While the accolades for Klassik Kinks recordings(64-70) accumulate by the year, this period is much more hit and miss. During this time, the Kinks went from concept album fanatics (well, Ray Davies really) to U.S. arena rocker icons acknowledged by the likes of Van Halen and the Pretenders as influential. This peaked around the time of "Low Budget" and got a last gasp with the single "Come Dancing" that got heavy play on the then blossoming MTV. Ray got to satisfy his desire to forge music with the visual, albeit on a smaller scale than either "Preservation" or "Soap Opera". What often got lost were some individual songs with flashes of the Kinks' brilliance that could stand proudly next to their early work. "Sweet Lady Genovieve", "Celluloid Heroes", "Juke Box Music", "Living On a Thin Line" (by Dave) and "Misfits" among them. Many of those are included here.
So what you have here are two previously released Greatest Hits CD's, one from the RCA years and one from the Arista years. Thrown in is the DVD of their "One for the Road" concert with some video bonuses. What helps justify this repackaging though is improved sound.
This is good for the casual listener but for those more interested in what the band was all about in this period, I would recommend: "Muswell Hillbillies", "Everybody's in Showbiz", "Schoolboys In Disgrace", "Sleepwalker", "Misfits" and "State of Confusion" to supplement the collection reviewed here. Each one of these CD's has some cohesion without the bloat of the concept period. And, the best songs from the discs I omitted are present on the compilation. And while you are at it, hunt down "Phobia" and "Did Ya" from their brief stint on Columbia. Probably the most underrated of all the Kinks releases. The song "Hatred" from "Phobia" alone makes that disc essential!