‘On The Outside’: what a frickin’ masterpiece! Seriously I think this is one of Ray’s best ever songs period, and it’s approaching CRIMINAL that it wasn’t released at the time in some form, although at least Ray saw sense and finally let it ‘come out’ (twice over) in the 90s. Seriously: the empathy and love in this some as conveyed by the beautiful melody and tender lyric is IMMENSE. Over Powering, to me anyway. I’ve mentioned before I’m a huge Beach Boys fan, and though more of a Kinks obsessive I wouldn’t want to choose between the two catalogues, and also sometimes I have doubts and think ‘well Ray isn’t as much of a direct channel for human emotion and love as Brian, he can’t quite measure up to the Beach Boys purest moments’ but then WHAM I’ll remember a track like this and I’ll know it’s not as simple as that, that Ray can indeed get there to BBs level Godhead and blow you away with his level of understanding reassurance and warmth conveyed through melody and lyrical honesty. Re: the coming out theme WHY was this one suppressed at the time when the sneering of ‘Prince Of The Punks’ and the drastically inferior juvenile smirking of ‘Out Of The Wardrobe’ (LOL he’s a big man in a dress but his wife got into it!) ) on the next album made it out the gate? Was Ray afraid of appearing too intelligent and talented a writer on LGBT themes or something??? I don’t do top 100s etc, but if I did, song wise (maybe not as an actual recording) this is up there for The Kinks and Ray. Like top 20 at least. SERIOUSLY overlooked. I was trying to give praise to the main Sleepwalker songs where I could find reasons and holding back on my problems with them, but this reminds me what was missing from that album. Had it been included on the LP, this one track alone would have improved it immeasurably. If you ask me, it’s comparable to The Beatles leaving ‘A Day In The Life’ off Pepper!