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Something Else by the Kinks

Something Else by the Kinks referred to as just Something Else, is the fifth UK studio album by The Kinks, released in September 1967. It marks the final involvement of American producer Shel Talmy in the Kinks' 1960s studio recordings. Many of the recordings feature the keyboard work of Nicky Hopkins and the backing vocals of Ray's wife, Rasa. Two hit singles are included: "Waterloo Sunset" and "Death of a Clown"; the album was ranked No. 288 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It was voted number 237 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums 3rd Edition; as Ray Davies had assumed control over production after the departure of Shel Talmy, Something Else marked a change in the sound and production style of the Kinks. He felt unsure of his skill in mixing and recording their records and 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 autumn of 1966 and the summer of 1967, when the Kinks had cut back on touring and had begun recording and stockpiling songs for Ray's as-yet poorly defined "village green" project.

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 did not appear on a Kinks LP until the next release, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society. Ray's lyrics on the album deal with English-inspired subject matter, including the harpsichord-laden "Two Sisters", the lazy shuffle "End of the Season", the sardonic "David Watts"; the album includes three songs composed by Dave Davies, including the hit single "Death of a Clown". The album sold poorly in the UK, in part because it competed with budget-priced compilation albums of early Kinks hits from 1964–1966. Something Else sold poorly in the US upon release in January 1968 where the group was still the subject of a US ban on live and television performances. James Pomeroy, in a March 1968 review in Rolling Stone, felt it was the best album the Kinks had made to that point, praising the "humor, cynicism and irony" where he felt the band are at their best.

He picked out "David Watts" and "Waterloo Sunset" as the best tracks, praised the three contributions of Dave Davies. In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine felt that the "nostalgic and sentimental" songwriting are key, that part of "the album's power lies in its calm music, since it provides an elegant support for Davies' character portraits and vignettes". In 2003, Something Else was ranked No. 288 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, 289 in a 2012 revised list. All tracks are written except where noted. Track numbering refers to CD and digital releases of the album. Ray Davies – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, harp, organ, maracas Dave Davies – lead guitar, 12 string guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals Pete Quaifebass guitar, backing vocals Mick Avorydrums, percussion Nicky Hopkins – keyboards, piano Rasa Davies – backing vocals Something Else by The Kinks at Radio3Net Something Else by the Kinks at Discogs The Golden Age of the Kinks - Discusses the Kinks' Most Artistically Fertile Period

Alfie Almario

Alfie Almario was a Filipino former professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association. Almario played collegiate basketball at DLSU and was one of the vital cogs of Northern Consolidated Cement squad which became the core of the San Miguel Beermen, he was noted as the Triggerman of the RP Youth team that crushed China for the ABC youth championship at the Araneta Coliseum in 1982. Among his teammates in the team were Hector Calma, Leo Austria, Derrick Pumaren, Jong Uichico, Elmer Reyes, Jun Tan, the late Teddy Alfarero and the late Rey Cuenco, he was part of the national team that captured the internationally acclaimed Jones Cup in 1985. He played for the San Miguel Beermen from 1986-1990, averaging 4.6 ppg under coach Norman Black, was a member of the 1989 Grand Slam team. He retired from basketball in 1990 to concentrate on golf. Almario died of heart attack on October 3, 2001 while visiting his fish farm in Ramon, Isabela

USS Eastern Chief (ID-3390)

USS Eastern Chief was a United States Navy cargo ship in commission from 1918 to 1919. Eastern Chief was built as the commercial cargo ship SS Yoshida Maru No. 3 and completed in December 1917 by the Uraga Dock Company in Uraga, Japan. Soon after completion she was sent to the United States, where she was placed under the control of the United States Shipping Board, which renamed her SS Eastern Chief. On 10 September 1918, the U. S. Navy's 6th Naval District inspected her at Charleston, South Carolina, for possible naval service during World War I, the Shipping Board transferred her to the Navy on 25 September 1918 at the Charleston Navy Yard in Charleston; the Navy assigned her the naval registry identification number 3390 and commissioned her on 27 September 1918 as USS Eastern Chief with Lieutenant Commander A. P. Jensen, USNRF, in command. Assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, Eastern Chief departed Hampton Roads, Virginia, on 9 October 1918. After stopping at Sydney, Nova Scotia, for repairs, she arrived at La Pallice, France, on 26 November 1918 to discharge her cargo and load ordnance and engineering stores.

She departed La Pallice on 14 December 1918 and arrived at Norfolk, Virginia, on 8 January 1919. On 9 February 1919, Eastern Chief was again underway for La Pallice. During her transatlantic crossing, she went to the aid of the disabled U. S. Navy cargo ship USS West Haven on 15 February 1919, standing by West Haven until a tug came to assist. Eastern Chief helped tow West Haven to Bermuda resumed course for La Pallice, which she reached on 23 February 1919, she steamed to Antwerp, where she finished offloading her cargo. She departed Antwerp on 3 May 1919 bound for Norfolk, where she arrived on 23 May 1919. Eastern Chief was decommissioned on 29 May 1919; the Navy transferred her back to the U. S. Shipping Board the same day; this article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here. Department of the Navy: Naval Historical Center Online Library of Selected Images: Civilian Ships: S. S. Eastern Chief. Named Yoshida Maru # 3. Was USS Eastern Chief in 1918-1919 NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive: Eastern Chief