Lazy old sun - The Kinks

Rola: Lazy Old Sun
Traducción: Sol viejo y perezoso
En México: El viejo sol
Intérprete: The Kinks
Compositor: Raymond Douglas Davies
Disco: Something Else by The Kinks
Productor: Shel Talmy, Ray Davies
Orden al bat: 072


Es sabido que The Kinks siempre se mantuvo alejado de la sicodelia, lo que resulta muy atractivo para muchos de sus fans, sin embargo en "Lazy Old Sun" no se puede negar que Ray Davies tuvo un desliz y sucumbió ante el género. Recordamos que de su antecesora "See My Friends" emanaba un ligero toque sicodélico si bien no podríamos clasificarla absolutamente como sicodélica.


Duración: 02:49
Año: 1967
Formato: L.P.
A la venta: 15/09/1967
Disquera: PYE Records


Ray Davies – voz principal, guitarra y coros
Dave Davies – guitarra líder y de 12 cuerdas y coros
Pete Quaife – bajo y coros
Mick Avory – batería y percusión
Nicky Hopkins – teclados
Rasa Davies –coros



Lazy Old Sun
Sol viejo y perezoso
Lazy old sun
What have you done to summertime?
Hiding away
Behind all those misty thunder clouds
I don’t mind
To spend my time
Looking for you
For you are my one reality
When I’m dead and gone
Your light will shine eternally
Sunny rain, shine my way
Kiss me with one ray of light from your lazy old sun

You make the rainbows and you make the night disappear
You melt the frost so I won’t criticize my sun

When I was young
My world was three foot, seven inch tall
When you were young
There was no world at all
Sunny rain, shine my way
Kiss me with one ray of light from your lazy old sun

Lazy old sun
Lazy old sun
Lazy old sun


La revista Rolling Stone clasifica a Something Else by The Kinks como el número 288 entre los 500 discos más importantes de todos los tiempos

1. "David Watts"
2. "Death of a Clown"
3. "Two Sisters"
4. "No Return"
5. "Harry Rag"
6. "Tin Soldier Man"
7. "Situation Vacant"

1. "Love Me Till the Sun Shines"
2. "Lazy Old Sun"
3. "Afternoon Tea"
4. "Funny Face"
5. "End of the Season"
6. "Waterloo Sunset"

Something Else by The Kinks, often referred to as just Something Else, is the fifth UK studio album by the English rock group The Kinks, released in September 1967. The album marks the final involvement of American producer Shel Talmy in The Kinks' 1960s studio recordings; henceforth Ray Davies would assume recording production. Many of the recordings feature the keyboard work of session player Nicky Hopkins, and the backing vocals of Ray Davies' wife, Rasa. In 2003, the album was ranked number 288 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Songs on the album composed by Ray Davies followed his affinity for strongly English-inspired subject matter, including the harpsichord-laden "Two Sisters", the lazy shuffle of "End of the Season", and the sardonic "David Watts". The album includes the hit single "Waterloo Sunset".

With the departure of Shel Talmy, Something Else marks a change in the sound and production style of The Kinks. As mentioned earlier, Ray Davies would now assume control over production. At first, however, he felt unsure of himself and his skill in the mixing and recording of their records. He later commented: “I feel that I shouldn't have been allowed to produce Something Else. What went into an album required someone whose approach was a little bit more mundane."
Apart from "End of the Season", the album was recorded between the fall of 1966 and the summer of 1967, when The Kinks had cut back on touring and had begun recording and stockpiling songs for Davies' as-yet poorly defined "village green" project. In fact, the song "Village Green" was recorded in November 1966 during the sessions for the album but was released on a French EP in 1967 and would not appear on a Kinks LP until the next release, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society.

The album includes three songs composed by Dave Davies, including the hit single "Death of a Clown". Based on the unexpected success of the song, the younger Davies began exploring a solo career but follow-up singles did not meet with the same success and, by mid-1969, his solo ambitions would be set aside for a decade.

