray produced the album himself, and did an excellent job, keeping the use of synthesizers in check, and the band sounds wonderfully inspired throughout.

The Kinks really rock it out on many of the songs. The hook-heavy title track is a dynamic rocker with excellent backing vocal harmonies. "Definite Maybe" is wonderfully cartoonish with bracing guitar chords and highly amusing lyrics about getting the runaround in daily life with no one giving a damn. "Cliches Of The World (B Movie)" is a a captivating epic about a man who feels crippled by the day-to-day routine of his life and dreams about being taken away to some utopian galaxy, featuring Ray's unforgettable raging cries of "just an illusion!". The high-energy, uptempo "Young Conversatives" is super fun with its biting and sarcastic lyrics, plus the sudden and hilarious referencing of the Kinks' own "David Watts" at 1:32 of the song. The bluesy mid-tempo rocker "Bernadette", a song left over from the "Give The People What They Want" era, puts a standard rock 'n' roll riff to excellent use, plus it offers us some more biting lyrics, and Dave's lead vocal is spirited even if it's a bit off-key.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars first concert i ever went to.... May 8, 2003
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.....and I still love the band and the album 20 years later. Life is a B Rated Movie is one of the greatest rock songs of all time, and as someone else so astutely stated in their review, worth the price of the album by itself. Ray Davies' dry wit will never get old for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Kinks CD on Arista October 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is the perfect starting point for discovering the Kinks 1980's output. This new SACD stereo (not multi-channel) CD boasts excellent sound quality, especially on a SACD player. The Kinks as a band have never sounded better. The production is as good as it ever gets for the Kinks. Ray Davies songwriting is in top form. A couple of mediocre songs don't detract from a CD filled with top shelf Davies musings. It was a troubling period of time for Davies, personally and professionally and the songs capture that "confusion" very well. The addition of the 3 bonus songs is what elevates this Cd overall from a 4-1/2 stars to a 5 star. No better indication of Davies' confusion during this time period is trying to understand how he could have possibly left these songs off the original issue. Buy it, crank it up to 11 and enjoy a great Kinks classic!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Kinks go MTV June 6, 2000
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This was the album that brought The Kinks back into the spotlight after many years of laboring in the wilderness. And rightly so. There are many great songs on this CD, including the two excellent singles "Come Dancing" and "Don't Forget to Dance," whose videos landed the band in front of a new generation on MTV. Fortunately, the band didn't compromise in order to achieve greater popularity. They just came up with one of their best albums. A vital addition to any Kinks fan's collection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome album! We're huge Kinks fans.
Published 1 month ago by M. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Ray and Dave
Dave's OK: Earnest, high-energy, but Ray's the man. I saw Ray's band live a couple of years ago. At the time, I wished it could've been the Kinks. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't know whether I'm coming or going...
The Kinks continued to turn out quality LPs during a "silver age" while they were contracted to Arista Records from 1977-1984. Read more
Published on August 6, 2011 by Mark H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Come Dancing!
I was lucky enough to see the Kinks in my youth. They still had great energy back in '83, and I began collecting after seeing them. Read more
Published on January 5, 2011 by Lyle Webster
4.0 out of 5 stars A silver classic!
I always thought this album rocked when I bought the LP in 1983,the year of its release. The title track sure does rock with the lead vocal by composer Ray Davies,the Kinks' lead... Read more
Published on January 29, 2008 by andy8047
This Japanese mini-lp replica version of Kinks album is simply a work of art! Very beautifully designed with all the lyrics included and with a sound quality remastered to... Read more
Published on August 26, 2007 by Rafael
4.0 out of 5 stars And when they said "Come dancing," my sister always did
The Kinks were already on a creative hot streak when "State Of Confusion" landed. "Give the People What They Want" had broken back on radio in a big way, and both "Low Budget" and... Read more
Published on July 29, 2007 by Tim Brough
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid hard rock with a bleak worldview
"Come Dancing" and "Don't Forget to Dance" surely won the Kinks a lot of new fans in the '80s, but I'd be willing to bet that a lot of those new fans were blindsided by the album... Read more
Published on March 3, 2006 by W. M. Davidson
4.0 out of 5 stars everything you hear and say, Just another cliche....
The Kings brand of rock has always been a simple a formula. A few guitar chords and a driving beat behind some of the best working class lyrics in popular music. Read more
Published on February 8, 2003 by Eric E. Weinraub
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