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The Kink Kronikles Best of
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Still and forever the Kinks greatest hits package to have, 'cause along with the obvious hits ( Sunny Afternoon; Lola ) it collects great songs from the band's classic middle period: Death of a Clown; Victoria; This Is Where I Belong; Waterloo Sunset; David Watts; Shangri-La; Apeman; Days; Wonderboy , and more, 28 in all!
This compilation from one of the most influential bands in rock history is, like Neil Young's Decade, one of those rare summation packages that stands on its own in the discography. Released at a time in the early '70s when the Kinks, led by songwriter/vocalist Ray Davies and his guitarist brother Dave, were attempting to reestablish themselves with America after being banned for years, The Kink Kronikles still makes a strong case for the band's high place in the Rock Hierarchy. Assembled by longtime Kronicler John Mendelssohn, this isn't exactly a hits package, although you'll find mid-period staples like "Lola"; it's a shoulda-been-hits package. With essential B-sides ("Big Black Smoke"--the best in a long line of portraits of a tired Britain), album tracks (lots from Arthur, the band's cult 1969 rock opera), and ageless singles ("Dead End Street," "Waterloo Sunset"), this makes for an unusually dense and highly concentrated set of period must-owns. --Don Harrison
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Aside from "Lola", great songs include "Victoria", "Village Green Preservation Society", "Get Back in Line", "She's Got Everything", "Polly", "Fancy", and "Apeman". I do agree with other reviewers that the inclusion of "Celluloid Heroes" would have really hit the spot, but I suppose you can't have everything. Also, the lyrics can be a tad inexplicable for audiences outside the UK as they contain a great deal of slang and British expressions that mean nothing this side of the Atlantic. Still, missing a quip here and there does nothing to diminish my enjoyment of this music.
Again, as others have noted, the lack of a 5th star is due entirely to the sound quality of the recording, not at all to the quality of the music itself. It's rare in 2003 to see such a classic collection in such dire need of remastering, but remastering is essential in order to do full justice to this set of recordings. Until then though, this 2 disc set is a great way to enjoy an often unnoticed and misunderstood group of gifted musicians.
Before I go into this, I will admit KK cover a period just after the band's initial singles and it misses many of the best of the Kinks early and best songs, notably: Dedicated Follower of Fashion, Set Me Free, A Well Respected Man, You Really Got Me [and its upside down cousin All Day and All of the Night] and Tired of Waiting.
HOWEVER, KK does cover a periood from oh 1966/67 to about 1972, just following the explosion of "I know what I am and what I am is a man and so is Lola." And fitted very nicely in here are some of the best, most underappreciated songs that will ever grace your ears. Kicking off with Victoria [recently covered by Cracker] and the ever so British The Villiage Green Preservation Society down to the sweet Waterloo Sunset and Days, the shouters Dead End Street and Autumn Almanac, the truly briiliant Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon, Dave's underappreciated Death of a Clown, Berkely Mews, AND the run of Wonderboy, Apeman, King Kong and Mr Pleasant, PLUS the snearing She's got Everything... what a fine fine collection to lay on yourself.
To be fair, there are some misses in there, like Holiday in Waikiki and Wilesden Green and God's Children... and Arthur is missing...but the joys far far outweigh any clunkers, it's not even funny.
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Even though i have not yet perchused this collection i have heard many of the songs. I am sure any Kinks fan will tell you that this great band was and still is under rated. Read morePublished on April 21 2004 by Daniel Gutierrez
When the British invasion of the sixties come to mind, two major bands stand out in people's minds - the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2004 by Rocker_Man
Essential listening for anyone who loves the immense variety of best music from the sixties. Contains some of Ray Davies' best song writing and many of the Kinks' best songs. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2004
This CD set is an excellent compilation of The Kink's hit singles and standout tracks. Mendelson does a great job picking
the gems from The Kink's outstanding body of work,... Read more
Most people recall the Kinks from the mid-1960s when they were one of the lesser lights of the initial British invasion, releasing smoking singles like "You Really Got... Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2002 by Brian D. Rubendall
No complaints about the music, but the sound quality is all over the place. It is a shame that despite Ray Davies' perceptive, humourous lyrics and genuine narrative genius, The... Read morePublished on June 22 2002
Why must you own this 2 CD set? It is simply the best collection of Kinks material in their prime issued to date (why the Kinks have not received box set treatment yet is... Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2001 by Psych Music Lover
One of the very best British-invasion bands--and one of the most British--the Kinks never got the US recognition they deserved. Read morePublished on June 2 2001 by David Bradley
Most people are probably most familiar with The Kinks circa either 1965 ("You Really Got Me," "All Day and All of the Night") or 1983 ("Come Dancing,"... Read morePublished on Dec 22 2000 by Brian D. Rubendall
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