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1964 Kinks

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1. You Really Got Me
2. Beautiful Delilah
3. So Mystifying
4. Just Can't Go To Sleep
5. Long Tall Shorty
6. I Took My Baby Home
7. I'm A Lover Not A Fighter
8. Too Much Monkey Business
9. Cadillac
10. Bald Headed Woman
11. Revenge
12. I've Been Driving On Bald Mountain
13. Stop Your Sobbing
14. Got Love If You Want It


1965 Kinda Kinks

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1. Look For Me Baby
2. Got My Feet On The Ground
3. Nothin' In The World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That Girl
4. Naggin' Woman
5. Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight
6. Tired Of Waiting For You
7. Dancing In The Street
8. Don't Ever Change
9. Come On Now
10. So Long
11. You Shouldn't Be Sad
12. Something Better Beginning


1965 The Kink Kontroversy

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1. Milk Cow Blues
2. Ring The Bells
3. Gotta Get The First Plane Home
4. When I See That Girl Of Mine
5. I Am Free
6. Till The End Of The Day
7. The World Keeps Going Round
8. I'm On An Island
9. Where Have All The Good Times Gone
10. It's Too Late
11. What's In Store For Me
12. You Can't Win


1966 Face To Face

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1. Party Line
2. Rosy Won't You Please Come Home
3. Dandy
4. Too Much On My Mind
5. Session Man
6. Rainy Day In June
7. House In The Country
8. Holiday In Waikiki
9. Most Exclusive Residence For Sale
10. Fancy
11. Little Miss Queen Of Darkness
12. You're Looking Fine
13. Sunny Afternoon
14. I'll Remember


1967 Something Else By The Kinks

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1. David Watts
2. Death Of A Clown
3. Two Sisters
4. No Return
5. Harry Rag
6. Tin Soldier Man
7. Situation Vacant
8. Love Me Till The Sun Shines
9. Lazy Old Sun
10. Afternoon Tea
11. Funny Face
12. End Of The Season
13. Waterloo Sunset


1968 (The Kinks Are) The Village Green Preservation Society

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1. The Village Green Preservation Society
2. Do You Remember Walter?
3. Picture Book
4. Johnny Thunder
5. Last of the Steam-Powered Trains
6. Big Sky
7. Sitting By The Riverside
8. Animal Farm
9. Village Green
10. Starstruck
11. Phenomenal Cat
12. All Of My Friends Were There
13. Wicked Annabella
14. Monica
15. People Take Pictures of Each Other


1969 Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire)

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1. Victoria
2. Yes Sir, No Sir
3. Some Mother's Son
4. Drivin'
5. Brain Washed
6. Australia
7. Shangri-La
8. Mr. Churchill Says
9. She Bought A Hat Like Princess Marina
10. Young And Innocent Days
11. Nothing To Say
12. Arthur


1970 Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround, Part One

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1. The Contenders
2. Strangers
3. Denmark Street
4. Get Back In Line
5. Lola
6. Top Of The Pops
7. The Money Go Round
8. This Time Tomorrow
9. A Long Way From Home
10. Rats
11. Apeman
12. Powerman
13. Got To Be Free


1971 Percy (soundtrack)

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1. God's Children
2. Lola (instrumental)
3. The Way Love Used To Be
4. Completely
5. Running Round Town
6. Moments
7. Animals In The Zoo
8. Just Friends
9. Whip Lady
10. Dreams
11. Helga
12. Willesden Green
13. God's Children - End


1971 Muswell Hillbillies

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1. 20th Century Man
2. Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues
3. Holiday
4. Skin And Bone
5. Alcohol
6. Complicated Life
7. Here Come The People In Grey
8. Have A Cuppa Tea
9. Holloway Jail
10. Oklahoma U.S.A.
11. Uncle Son
12. Muswell Hillbilly
13. Mountain Woman (Bonus)
14. Kentucky Moon (Bonus)


