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Larry Page Orchestra • Kinky Music



It's hard to imagine Kinks fans being at all interested in this album of orchestral MOR covers of Kinks tunes when it was issued in 1965. Such instrumental treatments of the catalog of leading British rock bands, however, were somewhat in vogue in the 1960s, with the Rolling Stones' manager lending his name to an album by the Andrew Loog Orchestra spotlighting Rolling Stones covers, and Beatles producer George Martin overseeing some similar recordings of the Lennon-McCartney catalog. Kinky Music -- which has no instrumental or vocal contributions by any of the Kinks or Larry Page, incidentally -- is a frivolous curiosity at its best, sometimes making over the Kinks' early material into unrecognizably bland easy listening arrangements.
There's a certain Swinging London background music verve to some of the stuff, though, aided by contributions from some of the day's leading session musicians, including guitarists Jimmy Page and Big Jim Sullivan, and bassist John Paul Jones. There are some pretty swinging go-go organ and horns on tunes like "Come On Now" and "Got My Feet on the Ground," for instance, while "Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy" has a brief, cooking guitar solo that most likely is the work of young Mr. Jimmy Page. This is really a novelty, though, of interest mostly to anal Kinks collectors and not even particularly good by the standards of '60s background go-go music. It does include one song, the Dave Davies composition "One Fine Day," that the Kinks never released, but if you want to hear that you should try and find the much superior rock version done in the mid-'60s by Shel Naylor. The 2000 CD reissue on RPM makes this rarity much easier to locate, and adds thorough historical liner notes.

Biography:
Larry Page (born Leonard Davies, c 1938, Hayes, Middlesex, England) is an English former pop singer and record producer of the late 1950s and 1960s.
Biography After changing his name to Larry Page in honour of Larry Parks, the star of The Jolson Story, the teenager began a recording career as a singer.
Page tried to magnify his fame through the wearing of unusually large spectacles, as "Larry Page the Teenage Rage". He toured the UK with Cliff Richard and appeared at top venues, including the Royal Albert Hall. He was a regular on television programmes such as Six-Five Special and Thank Your Lucky Stars.
He later became a successful manager, record producer and record label owner. Much of his producer/manager success centered on his efforts with The Kinks and The Troggs, and his ownership of Page One Records and Penny Farthing Records. He produced such hits as "Wild Thing" along with all the other hits by The Troggs. Apart from The Troggs and The Kinks, the Larry Page Orchestra gave Jimmy Page (later of Led Zeppelin) some early exposure when he played on Kinky Music. In June 1967, the British music magazine NME reported that Page's bid to retain his former 10% interest in the Kinks had been dismissed by London's High Court.
Page is also credited with introducing Sonny and Cher to the UK. In 1972, Page was also involved in producing a song for Chelsea F.C. The song, "Blue is the Colour", is still played at the end of home matches.
As of the 2000s, Page has been living in Avoca Beach, New South Wales, Australia.


Discogs ...


Tracks:
01.  Tired of Waiting for You  
02.  Come on Now  
03.  Something Better Beginning  
04.  You Really Got Me  
05.  Don't Ever Change  
06.  Got My Feet on the Ground  
07.  All Day and All of the Night  
08.  One Fine Day  
09.  Just Can't Go to Sleep  
10.  Revenge  
11.  I Took My Baby Home  
12.  Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy

Label: Decca ‎– LK 4692
Country: UK
Released: 1965
Genre: Rock, Pop
Style: Pop Rock, Easy Listening

Notes:
Larry Page, Kinks manager in the 60's tried to copy what Andrew Loog Oldham did with the Rolling Stones and recorded instrumental versions of Kinks songs by unknown musicians including Kinks members.
This is the second pressing of this gem on the UK Decca reissue label C5. The original came out in 1965 on UK Decca, nobody bought it and, thus, it became and instant collectors item.
It is reported that only a couple of hundred were pressed and so this edition is also quite collectable among Kinks fans.










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