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Ultimate Collection Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 2 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B00005V4WI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
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Disc: 1
1. You Really Got Me
2. All Day And All Of the Night
3. Tired Of Waiting For You
4. Everybody's Gonna Be Happy
5. Set Me Free
6. See My Friend
7. Till the End Of the Day
8. Dedicated Follower Of Fashion
9. Sunny Afternoon
10. Dead End Street
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Disc: 2
1. David Watts
2. Stop Your Sobbing
3. Dandy
4. Mr. Pleasant
5. I Gotta Move
6. Who'll Be the Next In Line
7. I Need You
8. Where Have All the Good Times Gone
9. Sittin' On My Sofa
10. A Well Respected Man
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THE KINKS The Ultimate Collection - 40th Anniversary (2004 issue UK 44-track 2-CD album set - Rarely given their rightful place amongst the best of the 60s era bands this excellent collection should remind many just how great they were including You Really Got Me All Day And All Of The Night Dedicated Follower Of Fashion Sunny Afternoon Waterloo Sunset Days Victoria Lola and many more picture sleeve SANDD109)


How Ray Davies made it through is anyone's guess. He fought constantly with his brother and bandmate Dave. He received not a penny of royalties throughout the Kinks' late-1960s heyday, due to a management dispute. He endured two divorces--the first of which saw him hospitalised in a suspected suicide attempt--and a painful break-up with Chrissie Hynde. Under terrible stress, he announced his retirement every six months from 1967 onwards. Yet somehow he held together one of the 60s' most stylish outfits, and released a string of hits that rank among the wittiest, most provocative and most socially aware songs ever written.

The first disc of the two-CD The Ultimate Collection begins with their third single and first No. 1, the insistent "You Really Got Me", then races through the glory years with the absurdly infectious likes of "Sunny Afternoon", "Waterloo Sunset", "Lola" and "Apeman". Dave's two hits are included, too, and the disc ends with "Come Dancing" and other selections from The Kinks' early-80s comeback. Disc Two includes songs that were hits for others ("David Watts" and "Stop Your Sobbing"), various B-sides and other rarities, including "God's Children", from the soundtrack of Percy, a movie about a fellow seeking the original owner of his recently transplanted penis. The Ultimate Collection is an excellent addition to the Kinks's cannon. --Dominic Wills

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This is the Ultimate collection of The KINKS Music going I believe. It spans the ENTIRE CAREER of the Davies Brothers ( Ray and Dave ) There is material here that goes all the way back to when I was still living in England as a boy, such as ALL THE DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT, and YOU REALLY GOT ME. I was just beginning to really enjoy the KINKS as a band back in those days ( the mid Sixties ) and then we moved to Atlantic Canada and I lost track of them. During that time the boys managed to produce quite a bit of material before I was reintroduced to them once more in 1972 with LOLA. during that period they had managed to put together Victoria, A Dedicated Follower of Fashion, Muswell Hillbillies and all the hits that came from that, Waterloo Sunset, Sunny Afternoon, and others. All happened while I was busy doing other things BUT THEN CAME LOLA and everything changed once more and the boys once more were front and centre for me. By then I was once more back into Music but now I was collecting for Myself and this time I would be into it for life...If you want to have The Kinks music but do not want to spend a who lot of money on a lot of various discs then simply buy this discs and have a collection of all their works that is worthy of their works and it will not take up a lot of space in your collection... Spigomars
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What a great idea!!! Collect ALL the Kinks great songs in one place on one album! How fabulous is it? Well, pretty fabulous, but let's talk reality for a moment. In order to have a complete set of ALL the Kinks great songs, a minimum of six discs would be necessary, and Ultimate Collection only has two. Disappointed? Yes, but only a little. Because these two discs are chock-full of more Kinks classics than you can shake a stick at, and most of the collection centers on their most creative period, the sixties and early seventies. Trendsetters? How about "You Really Got Me," which drew the blueprint for every hard rock/heavy metal band for the next 30 years? What about "See My Friends," which was one of the first "Eastern" songs in rock, predating the Yardbirds by six months and George Harrison by three years? What about "Lola," probably the first hit ever about an encounter with a transvestite? What about " Victoria", one of the first and only hit songs written about an English monarch? Or, how about such great songs as "All Day and All Night," "Autumn Almanac," the music hall treatment of "Dead End Street," the shimmering poetry of "Waterloo Sunset," "Celluloid Heroes," the best song about Hollywood ever written? Or "Superman," and "Come Dancing," two songs which proved conclusively that the Kinks could and did change with the times? Or what about a body of work so staggering that the Kinks were one of the first British Invasion bands voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame WITHOUT a number one single? What about.......well, I could go on and on.Read more ›
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Pete Townshend said he never understood why the Big 3 bands of British rock were always listed as the Beatles, Stones, and Who. He said he always thought they were the Beatles, Stones, and Kinks. He admitted that the early Who used to blatantly rip off the early Kinks. And it's common knowledge that the opening riff of 1964's "You Really Got Me" created the template for heavy metal, which emerged about 4 - 6 years later with Blue Cheer (1968), Led Zeppelin (1969), and Black Sabbath (1970). Anyway, after ripping themselves off with their next single, 1965's "All Day & All the Night," Ray Davies evolved into a songwriter of greater depth with "A Well Respected Man," "Sunny Afternoon," "Waterloo Sunset," "Days," and "Victoria." They're all here, as well as the "Lola"/"Apeman" period tracks. A good album with most (but not all) of the best tracks from the unappreciated Kinks. Get it.
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After all this time, it is amazing the number of sublime songs that were put out by the Kinks. This is not a "greatest hits" collection, as there are a few b-side clinkers in the bunch, but even these display the splendid combination of melody and chaos that made this band so interesting. The audio quality is wonderful (yes, you can listen to the quality of the studio recordings improve over time), and it is a revelation to re-listen to songs only known through 45's decades ago. OK, I'm reliving my childhood. It's great.
The texture of both the words and music displayed by this band at its best is remarkable. And they only got better. The last recordings, songs like "Better Days," "Superman" and "Come Dancing" are superb.
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They Really Got Me with this collection. Just to get the stereo "Coca-Cola" Lola was alone worth the price of admission. All the hits are here and more "essential" Kinks items. Well worth it. Everybodys gonna be happy all the day and all of the night with this 2 CD set.
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