“Percy” by The Kinks - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1971Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

The soundtrack album for the 1971 British comedy film based on a novel of the same name by Raymond Hitchcock. Plot: “Edwin (Bennett), an innocent and shy young man, is hit by a nude man falling from a high-rise building while carrying a chandelier. Edwin's penis is mutilated in the accident and has to be amputated; the falling man is killed. Edwin becomes the recipient of the world's first penis transplant: he receives the very large penis of the womanizer killed in the same accident. With his new bit of anatomy (which he names "Percy"), Edwin follows the womanizer's footsteps, meeting all his women friends, before settling happily with the donor's mistreated widow.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, this is the patchiest Kinks long player to date, veering from the sublime “Dreams” to the ridiculous “Lola [reworked instrumental mix]”. Landing somewhere in-between is the proto-Showaddywaddy “Willesden Green”, a rock n roll ballad sung by bassist John Dalton. Plus points come from the sexy blues instrumental “Completely” and the classy whiter-shade-of-pale-style “Moments”, orchestrally laced and very nice with it. A strange album for a strange film.

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [03:19] 6.0.png The Kinks - God’s Children (Ray Davies) Cerebral Pop
A2 [04:45] 3.8.png The Kinks - Lola [reworked instrumental mix] (Ray Davies) Rock
A3 [02:14] 5.6.png The Kinks - The Way Love Used To Be (Ray Davies) Songwriter
A4 [03:41] 6.4.png The Kinks - Completely (Ray Davies) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A5 [01:05] 3.5.png The Kinks - Running Round Town (Ray Davies) Folk Rock / Americana
A6 [02:58] 6.2.png The Kinks - Moments (Ray Davies) Songwriter
B1 [02:22] 5.2.png The Kinks - Animals In The Zoo (Ray Davies) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B2 [02:37] 5.7.png The Kinks - Just Friends (Ray Davies) Crooner / Cabaret
B3 [01:21] 4.0.png The Kinks - Whip Lady (Ray Davies) Prog
B4 [03:44] 8.9.png The Kinks - Dreams (Ray Davies) Cerebral Pop
B5 [01:55] 6.0.png The Kinks - Helga (Ray Davies) Folk
B6 [02:28] 5.4.png The Kinks - Willesden Green (Ray Davies) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B7 [00:30] 4.2.png The Kinks - God’s Children End (Ray Davies) Pop Ballad

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