When I was eleven years old, I had little understanding of the dramatic changes that were taking place in pop music. As a diehard Beatle fan I was of course on board with their 1966 single "Paperback Writer/Rain". That b-side though was a sign post that things were changing. Droning guitar, stop/start drumming, a vocal melody that moves at a glacial pace at odds with the instruments.
Looking back it seems clear that 1966 was a watershed year for a lot of bands, not just the Fab Four. And in fact one of my all time favorite Kinks albums was released that year. With "Face to Face" Ray Davies took a big step forward with his songwriting, beginning his investigation of the minutia of modern life and those who live it. There is of course the great three song arc (though not occurring consecutively on the LP) that traces the rise and fall of a man who once rode the wave of capitalism to its heights, only to lose everything and find himself with only a "Sunny Afternoon" to enjoy. That album is chock full of great tunes and arrangements. And for some reason the closing song - which tells no tawdry story but more than makes up for it with a joyful guitar lick, jaunty rhythm, and a lyrical precursor to Mr. Davies' songs which deal with memories - has always been a personal favorite just because it makes me happy. Really happy. So if you wish to get happy with me, give a listen to "I'll Remember".
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