1972 Everybody's in Show-Biz (Compilation)

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1. Here Comes Yet Another Day
2. Maximum Consumption
3. Unreal Reality
4. Hot Potatoes
5. Sitting In My Hotel
6. Motorway
7. You Don't Know My Name (Dave Davies)
8. Supersonic Rocket Ship
9. Look a Little on the Sunnyside
10. Celluloid Heroes
11. Top of the Pops
12. Brainwashed
13. Mr. Wonderful (L. Holofcener, G.D. Weiss, J.L. Bock)
14. Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues
15. Holiday
16. Muswell Hillbilly
17. Alcohol
18. The Banana Boat Song (W.A. Attaway, I. Burgie)
19. Skin and Bone
20. Baby Face (Benny Davis, H. Akst)
21. Lola
22. Till the End of the Day
23. She's Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina


1973 Preservation Act 1

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1. Preservation (single)
2. Morning Song
3. Daylight
4. Sweet Lady Genevieve
5. There's A Change In The Weather
6. Where Are They Now?
7. One Of The Survivorsornsey
8. Cricket
9. Money & Corruption / I Am Your Man
10. Here Comes Flash
11. Sitting In The Midday Sun
12. Demolition
13. One of the survivors (single edit)


1973 The Great Lost Kinks Album (Compilation)

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1. Till Death Us Do Part
2. There Is No Life Without Love
3. Lavender Hill
4. Groovy Movies
5. Rosemary Rose
6. Misty Water
7. Mr. Songbird
8. When I Turn Off The Living Room Light
9. The Way Love Used To Be
10. I'm Not Like Everybody Else
11. Plastic Man
12. This Man He Weeps Tonight
13. Pictures In The Sand
14. Where Did My Spring Go?
15. Dedicated Follower Of Fashion (Bonus)
16. Tin Soldier Man (Bonus)


1974 Preservation Act 2

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1. Announcement
2. Introduction To Solution
3. When A Solution Comes
4. Money Talks
5. Announcement - 2
6. Shepherds Of The Nation
7. Scum Of The Earth
8. Second-Hand Car Spiv
9. He's Evil
10. Mirror Of Love
11. Announcement - 3
12. Nobody Gives
13. Oh Where Oh Where Is Love?
14. Flash's Dream (The Final Elbow)
15. Flash's Confession
16. Nothing Lasts Forever
17. Announcement - 4
18. Artificial Man
19. Scrapheap City
20. Announcement - 5
21. Salvation Road
22. Mirror Of Love - 2
23. Slum Kids (Take 1)


1975 (The Kinks Present) A Soap Opera

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1. Everybody's A Star (Starmaker)
2. Ordinary People
3. Rush Hour Blues
4. Nine To Five
5. When Work Is Over
6. Have Another Drink
7. Underneath The Neon Sign
8. Holiday Romance
9. You Make It All Worthwhile
10. Ducks On The Wall
11. (A) Face In The Crowd
12. You Can't Stop The Music
13. Everybody's a Star (Starmaker) (Mono Mix)
14. Ordinary People (Live)
15. You Make it All Worthwhile (Live)
16. Underneath the Neon Sign (Live)


1976 (The Kinks Present) Schoolboys In Disgrace

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1. Schooldays
2. Jack The Idiot Dunce
3. Education
4. The First Time We Fall In Love
5. I'm In Disgrace
6. Headmaster
7. The Hard Way
8. The Last Assembly
9. No More Looking Back
10. Finale


1977 Sleepwalker

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1. Life On The Road
2. Mr. Big Man
3. Sleepwalker
4. Brother
5. Juke Box Music
6. Sleepless Night
7. Stormy Sky
8. Full Moon
9. Life Goes On
10. Artificial Light
11. Prince Of The Punks
12. The Poseur
13. On The Outside (1977 Mix)
14. On The Outside (1994 Mix)


1978 Misfits

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1. Misfitsonk
2. Hay Fever
3. Black Messiah
4. A Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy
5. In A Foreign Land
6. Permanent Waves
7. Live Life
8. Out Of The Wardrobe
9. Trust Your Heart
10. Get Up
11 Black Messiah (bonus)
12 Father Christmas (bonus)
13 A Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy (bonus)
14 Live Life (bonus)


