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