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Sleepwalker

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Arista had made it clear they would not accept any concept albums from the Kinks, and Sleepwalker, their first effort for the label, makes good on the band's promise. Comprised entirely of glossy arena rockers and power ballads, the album is more of a stylistic exercise than a collection of first-rate songs. Ray Davies contributed a handful of fairly strong songs, highlighted by the exceptional "Juke Box Music," which sees him in a shockingly resigned frame of mind, claiming that rock & roll is just rock & roll, and nothing more. Unfortunately, he chose to illustrate that fact by loading the rest of Sleepwalker with competent but undistinguished mainstream rock. While that might have made the album a hit at the time, its processed sound and weak songs sound dated today, especially compared to the lively arena rock the Kinks later released.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Life on the Road
00:05:01

Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - The Kinks, MainArtist - John Gosling, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Mick Avory, Drums, Percussion - John Dalton, Bass Guitar

© 1977 Kinks Properties Limited under exclusive license to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1977 Kinks Properties Limited under exclusive license to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

2
Mr. Big Man
00:03:49

Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - The Kinks, MainArtist - Andy Pyle, Bass Guitar - John Gosling, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Mick Avory, Drums, Percussion

© 1977 Kinks Properties Limited under exclusive license to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1977 Kinks Properties Limited under exclusive license to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

3
Sleepwalker
00:04:04

Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - The Kinks, MainArtist - John Gosling, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Mick Avory, Drums, Percussion - John Dalton, Bass Guitar

© 1977 Kinks Properties Limited under exclusive license to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1977 Kinks Properties Limited under exclusive license to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

4
Brother
00:05:29

Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - The Kinks, MainArtist - John Gosling, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Mick Avory, Drums, Percussion - John Dalton, Bass Guitar

© 1977 Kinks Properties Limited under exclusive license to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1977 Kinks Properties Limited under exclusive license to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

5
Juke Box Music
00:05:32

Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - The Kinks, MainArtist - John Gosling, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Mick Avory, Drums, Percussion - John Dalton, Bass Guitar

© 1977 Kinks Properties Limited under exclusive license to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1977 Kinks Properties Limited under exclusive license to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

6
Sleepless Night
00:03:18

Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - The Kinks, MainArtist - John Gosling, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Mick Avory, Drums, Percussion - John Dalton, Bass Guitar

© 1977 Kinks Properties Limited under exclusive license to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1977 Kinks Properties Limited under exclusive license to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

7
Stormy Sky
00:03:58

Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - The Kinks, MainArtist - John Gosling, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Mick Avory, Drums, Percussion - John Dalton, Bass Guitar

© 1977 Kinks Properties Limited under exclusive license to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1977 Kinks Properties Limited under exclusive license to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

8
Full Moon
00:03:52

Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - The Kinks, MainArtist - John Gosling, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Mick Avory, Drums, Percussion - John Dalton, Bass Guitar

© 1977 Kinks Properties Limited under exclusive license to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1977 Kinks Properties Limited under exclusive license to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

9
Life Goes On
00:05:01

Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - The Kinks, MainArtist - John Gosling, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Mick Avory, Drums, Percussion - John Dalton, Bass Guitar

© 1977 Kinks Properties Limited under exclusive license to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1977 Kinks Properties Limited under exclusive license to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

Album Description

Arista had made it clear they would not accept any concept albums from the Kinks, and Sleepwalker, their first effort for the label, makes good on the band's promise. Comprised entirely of glossy arena rockers and power ballads, the album is more of a stylistic exercise than a collection of first-rate songs. Ray Davies contributed a handful of fairly strong songs, highlighted by the exceptional "Juke Box Music," which sees him in a shockingly resigned frame of mind, claiming that rock & roll is just rock & roll, and nothing more. Unfortunately, he chose to illustrate that fact by loading the rest of Sleepwalker with competent but undistinguished mainstream rock. While that might have made the album a hit at the time, its processed sound and weak songs sound dated today, especially compared to the lively arena rock the Kinks later released.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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