1979 Low Budget

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1. Attitude
2. Catch Me Now I'm Falling
3. Pressure
4. National Health
5. (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman
6. Low Budget
7. In A Space
8. Little Bit Of Emotion
9. A Gallon Of Gas
10. Misery
11. Moving Pictures
12. A Gallon Of Gas (U.S. Single Extended Edit)
13. Catch Me Now I'm Falling (Original Extended Edit)
14. (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman (Disco Mix Extended Edit)


1980 One For The Road (Live)

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1. Opening
2. The Hard Way
3. Catch Me Now I'm Falling
4. Where Have All The Good Times Gone
5. Introduction to Lola
6. Lola
7. Pressure
8. All Day And All Of The Night
9. 20th Century Man
10. Misfits
11. Prince Of The Punks
12. Stop Your Sobbing
13. Low Budget
14. Attitude
15. (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman
16. National Health
17. Till The End Of The Day
18. Celluloid Heroes
19. You Really Got Me
20. Victoria
21. David Watts


1982 Give The People What They Want

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1. Around The Dial
2. Give The People What They Want
3. Killer's Eyes
4. Predictable
5. Add It Up
6. Destroyer
7. Yo-Yo
8. Back To Front
9. Art Lover
10. A Little Bit Of Abuse
11. Better Things


1983 State Of Confusion

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1. State Of Confusion
2. Definite Maybe
3. Labour Of Love
4. Come Dancing
5. Property
6. Don't Forget To Dance
7. Young Conservatives
8. Heart Of Gold
9. Cliches Of The World (B Movie)
10. Bernadette


1984 Word Of Mouth

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1. Do It Again
2. Word Of Mouth
3. Good Day
4. Living On A Thin Line
5. Sold Me Out
6. Massive Reductions
7. Guilty
8. Too Hot
9. Missing Persons
10. Summer's Gone
11. Going Solo
12. Good Day (Extended Edit)
13. Summer's Gone (Extended Edit)


1989 UK Jive

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1. Aggravation
2. How Do I Get Close
3. UK Jive
4. Now And Then
5. What Are We Doing
6. Entertainment
7. War Is Over
8. Down All The Days (Till 1992)
9. Loony Balloon
10. Dear Margaret
11. Bright lights
12. Perfect strangers


1993 Phobia

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1. Opening
2. Wall Of Fire
3. Drift Away
4. Still Searching
5. Phobia
6. Only A Dream
7. Don't
8. Babies
9. Over The Edge
10. Surviving
11. It's Alright (Don't Think About It)
12. The Informer
13. Hatred (A Duet)
14. Somebody Stole My Car
15. Close to The Wire
16. Scattered
17. Did Ya


1996 To The Bone

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Disc 1
1. All Day And All Of The Night
2. Apeman
3. Tired Of Waiting For You
4. See My Friends
5. Death Of A Clown
6. Muswell Hillbilly
7. Better Things
8. Don't Forget To Dance
9. Sunny Afternoon
10. Dedicated Follower Of Fashion
11. Do It Again (Ray solo)
12. Do It Again (with band)

Disc 2
1. Celluloid Heroes
2. Picture Book
3. Village Green Preservation Society
4. Do You Remember Walter?
5. Set Me Free
6. Lola
7. Come Dancing
8. I'm Not Like Everybody Else
9. Till The End Of The Day
10. Give The People What They Want
11. State Of Confusion
12. Dead End Street
13. A Gallon Of Gas
14. Days
15. You Really Got Me
16. Animal
17. To The Bone


1997 The Great Lost Kinks Album (Bootleg)

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1. Intro - Ballad Of The Virgin Soldier
2. I'm A Hog For You Baby
3. I Believed You
4. Revenge
5. Got Love If You Want It
6. Don't Ever Let Me Go
7. This I Know
8. A Little Bit Of Sunlight
9. Tell Me Now So I'll Know
10. There's A New World Just Opening For Me
11. All Night Stand
12. Time Will Tell
13. Spotty Grotty Anna
14. And I Will Love You
15. She's Got Everything
16. Dedicated Follower Of Fashion
17. Mr. Reporter
18. Sand On My Shoes
19. Lavender Hill
20. Rosemary Rose
21. Misty Water
22. Mr. Songbird
23. Did You See His Name?
24. Where Did My Spring Go?
25. When I Turn Off The Living Room Light
26. Till Death Us Do Part
27. Pictures In The Sand
28. Berkeley Mews
29. Easy Come, There You Went
30. This Man He Weeps Tonight


