Friday, January 18, 2013
"Part 1" : THE WEEKEND MIX
Uncut Magazine's recent "Ultimate Guide" is dedicated to The Kinks. I've never been a fan of special editions or year-end issues. I don't want to look back at the "Year In Pictures." But I do love when Uncut publishes these "ultimate guides." They pick an artist and get their writers to reevaluate every record. New reviews and song by song ratings of everything including live records, compilations and solo recordings. It's exhaustive and great fun.
As I was reading, I was truly fascinated by the songs that were highlighted as 4 and 5 star pieces of work. There were the obvious, of course. But even as a Kinks fan, I realized the melodies of many of Ray's mini masterworks didn't immediately come to mind. I can sing every part of "Waterloo Sunset," bass line, middle harmony, etc. But "Something Better Beginning?" I had to listen and get reacquainted.
My idea was to throw these songs in a playlist as I was reading and then give it all a go when I finished.
Here is that playlist. I'm calling it "Part One," as it only covers the Pye/Reprise years. (Part Two will cover the RCA years and Part Three, the Arista years.)
I did some editing. There are more than 20 Ray masterpieces, and Uncut doled out those stars quite generously.
You will notice that this playlist is a bit short on rockers, which says something about the writers of Uncut or me or both.
Where Have All The Good Times
Stop Your Sobbing
Nothin' In This World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That Girl
Too Much On My Mind
Something Better Beginning
Most Exclusive Residence For Sale
Get Back In The Line
A Long Way From Home
Ring The Bell
Some Mother's Son
A Well Respected Man