Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

The Kinks: One For The Road

Occasionally I will hear a live album that makes me want to stop what I’m doing and go see the band in concert because of what I just heard.

One For The Road (1980) by The Kinks was such an album. It doesn’t have the greatest production or mix, but that it part of its charm. One For The Road is loaded with prime Kinks songs, and boisterous energy and fun permeates every cut.

Ray Davies delivers his songs with confidence, humor, and passion, while his brother Dave provides the raw guitar riffs and leads that make live Kinks such a hard rocking treat.

The obvious crowd pleasers are all here: You Really Got Me, Lola, All Day And All Of The Night, Where Have All The Good Times Gone, Low Budget, but you also get Catch Me Now I’m Falling, 20th Century Man, Misfits, Stop Your Sobbing, (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman, Celluloid Heroes, Victoria, and David Watts.

Just writing these song titles makes me smile, because I know I’m going to be cranking this one up real soon. It’s probably the closest I will ever get to seeing the Kinks, but that’s alright. I have a pretty vivid imagination!

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