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The Kinks - Face To Face (1966)

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1. Party Line 2:35
2. Rosy Won't You Please Come Home 2:34
3. Dandy 2:12
4. Too Much On My Mind 2:28
5. Session Man 2:14
6. Rainy Day In June 3:10
7. House In The Country 3:03
8. Holiday In Waikiki 2:52
9. Most Exclusive Residence For Sale 2:48
10. Fancy 2:30
11. Little Miss Queen Of Darkness 3:16
12. You're Looking Fine 2:46
13. Sunny Afternoon 3:36
14. I'll Remember 2:27

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Artist: The Kinks
Album: Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround Part One
Bitrate: 224kbps avg
Quality: EAC Secure Mode / LAME 3.98.4 / -V0 / 44.100Khz
Label: Sanctuary
Genre: Rock
Size: 218.56 megs
PlayTime: 2h 07min 52sec total
Rip Date: 2014-11-05
Store Date: 2014-00-00

Track List:

Disc #1/2
01. The Contenders 2:43
02. Strangers 3:18
03. Denmark Street 2:01
04. Get Back in Line 3:03
05. Lola 4:02
06. Top of the Pops 3:42
07. The Moneygoround 1:49
08. This Time Tomorrow 3:24
09. A Long Way from Home 2:26
10. Rats 2:41
11. Apeman 3:53
12. Powerman 4:16
13. Got to Be Free 3:04
14. Anytime 3:32
15. The Contenders (Instrumental 3:00
16. The Good Life 3:16
17. Lola (Alternate Version) 5:27
18. This Time Tomorrow 3:18
19. Apeman (Alternate Stereo 3:42
20. ot to Be Free (Alternate 2:02

Track List: Disc #2/2
01. God’s Children 3:19
02. Lola (Instrumental) 4:46
03. The Way Love Used to Be 2:15
04. Completely 3:41
05. Running Round Town 1:06
06. Moments 3:03
07. Animals in the Zoo 2:22
08. Just Friends 2:37
09. Whip Lady 1:22
10. Dreams 3:45
11. Helga 1:56
12. Willesden Green 2:27
13. God’s Children (End) 0:34
14. Dreams (Remix) 3:23
15. Lola (Mono Single) 4:05
16. Apeman (Mono Single) 3:52
17. Rats (Mono Single) 2:41
18. Powerman (Mono) 4:25
19. The Moneygoround (Mono 1:41
Alternate Version)
20. Apeman (Alternate Mono Version) 3:40
21. God’s Children (Mono Film Mix) 3:17
22. The Way Love Used to Be (Mono 2:07
Film Mix)
23. God’s Children (End) (Mono Film 0:49

Release Notes:
This 2-CD reissue expanded edition comes with Mono and Stereo mixes as well as
unreleased material and alternative versions, all re-mastered from original
tapes by Kinks archivist Andrew Sandoval. The booklet contains rare and
unreleased images from the era plus new extensive liner notes. Disc 2 features
the 1971 soundtrack album Percy which is also packed with fantastic bonus
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Label.........................: RCA Records / Legacy Recordings
Genre.........................: Rock
StoreDate.....................: Oct-14-2014
Source........................: CDDA
Grabber.......................: Exact Audio Copy (Secure Mode)
Encoding Scheme...............: Lame 3.98.4 V0 VBR Joint-Stereo
Size..........................: 274.20 MB
Total Playing Time............: 158:55


