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To The Bone: Greatest Hits

Kinks Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. All Day And All Of The Night
2. Apeman
3. Tired Of Waiting
4. See My Friends
5. Death Of A Clown
6. Muswell Hillbillies
7. Better Things
8. Don't Forget To Dance
9. Sunny Afternoon
10. Dedicated Follower Of Fashion
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Celluloid Hereos
2. Picture Book
3. Village Green Preservation Society
4. Do You Remember Walter
5. Set Me Free
6. Lola
7. Come Dancing
8. I'm Not Like Everyone Else
9. Till The End Of The Day
10. Give The People What They Want
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This two-disc set is a live retrospective featuring 26 mostly (though not entirely) acoustic renditions of Kinks classics and obscurities, and possesses a poignancy and generosity of spirit that raises it several notches above standard Unplugged-style fare. The band's gracefully low-key reinterpretations of relative obscurities like "Picture Book," "Days," "Do You Remember Walter," and "Death of A Clown" are enough to blow a decade and a half's worth of arena-rock dust off the band's reputation. The group's updating of their early punk anthem "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" carries new levels of resonance that the band could scarcely have dreamed of in 1964. The two new studio recordings are a bit slight, but they sport an unfussed sweetness that's hard to argue with. --Scott Schinder

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4.0 out of 5 stars A slightly flawed classic April 24 2003
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Conventional wisdom - as well as common sense - tells us that the four heavy hitters from 60s England were the Beatles, the Stones, the Who and this band. Unfortunately for Ray Davies, (pronounced "Davis," by the way) the creative force of the group, that which expressed his genius and made him great was a quality which didn't appeal to the masses as did the genius of Lennon/McCartney, Jagger/Richards and Pete Townsend. This by no means implies that Ray was a lesser talent. The fact is, Mr. Davies was and still is at his best as a storyteller. His wit is unparalleled in rock ("Just when I wanted no one to be there, All of my friends were there, Not just my friends, but there best friends, too...") and his portraits and observations are biting without being self-servingly bitter, wry, yet very accessible and above all, brimming with empathy and pathos. He has consistently carried the torch for the unsung common man and has often displayed a sensibility more akin to a novelist than a pop songsmith. The fact that brother Dave was THE originater of the power chord - born fully formed in "You Really Got Me" - from which came all heavy metal and all forms of hard rock make him a legend, too. His distorted tone, chronicled so charmingly well on Ray's 1998 solo CD, The Storyteller, has remained a staple and defining element in the Kinks sound. I have always thought, however, that Ray Davies's best material was the smaller stuff - the material on Village Green Preservation Society, for example, which is represented by a wonderful three song set on the second disc. I'm talking about songs like "Days" - a gorgeous version of which appears with heartfelt Rickenbacker 12-string at the end of disc 2 - and even the much later "Don't Forget to Dance, which show the depth of his empathy, only reachable in midlife. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Realizations of Kinks Klassics...Marvelous! March 31 2003
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I know I deserve severe chiding for admitting this, but being a late Kinks Konvert, To the Bone was my introduction to songs such as "Muswell Hillbillies", "Better Things", "Celluloid Heroes", "Village Green Preservation Society", et al. This fine collection; along with a revisiting of Word of Mouth, Misfits, and State of Confusion all on vinyl; served to induce a searching out of all the other original Kinks material not in my possession--at least that which is available. Still working on some of the rarer stuff. To this end, To the Bone is a great, great album!
The reworkings of old favorites in an intimate live setting at Ray Davies' Konk Studios are a delightful diversion. I especially like the calypso-like "Apeman", despite Ray's slip-up on "poli-ti-shee-ans", and "See My Friends" which sounds psycho-sensational in a modern recording.
This was also where I first heard such wonderful songs as "Do You Remember Walter" and "Days". "Don't Forget To Dance" sounds absolutely sublime--better than the original. In fact, most all the material at the kozy "Konkfest" is really fine.
Though I think a song like "Do It Again" benefits from "the studio treatment", the concert recordings also don't leave much to be desired. I'd have liked more Konk stuff instead, however. As to the new songs, both "Animal" and "To the Bone" have the qualities I like in a Ray Davies tune.
Though others may deem this album a valedictory or an epitaph, I'll bet little did Mr. Davies know what an "introduction" this fine double-album would be for some.
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A friend of mine introduced me to the Kinks via the "Muswell Hillbillies" album back when we were in highschool. Since then, I've collected most of their later records, but I've never owned any of their pre "Muswell Hillbillies" stuff. Instead of getting one of their many greatest hits comps, I thought I would try this unique project from the Kinks. This is from 1995, and it's basically their greatest hits mixed with some of their lesser known tunes that are not on any of their compilation albums. What I didn't know until I bought it is all these songs are done in a live setting, both in front of a small audience in the recording studio and in concert. What's different about this Kinks album is most of these songs are performed on acoustic guitars mixed with a few electric guitar moments. They performed this acoustic material after just coming off a world tour, so they sound on here like a very tight unit. As for the music on the first disc: After they start out with an electrified version of "All Day And All Of The Night", they go acoustic pretty much the rest of the way until the last song "Do It Again", where they start out acoustic, then go into an eerie keyboard interlude by Ian Gibbons, along with a double bass drum, mixed with a single "You Really Got Me" guitar riff by Davies. It then goes into a full-tilt electric version of the same song. You gotta hear this one, it's pretty sassy. Disc 2 starts out with one of my alltime favorite Kinks songs "Celluloid Heroes", and then acoustic versions of "Picture Book" and "Village Green Preservation Society". I love the mix of organ and acoustic guitars on this one. About halfway through this second disc the Kinks go electric and never look back. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars If You Can Find It, You Have A Kinks Krown Jewel!
This was the first version of "To The Bone" - the import one. Could have been called 'Kinks Klassiks Akoustic'. Read more
Published on June 2 2006 by Johnnie Neptune
5.0 out of 5 stars This was surprisingly good
I was pleasantly surprised by this cd. The Konk tracks are what makes this CD great, as the other live tracks, while good, have been heard before.
Published on Jan. 8 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Kinks are Not Like Everybody Else
When I saw this in the blurb -- the group's updating of their early punk anthem "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" carries new levels of resonance that the band could scarcely... Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2002 by "mlajoue"
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Finest Recordings, Ever
This recording is one of my favorites. It is very tastefully produced and there is not a single track you will not want to skip. Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars A great collection of new versions of the Kinks hits
This is essentially a collection of live and acoustic versions of classic Kinks songs, and I'm glad it is. Read more
Published on March 2 2001 by Guitar Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Kinkdom
What an amazing disc! Two discs of rare and wonderful performances of their best material. The inclusion of Do You Remember "Valter" is worth the price alone! Read more
Published on May 11 2000 by Matthew Turner
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit more trimming would have produced sharper results
To The Bone is an odd bird even by Kinks live album standards. THe song selections are pretty safe as Ray digs into his classic bag of rock tricks and dazzles us with his slight of... Read more
Published on April 14 2000 by Wayne Klein
4.0 out of 5 stars The Kinks (Mostly) Unplugged
Except for drummer Bob Henrit, who came on board in 1984, this version of the Kinks has been in place since 1979. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2000 by Steve Vrana
There are no 5 star cd's if this isn't one of them. After many listening sessions with this record, it occurred to me that this is the perfect cd for both the long-time Kinks fan... Read more
Published on Dec 4 1999 by IJEFF
5.0 out of 5 stars The best kinks record I know (and I know a lot).
I'm a kinks fan since the release of " Schoolboys In Disgrace" and I also know their work before 1976. Read more
Published on March 29 1999
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