My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Face to Face was recorded through the end of 1965 and into the middle of 1966. It was released at the end of 1966 after battles with the record company over contracts. This album represents a more sprawling sound for The Kinks that was different than the sound of early songs like “All Day and All of the Night”.
Of the albums in this project, this has been the most difficult to find thus far. The major streaming services (Rdio, Spotify) and digital stores (iTunes, Amazon) didn’t have the album available digitally and purchase on Amazon was roughly $30 for a physical CD. (I also checked my local library for physical and digital versions which proved unsuccessful). I finally found the full album on YouTube of all places (I was unaware full albums where posted there, turns out there are a ton of them). Just writing the above sentences makes me realize how lucky we are in the digital age. This album was “difficult” to find, but I still didn’t have to move from my desk to do so.
What I think: Let’s start out by saying I’m not a big fan of this album. I just don’t really enjoy the observational songs. I don’t need two songs about somebodies house, or a song about a session musician. The seem to me like bad Beatles cast offs. That being said there are a few good songs here, “Too Much on My Mind”, “You’re Lookin’ Fine” and “Sunny Afternoon” are really enjoyable (and are first person narratives as well).
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I just don’t see the big deal. Maybe it’s just a matter of personal preference (I’m not much of a Kinks fan overall), but I could do without this album in the collection.
Rating (Out of 5): 3
Amazon Review (Out of 5):4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (52/70)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 74%