Disc #1/2
01. You Really Got Me 2:13
02. Stop Your Sobbing 2:05
03. All Day And All Of The Night 2:21
04. Tired Of Waiting For You 2:30
05. Nothin' In This World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'bout That Girl 2:43
06. Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy 2:15
07. A Well Respected Man 2:41
08. Dedicated Follower Of Fashion 3:00
09. Who'll Be The Next In Line 2:01
10. Set Me Free 2:11
11. See My Friends 2:44
12. Sunny Afternoon 3:35
13. Dead End Street 3:21
14. Death Of A Clown 3:12
15. Autumn Almanac 3:12
16. David Watts 2:37
17. Waterloo Sunset 3:17
18. Days 2:52
19. The Village Green Preservation Society 2:47
20. Do You Remember Walter? 2:24
21. Picture Book 2:35
22. Victoria 3:38
23. Apeman 3:51
24. Strangers 3:18
25. 20th Century Man 4:01
26. Supersonic Rocket Ship 3:30
27. Celluloid Heroes (US Single Version) 4:45

Disc #2/2
01. Here Comes Another Day 3:54
02. You Don't Know My Name 2:34
03. Till The End Of The Day (Live, 1972) 2:00
04. One Of The Survivors 4:03
05. Sweet Lady Genevieve 3:27
06. Everybody's A Star (Starmaker) 2:59
07. Life On The Road 5:01
08. Sleepwalker 4:04
09. Life Goes On 5:01
10. A Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy (Single Version) 4:01
11. Father Christmas 3:41
12. (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman 3:36
13. Lola (Live, 1979) 4:45
14. Where Have All The Good Times Gone (Live, 1979) 2:17
15. Better Things (Single Version) 2:59
16. Destroyer 3:47
17. Come Dancing 3:55
18. Don't Forget To Dance 4:39
19. Do It Again 4:09
20. Living On A Thin Line 4:14
21. Scattered 4:10
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Jim Rodford, Kinks and Argent Bassist, Dead at 76

Jim Rodford, a founding member of Argent and bassist for the Kinks and the Zombies, died Saturday at the age of 76.

Rodford's cousin and longtime band mate Rod Argent confirmed Rodford's death on the Zombies' Facebook page, with Argent adding that Rodford died Saturday following "a fall on the stairs."

"Jim was not only a magnificent bass player, but also from the first inextricably bound to the story of The Zombies. An enormous enabler for us," Argent wrote in his long tribute to Rodford. "To the end, Jim's life was dedicated to music. He was unfailingly committed to local music - an ever present member of the local scene in St.Albans, where he had spent his whole life."

The Kinks, who recruited Rodford following bassist John Dalton's permanent exit from the band in 1978, also paid tribute to Rodford on Twitter. "It is with deep sadness that we have learned that Jim Rodford passed away - he toured and recorded with the Kinks for many years and will be greatly missed. He was much loved by all of us," the band wrote.

Rodford spent 18 years as the Kinks' bassist, performing on every album from 1979's Low Budget to 1993's Phobia, the band's final LP before their breakup three years later.

As Argent wrote in his tribute to his cousin, Rodford was the first musician Argent attempted to add to his then-fledgling Zombies, but the bassist ultimately turned down the job since he was already a member of the popular British band the Bluetones. However, Rodford was instrumental in the development of the Zombies, lending the group the Bluetones' equipment, orchestrating the Zombies' early shows and "passing judgment" on their breakout 1964 single "She's Not There," penned by Argent.

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The Kinks – The Collection (1987)
FLAC, Image
538,75 MB
01. Things Are Getting Better
02. Apeman
03. Dedicated Follower of Fashion
04. Autumn Almanac
05. Lola
06. All Day and All of the Night
07. You really Got Me
08. Set Me Free
09. Dancing in the Street
10. Bald Headed Woman
11. Long Tall Sally
12. Cadillac
13. Louie Louie
14. Creepin’ Jean
15. Wonderboy
16. Act Nice & Gentle
17. Sittin’ on my Sofa
18. Too Much Monkey Business
19. Beautifal Delilah
20. Tin Soldier Man
21. Victoria
22. Death of a Clown
23. Wicked Anabella
24. Village Green

The Kinks – The Collection (1987) (MP3, CBR 320 kbps):


Ray Davies Says the Kinks Are Reuniting

In a new interview with Channel 4 News, Ray Davies announced that the Kinks are reuniting. After receiving a phone call from drummer Mick Avory during the conversation, Davies says that the band are “making a new album, inspired by the Rolling Stones.” “We’re talking about it because I got all these songs that I wrote for them,” he says. “I think it’s kind of an appropriate time to do it.” When the interviewer asks to confirm that the group is reuniting, Davies responds: “Officially we are, yes... In the pub later on.”

