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Sleepwalker Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 24, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: 1985
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Velvel Records
  • ASIN: B00000FDJT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,166 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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A comeback of sorts, at least commercially, `Sleepwalker' ushered in the so-called arena rock era for the Kinks. More importantly it was their first record under the Arista label as Clive Davis felt that the veteran British band was worthy of taking a flyer on with the stipulation that Ray Davies abandon his tiresome (at least to the critics and also to other members of the band) concept projects involving the trials and tribulations of characters such as Mr. Flash and get down to just making classic rock records. I always thought `Schoolboys in Disgrace' was an excellent record though it was a concept album and was their most enjoyable LP since `Muswell Hillbillies' but `Sleepwalker' is also another fine piece of work. The title track is a classic piece of Davies storytelling about midnight people and the weirdoes one would encounter walking the streets. "Juke Box Music" seems to downplay the art of making enjoyable rock n' roll but it is another great song as well. "Life on the Road" seems tailor made for the stage and Mr. Big Man has some sneering menace and biting sarcasm. Some of the mellower tunes on the second half don't satisfy as much but the total package is what any Kinks fan would appreciate. You don't have to be a Kinks fan to like `Sleepwalker' but a few listens will give you the impression that Ray wanted more listeners and record sales after a fairly stagnant period.
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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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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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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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