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Greatest Hits:1970-86 (2CD/DVD) [Best of, Deluxe Edition]

The Kinks Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. 20th Century Man
2. Complicated Life
3. Muswell Hillbilly
4. Alcohol
5. Celluloid Heroes
6. Here Comes Yet Another Day
7. Sweet Lady Genevieve
8. One Of the Survivors
9. Sitting In the Midday Sun
10. He's Evil
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Disc: 2
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
6. Sleepwalker
7. Full Moon
8. Misfits
9. A Rock'n'Roll Fantasy
10. Do It Again
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Two "best-of" albums ( Come Dancing and Celluloid Heroes ) plus the DVD concert film One for the Road featuring 1980 live versions of hits from all across the Kinks' career! The CDs include their Arista hits A Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy; Sleepwalker; (I Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman; Lola (live); Destroyer; Better Things; Come Dancing; Don't Forget to Dance , and Do It Again, plus RCA cuts 20th Century Man; Muswell Hillbilly; Artificial Man 36 tracks plus the DVD.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good best of, great price Sept. 19 2012
By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is the Kinks from their arena days which is not a bad thing. You get two best of's. One from their RCA years and one from their Arista years. If you grew up in the late 70's or the 80's this is stuff you heard on the radio. Songs like "Come Dancing", "Destroyer" and " (I Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman" are here. Plus a couple of live version of songs from their early days. The mastering is good and where as there are a couple of songs I would have included that are not here the song selection is pretty good. Since their is no real career covering box set or best of for the Kinks if you pick this up and say the singles collection that covers their 60's output you will have pretty well all the hits.
The cool thing here is you get the full concert DVD that they put out in the early 80's. It looks dated but Ray is giving it his all. You even get a 5.1 mix. Over all this is a great package. You can't beat the price and as I mentioned the mastering is excellent. Plus the Kimks are an essential band for anyone who is serious about exploring the world of rock music should really check them out!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very good value but previously released material June 4 2008
By Johnnie Neptune TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
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!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Collection to get for the Kink's 1970's to mid 80's hits Jan. 2 2012
By J. Bynum - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Kinks / Greatest Hits 1970 - 1986 (2 CD's and 1 DVD): This is not a new compilation of the kinks but a repackaging of two previously released hits CDs plus a previously released concert DVD. The First repackaged hits CD included here is the "Celluloid Heroes - The Kink's Greatest" which covered the early to mid 1970's hits. The second previously released CD included here is the "Come Dancing With The Kinks - The Best of The Kinks 1977-1986" CD. These two older hits CDs covered the years so well that it is perfectly understandable that they would simply put these together rather than make a new track list that would have included all this anyway. The previous released DVD that is included here is the fine "One For The Road" concert movie. Overall, this set covers all their great songs of that period and is extremely enjoyable. This set gets Five Stars.

As good as this set is, it does not cover the great early period of The Kinks and I suggest getting the "The Kinks: The Ultimate Collection" CD set which covers those early hits most admirably. Enjoy.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exception Value May 19 2008
By Wolfe Seacoast - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This picks up the Kinks greatest hits very nicely
If you combine this set with the Ultimate Collection you wil have a very very nice Kinks collection.
The DVD has been OOP for a while, so its inclusion here makes a good bonus.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been good... Feb. 25 2012
By Derek Siebert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Supposedly this set paired 2 previously-existing Greatest Hits from different eras, and added a DVD. Fine...but they messed with both Greatest Hits sets, and not in good ways. The worst offense was removing Juke Box Music from the 2nd CD. Did we really need all six minutes of (Wish I could fly like) Superman that badly?

Instead of a DVD, why not add a 3rd CD to cover the songs omitted, and maybe add some post-86 numbers like "Hatred (A duet)" ?

There really isn't a good comprehensive Kinks collection out there, it seems. This isn't quite it, even for the 70s-80s.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immortal Kinks June 30 2011
By Parker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Rarely does anyone buy a greatest hits double-album collection for the recent tunes as much as the older classics, but the Kinks satisfy on both entries. Everyone said Ray Davies' vanguard band of the British Invasion of the late 60s lost its edge after he married/procreated with Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde, and while that may be true in terms of his mega-hits volume I think he's simply morphed into new and trendy musical incarnations. The same singalong crowd-pleasing ebullience we heard in Lola from 1970 is there in the later tunes, like the disco hit Superman with comment on languid, post-Imperial UK, and in the ska tune Come Dancing. Like the latter, we hear his nostalgic yearning for halcyon days as expected in post-age-50 rockers in Living On A Thin Line, echoing the signature choral backing of the Davies brothers some 30+ years later. Not to be missed is the stellar musicianship, can the Davies brothers play guitars or what? Plus the sardonic Brit cynicism in their lyrics, another characteristic we've come to expect from them, no wonder they were the equals of such UK songwriting teams from A-List bands as Lennon-McCartney and Jagger-Jones-Richards!

Joel Parker
21 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Deceptive April 13 2008
By T. Zeeh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Watch out: if you want the complete 1977 or so version of Kinks Greatest Celluloid Heroes, this isn't it. The original cover art shown on this CD is deceptive.I thought I was getting the complete KGCHeroes, but this version is missing four songs from the LP, two of which, Holiday and Sitting in My Hotel, are winners. I had a heck of time returning this to Barnes and Noble -- really put up a stink with manager -- but got my money back. I'll continue to play my LP now. Buyer beware: check out CD and track listings before you buy. You shouldn't have to when the CD shows original cover from 70s LP. But ...
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