Davies goes on to discuss the historically contentious relationship between bandmates Mick Avory and his brother Dave Davies, who he says will both be involved with the reunion. He adds, “I’ve got some great Kinks tunes in my head.”


Но чет он такой трупак, что я даже хз, насколько это будет интересно
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The Kinks – The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (3 CD) (Deluxe Edition) (2018)
CBR 320 kbps
386,1 MB
01. The Village Green Preservation Society (Stereo Mix)
02. Do You Remember Walter? (Stereo Mix)
03. Picture Book (Stereo Mix)
04. Johnny Thunder (Stereo Mix)
05. Last of the Steam-Powered Trains (Stereo Mix)
06. Big Sky (Stereo Mix)
07. Sitting By the Riverside (Stereo Mix)
08. Animal Farm (Stereo Mix)
09. Village Green (Stereo Mix)
10. Starstruck (Stereo Mix)
11. Phenomenal Cat (Stereo Mix)
12. All of My Friends Were There (Stereo Mix)
13. Wicked Annabella (Stereo Mix)
14. Monica (Stereo Mix)
15. People Take Pictures of Each Other (Stereo Mix)
16. Mr. Songbird (Stereo Mix)
17. Days (Stereo Mix)
18. Do You Remember Walter? (Stereo Mix) [12-track VGPS version]
19. People Take Pictures of Each Other (Stereo Mix) [12-track VGPS Version]

01. The Village Green Preservation Society (Mono Mix)
02. Do You Remember Walter? (Mono Mix)
03. Picture Book (Mono Mix)
04. Johnny Thunder (Mono Mix)
05. Last of the Steam-Powered Trains (Mono Mix)
06. Big Sky (Mono Mix)
07. Sitting By the Riverside (Mono Mix)
08. Animal Farm (Mono Mix)
09. Village Green (Mono Mix)
10. Starstruck (Mono Mix)
11. Phenomenal Cat (Mono Mix)
12. All of My Friends Were There (Mono Mix)
13. Wicked Annabella (Mono Mix)
14. Monica (Mono Mix)
15. People Take Pictures of Each Other
16. Days (Mono Mix)
17. Mr. Songbird (Mono Mix)
18. Polly
19. Wonderboy (Mono Mix)
20. Berkeley Mews (Mono Mix)
21. Village Green (Mono Mix) [No Strings Version]

01. Village Green (Stereo Mix) [Orchestra Overdub]
02. Misty Water (Stereo Mix)
03. Berkeley Mews (Stereo Mix)
04. Easy Come, There You Went (Stereo Mix)
05. Polly (Stereo Mix)
06. Animal Farm (Alternate Stereo Mix)
07. Phenomenal Cat (Mono Instrumental Version)
08. Johnny Thunder (Stereo Remix)
09. Did You See His Name (Mono Alternate Version)
10. Mick Avory’s Underpants (Mono Mix)
11. Lavender Hill (Mono Mix)
12. Rosemary Rose (Mono Mix)
13. Wonderboy
14. Spotty Grotty Anna (Stereo Mix)
15. Where Did My Spring Go (Mono Mix)
16. Groovy Movies
17. Creeping Jean (Stereo Mix)
18. King Kong (Mono Mix)
19. Misty Water (Mono Mix)
20. Do You Remember Walter? (Live At the BBC)
21. Animal Farm (Live At the BBC)
22. Days (Live at the BBC – Edit)

The Kinks’ ‘Village Green’ LP at 50: ‘That’s the Story of Our Lives’

These days, when Ray Davies listens to his band’s masterstroke, 1968’s The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, it’s with “a bit of misery.” The frustration he was feeling at age 23, when he wrote it, is still fresh: The Kinks were banned from playing in the U.S. following a dustup with the musicians’ union in 1966, forcing him to “withdraw” into Englishness until 1969. But on the other hand, he also takes pride in the quaint stories and complex arrangements he wrote for each of the LP’s 15 songs and how much the band had grown in the four short years since they released “You Really Got Me.”

