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To The Bone: Greatest Hits


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  • Audio CD (Oct. 1 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002U40
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,027 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
See all 17 tracks on this disc

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Format: Audio CD
This was the first version of "To The Bone" - the import one. Could have been called 'Kinks Klassiks Akoustic'. Every song is well executed by the 90's band in an intimate studio setting. While most of this was included on the American double release of the same name, there is one glaring and inexcusable omission - the unplugged update of "Waterloo Sunset" that is included here. This is a new, achingly beautiful version of an already exquisite and essential Kinks song. I wasn't a fan of the live stadium versions on the American release. 'You Really Got Me' was too fast, 'Sunny Afternoon' too sparse, etc. If you can find this ultra rare disc, you can create your own "To The Bone" by taking this and adding the fabulous in-studio updates of Village Green Preservation Society, Do You Remember Walter, etc. from the double set. Then you really have the 'Ultimate To The Bone'!
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By A Customer on Jan. 8 2004
Format: Audio CD
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.
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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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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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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 have dreamed of in 1964 -- I had to add my reaction. I loved the Kinks in the 60s. Now in the 21st Century, one can play the old and new versions of their theme song one after the other -- Loud. This combo makes the CD worth far more than its price, worthy of all the stars. Truly, the Kinks are not like everybody else.
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By A Customer on Nov. 27 2002
Format: Audio CD
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. If there is a recording that catches the essence of the Kinks, this is it. Highly recommended.
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