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Come Dancing with the Kinks: The Best of The Kinks, 1977-1986 Best of, Hybrid SACD, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (March 8 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of, Hybrid SACD, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Velvel Records
  • ASIN: B0007KTB8A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,074 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Come Dancing
2. Low Budget
3. Catch Me Now I'm Falling
4. A Gallon Of Gas
5. (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman (Disco Edit)
6. Sleepwalker
7. Full Moon
8. Misfits
9. A Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy
10. Do It Again
11. Better Things
12. Lola (Live)
13. You Really Got Me (Live)
14. Good Day
15. Living On A Thin Line
16. Destroyer
17. Don't Forget To Dance
18. Father Christmas

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The Kinks reached their peak of success with 1983's Come Dancing , one of many hits they had during their '70s/'80s Arista years. This anthology of that era has been remastered as a Hybrid SACD, so these have never sounded so good: Come Dancing; Sleepwalker; A Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy; Don't Forget to Dance; Do It Again; (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman (disco edit); Lola (live), and more!

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After Ray Davies exorcised his theatrical demons on the Preservation, Soap Opera, and contract-closing Schoolboys in Disgrace albums, the Kinks left RCA for Arista and what would be their most successful string of stateside albums. Under Clive Davis's direction, Ray returned to writing tighter pop songs, while brother Dave rediscovered the joy of simple power chords. This compilation of tracks from the band's Arista years gathers some of the decade's most contagious works, including "Catch Me Now I'm Falling," "Sleepwalker," "Superman," "Destroyer," Dave's "Living on a Thin Line," and the title track, whose roller-rink organ and music-hall nostalgia made the Kinks MTV heroes. Sure, "A Gallon of Gas" and the tub-thumping "Low Budget" slip into novelty terrain, but they're offset by a selection of revved-up live tracks ("Lola," "You Really Got Me"), wistful masterpieces ("A Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy," "Misfits," "Don't Forget to Dance," "Good Day"), and the best working-class Xmas anthem ever ("Father Christmas"). All in all, a fine sampling of the Kinks' second coming. --Bill Forman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25 2001
Format: Audio CD
This reissue has good packaging and excellent remastering. I like the addition of "A GALLON OF GAS" and "MISFITS", but who's dumb idea was it to leave off "JUKE BOX MUSIC?" This release proclaims "..The Best Of - 1977-1986." Maybe it's just me, but I think that "Juke Box Music" is a stand-out track from that era. I imagine that this ridiculous exclusion has something to do with the fact that RAY DAVIES selected the tracks. Most artists feel that certain songs they consider to be important tracks, have been overlooked and under appreciated. Hence, "Juke Box Music" being a radio friendly track, might have the old "overexposure" curse, in the artists opinion.
Whatever the case, there's no excuse for leaving it out. This kind of omission can greatly disappoint an unsuspecting buyer who expects this to simply be, a nicely remastered version of the original, with no changes.
All I would ask is , if they're going to EXCLUDE tracks that WERE INCLUDED on the original release, just change the title to something like "MOST OF THE BEST.." or "THE PERSONAL FAVORITES OF RAY DAVIES."
All this being said, "Come Dancing: The Best Of- 1977-1986" is STILL a good collection that DOES include most of the great tracks from this era. Hearing great tracks like "LOW BUDGET", "SLEEPWALKER", "A ROCK 'n' ROLL FANTASY", "CATCH ME NOW I"M FALLING", "DO IT AGAIN", "DESTROYER" and "FATHER CHRISTMAS" in glorious 20-bit remastered fashion is a JOY! I just wish that for the 'casual' KINKS fan, "JUKE BOX MUSIC" was here too.
I recommend this KINKS collection, as long as you purchase the "SLEEPWALKER" album with it; so that you can enjoy the rollicking "JUKE BOX MUSIC."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas W. Pinti on June 1 2001
Format: Audio CD
This was a great compilation unfortunately lessened by the song selection. The former version had Juke Box Music and MOST ESPECIALLY, the live version of Celluloid Heroes.(I still can't belive that was deleted.) It was done so because there would ultimately be no reason to buy the Top of the Pops disc, making it the way to own that song. If they were going to change the music that much, they should have left the track listing as it was and added "Hatred" at the end and called it '77 to '93. All they had to do was ask, it could have been the perfect greatest hits collection for their Arista years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Kenner on Sept. 4 2001
Format: Audio CD
The remastering is superb and the new liner notes are great but, man, I hate that they took off "Celluloid Heroes"! I don't miss any of the other deletions but that one hurts. Why didn't they take off "You Really Got Me" instead? Every Kinks fan already has the essential studio version of that track but the live version of "Heroes" is something special. I guess this is the record company's way to get me to buy "One More For The Road" and I guess now, I'll have to. So who says they don't know what they're doing?
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I love Ray Davies.
I know Dave Davies has always been the critic's darling--all that talk about Dave being the godfather of punk guitar isn't so far off the mark--but Ray Davies has the best heart in Rock & Roll.
But all that matters not a nit to much of the American public, who always left the Kinks sitting in second place behind the troika of Stones, Beatles and Who--maybe even behind Led Zeppelin and the over-ranked Animals--when it comes to discussions of British Rock. That's a shame, because the Kinks songwriting is as good or better than all of the above sans Beatles; Ray Davies lyrics are, at times, Dickensian.
COME DANCING WITH THE KINKS mines the Kinks most successful commercial period (In the USA, at least) from '77 to '86. The band seemed to be more intent on conquering the USA than they had been in the mid/late 1960s, and their problems with American unions, which had given the Kinks a lot of trouble a decade earlier, seemed to ease. They became known as a touring band in the States, a reputation which crumbled after a very well publicized onstage battle between the Davies brothers right here in Washington DC.
Though there is one minor bow to the then-omnipresent Disco--"Wish I Could Fly Like Superman," COME DANCING WITH THE KINKS is mostly full of nostalgia for the old ballrooms, desperate pleas for the band to stay together, and Rays infatuation with psychological oddities. Included are some of my favorite Kinks tunes, including "Do It Again," "Destroyer," "Come Dancing," "Don't Forget to Dance," and my All Time Favorite Kinks Record, "Sleepwalker." There's never been a better melding of Rays lyrics, Daves guitar, a great Ray vocal, and hot Kinks backing vocals.
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You know, I could cry and complain about my personal favorite album tracks that didn't make this, but I won't, as this CD is The Kinks' greatest hits-stuff that was played on the radio. I can't complain since that is the case. I enjoy all of these songs a great deal. Each track is almost like a different genre. I'm not gonna run through every single song (oh, 1000 word limit? never mind!) "Come Dancing," "Good Day," and "Better Things" showed listeners that yes, they could be listener friendly. "Don't Forget To Dance", "Misfits," "Full Moon," and "A Rock and Roll Fantasy" gave us proof that Ray, while aging somewhat, can still summon a lump in the throat. Then of course there's the rocking numbers (live and studio) that removed all doubt that The Kinks, while not exactly chart-toppers, weren't going to suck as they got older (as opposed to The Stones, Zappa, even The Who...) and would still be rocking into their forties (and beyond...) with little or no effort. All in all I'd say pick up first- sample their later stuff. If you already have the albums don't get it...unless you're a basketcase like me who HAD to have it. Anyway- Kinks novices, fear not! This is the Rosetta Stone of what I call their Radio Years! Rock on!
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