I remember "Brother" from the Winterland 1977 broadcast. I believe Ray introduces it with a comment about it being another song that will have people speculating on Ray's sexuality! Probably my favourite moment in this song is the "relationships" and "sailin' ships" word play which just makes me smile. Musically, it is a pretty conventional ballad for the time (was this the Kinks inventing the power ballad?). At times I hear echoes of Pink Floyd (not the song "Echoes" but perhaps the ballads on Dark Side Of The Moon). I have to say that it is a good vocal from Ray and the intricate vocal harmonies might rekindle talk of the Beach Boys. I find it hard to believe Ray would have written a song called "Brother" and not thought about Dave. Yes, its message is pretty universal but I am sure thoughts of Dave are mixed in there.