Track Listing. Life on the Road. Ray Davies. Big Man. Juke Box Music. Sleepless Night. Stormy Sky. Full Moon. Life Goes On. Life on the Road Ray Davies. The Kinks. Big Man Ray Davies. Sleepwalker Ray Davies. Recording for "Sleepwalker" began sometime between 22 and 30 September , cut during the same week as "Sleepless Night" and " Life Goes On " all three of which would later appear on the final Sleepwalker album. As the title suggests, "Sleepwalker" is sung from the perspective of a sleepwalker.
In the lyrics, the singer claims that "when midnight comes around, [he'll] start to lose [his] mind," calling himself a "sleepwalker", "night stalker", "street walker", and a "night hawker". It charted in the American Hot peaking at 48 ,  the first single from The Kinks to do so since " Apeman ".
It also hit 54 in Canada. Respect The Right Honorable Davies though one must, this isn't quite the leap back to form which was hoped for. Not for the chart. With all the earmarks of a classic, it's amazing 'Sleepwalker' didn't chart Top To advertise the track, The Kinks performed "Sleepwalker" multiple times on television shows.
It is the first album in what critics usually call the " arena rock " phase of the group, in which more commercial and mainstream production techniques would be employed. The album also marks the last appearance of bassist John Dalton , who left the band during the recording sessions. Dalton plays bass on all songs on the album save for "Mr. Big Man". Despite their success with the hit singles " Lola " and " Apeman " in , the Kinks had less and less commercial success throughout the s, largely attributed to bandleader Ray Davies's shift toward concept albums and a theatrical sound for the band.
After the release of the band's more rock-oriented album, Schoolboys in Disgrace , the Kinks switched labels from RCA Records to Clive Davis' Arista Records , signaling a transition toward less theatrical material. Following the band's signing to Arista, plans for a new album began to emerge. Just prior to the album's recording, the band's Konk Studios was equipped with a new track recorder. It's a great studio; I'm proud of it. Beginning in May , the band began rehearsing new material up to thirty new tracks Ray Davies had penned, with twenty songs attempted by the band.
During this time, longtime bassist John Dalton left the band, citing his lack of family time, the stresses of the road, and low pay as reasons.
Although the album, like all Kinks albums since 's Something Else by The Kinks , failed to chart in the UK, the album proved to be a success in the US, reaching 21 on the Billboard Although Clive Davis had originally pushed for "Brother" to be released as a single, comparing its appeal to that of Simon and Garfunkel's " Bridge over Troubled Water ", it never saw an official single release.