Review: ‘The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society’ (Super Deluxe Edition)

The Kinks’ quaint, baroque commercial bomb gets its due in a comprehensive box set that features every single track the band could dig up from the period: the album in stereo and mono (go with the mono), non-LP singles, outtakes, demos, BBC recordings, vintage interviews. The album was Ray Davies’ spry, personal love letter to postwar Britain at a time when old shops were being bulldozed in favor of ugly new buildings and people were switching from wooden kegs to metal ones for their draught beer. Songs like the existentially angsty “Animal Farm,” the wistful “Do You Remember Walter?” and the quirky “People Take Pictures of Each Other” are among the best Davies ever wrote. Although a lot of this material has come out over the years in various forms, the remastering sounds crisp and it’s great to have the album’s songs next to singles like “Days” and “Wonderboy,” as well as the upbeat radio recordings the band made. The physical box set adds all sorts of goodies, including a book with a tribute from the Who’s Pete Townshend in it. It’s an act of preservation worthy of the Kinks.

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The Kinks’ Village Green Goes Gold After 50 Years

Fifty years after its release, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society has gone gold, ITV reports. Ray Davies was awarded the gold disc for the record’s 100,000th sale earlier this week. (Gold records mark 500,000 sales in the U.S.) The album was intended to “celebrate the small things in life” after the group was banned from America, Davis tells ITV. He adds that he’s in the process of turning the album into a stage show.

A box set of the record came out last month, featuring demos, alternate versions, live takes, TV performances, and more. Watch a lyric video for “Time Song” below.

Ray and Dave Davies Recording New Kinks Songs for Possible Album

The Kinks have been teasing fans about a reunion that never seems to materialize for the greater part of the past decade, but it’s now finally happening. In a 2018 interview with Channel 4 News in England, Ray Davies said he was recording a “new Kinks record” with his brother Dave Davies and original Kinks drummer Mick Avory. “The trouble is, the two remaining members, my brother Dave and Mick, never got along very well,” Ray said. “But I’ve made that work in the studio and it’s fired me up to make them play harder, and with fire.”

“This has really been going on for a couple of years,” Dave Davies told Rolling Stone via phone on Tuesday. “We keep going backwards and listening to a lot of old stuff. Some of that is very good, and some of it needs a bit of work.”

Much of their time was devoted to finding tracks for a 50th anniversary of their landmark concept record Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire), which Dave says will come out in October. “That’s virtually done,” he says. “It’s a really, really interesting package that’s going to have other songs from that time period like [my solo song] ‘Hold My Hand.’”

The process of going through the archives has led them to numerous songs from their long history that remain unreleased. “Some we recorded but never used,” says Dave. “Others don’t have finished vocals or they need other embellishments.”

The group has been recording some new compositions by Ray along with finishing off some of these older songs and re-recording them. Avory drums on some of the tracks, while his replacement Bob Henrit, who played with the group from 1984 to 1996, appears on others. They have yet to figure out who will play bass once they formally record them. (Original Kinks bassist Pete Quaife died in 2010. Jim Rodford, who played bass with the group from 1978 to their breakup in 1996, died last year.) “The songs are really just in demo form now,” says Dave. “But good demos. Ray is still dissecting various other material we might use. The intention is to get the work out, but it’s not a done deal.”

The Kinks Announce Massive Arthur 50th Anniversary Box Set

The Kinks are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their 1969 album Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) with a massive new box set. It’s out October 25 (via BMG). The deluxe set includes new mono and stereo mixes of Arthur, a handful of bonus tracks, demo, and rehearsal recordings, and the long-lost solo album from guitarist Dave Davies that he made amid the studio sessions for Arthur. It also includes a book with essays, interviews, and images.

Below, check out the previously unheard “Doo-Wop Version” of “The Future.” Learn more about the Arthur box set at the Kinks’ website.


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