#5. Something Else by the Kinks
Released: September, 1967
Best Songs: "Waterloo Sunset," "David Watts" and "Death of a Clown"
"Waterloo Sunset" is one of the finest songs ever written, and quite possibly my favorite song not written by Bob Dylan or one of the Beatles. Its the album closer, and perfectly sets up the next three albums: Village Green, Arthur and Lola.
#4. Face to Face
Released: December, 1966
Best Songs: "Dandy," "Session Man, "Sunny Afternoon" and "Mr. Reporter"
The Kinks first great album, Face to Face began to showcase a new kind of writing from Ray Davies, drifting away from "You Really Got Me"-lyrics to character songs that still haven't been matched.
#3. Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround
Released: November, 1970
Best Songs: "This Time Tomorrow" and "Strangers"
For my write-up of Lola that appeared in the New School Free Press, click here.
#2. Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)
Released: October, 1969
Best Songs: "Victoria," "Mr. Churchill Says" and "Arthur"
Sure, this album has a few hiccups (the guitar solo on "Australia" is kind of lame) but "Victoria" is the best album opener outside of "Like a Rolling Stone," and the album has a perfect mixture of the solemn ("Yes Sir, No Sir") and the rockin' ("Arthur").
#1. The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society
Released: November, 1968
Best Songs: "The Village Green Preservation Society," "Picture Book" and "Village Green"
Pristine, vintage, beautiful. Just three of the many words that could be used to describe Village Green, an album that probably feels as much of a throw-back then as it does now.