The album sold poorly in the United Kingdom, in part because it competed with budget-priced compilation albums of early Kinks hits from 1964-1966. Singles-oriented Pye Records released "Waterloo Sunset", "Death of a Clown", and other songs before the album itself. The Kinks would score one more big UK hit single shortly after the release of Something Else with "Autumn Almanac", then would not have a big hit again until "Lola" in 1970.

Something Else also sold poorly in the United States upon release in January 1968, as did its predecessor, Face to Face. These albums had strong British themes; more importantly, the group was still the subject of a U.S. ban on live and television performances.

Critical opinions at the time of the album's release were very positive, especially those of the nascent underground rock press, such as the publication Crawdaddy.


The Kinks: Londres

The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, by brothers Ray and Dave Davies in 1964. Categorized in the United States as a British Invasion band, The Kinks are recognized as one of the most important and influential rock acts of the era. Their music was influenced by a wide range of genres, including rhythm and blues, British music hall, folk, and country. Ray Davies (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and Dave Davies (lead guitar, vocals) remained members throughout the group's 32-year run. Original members Pete Quaife (bass guitar, vocals) and Mick Avory (drums and percussion) were replaced by John Dalton in 1969 and Bob Henrit in 1984, respectively. Dalton was in turn replaced by Jim Rodford in 1978. Keyboardist Nicky Hopkins accompanied the band during studio sessions in the mid-1960s. Later, various keyboardists, including John Gosling and Ian Gibbons, were full-time members.

The Kinks first came to prominence in 1964 with their third single, "You Really Got Me", written by Ray Davies. It became an international hit, topping the charts in the United Kingdom and reaching the Top 10 in the United States. Between the mid-1960s and early 1970s, the group released a string of commercially and critically successful singles and LPs, and gained a reputation for songs and concept albums reflecting English culture and lifestyle, fuelled by Ray Davies' observational writing style. Albums such as Face to Face, Something Else, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, Arthur, Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, and Muswell Hillbillies, along with their accompanying singles, are considered among the most influential recordings of the period. The Kinks' subsequent theatrical concept albums met with less success, but the band experienced a revival during the late 1970s and early 1980s—groups such as Van Halen, The Jam, The Knack, and The Pretenders covered their songs, helping to boost The Kinks' record sales. In the 1990s, Britpop acts such as Blur and Oasis cited the band as a major influence. The Kinks broke up in 1996, a result of the commercial failures of their last few albums and creative tension between the Davies brothers.

The Kinks initially stayed within the boundaries of genres such as R&B and blues, but soon began experimenting with louder rock and hard rock sounds—due to their pioneering of the field, they have often been labelled as "the original punks". Dave Davies became bored with the traditonal "clean" guitar style of the period; in search of a louder, more biting sound, he famously split the speaker cone of his Elpico amplifier (nicknamed "the little green amp"): "I started to get really frustrated [with the amp's sound], and I said, 'I know! I'll fix you!' I got a single-sided Gillette razorblade and cut ... [from the centre to the edge of the] cone ... so it was all shredded but still on there, still intact. I played and I thought it was amazing." The jagged sound of the amplifier was replicated in the studio; the Elpico was plugged into a larger Vox AC30, and the resulting effect became a mainstay in The Kinks' early recordings—most notably on "You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of the Night".

However, the group soon abandoned its R&B and hard rock leanings. From 1966 onwards, The Kinks came to be known for their adherence to traditions of English music and culture, during a period when many other British groups dismissed their heritage in favour of American blues, R&B, and pop styles. Ray Davies recalled that at a distinct moment in 1965 he decided to break away from the American scene, and write more introspective and intelligent songs. "I decided I was going to use words more, and say things. I wrote 'Well Respected Man'. That was the first real word-oriented song I wrote. … [I also] abandoned any attempt to Americanise my accent." The Kinks' allegiance to English styles was strengthened by the ban placed on them by the American Federation of Musicians. The ban cut them off from the American record buying public, the world's largest musical market, forcing them to focus on Britain and mainland Europe. The Kinks expanded on their English sound throughout the remainder of the 1960s, fusing music hall and folk, and creating some of the most influential and important music of the period.