Come Dancing with the Kinks: The Best of The Kinks, 1977-1986 Best of, Original recording remastered, Hybrid SACD
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The Kinks reached their peak of success with 1983's Come Dancing , one of many hits they had during their '70s/'80s Arista years. This anthology of that era has been remastered as a Hybrid SACD, so these have never sounded so good: Come Dancing; Sleepwalker; A Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy; Don't Forget to Dance; Do It Again; (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman (disco edit); Lola (live), and more!
After Ray Davies exorcised his theatrical demons on the Preservation, Soap Opera, and contract-closing Schoolboys in Disgrace albums, the Kinks left RCA for Arista and what would be their most successful string of stateside albums. Under Clive Davis's direction, Ray returned to writing tighter pop songs, while brother Dave rediscovered the joy of simple power chords. This compilation of tracks from the band's Arista years gathers some of the decade's most contagious works, including "Catch Me Now I'm Falling," "Sleepwalker," "Superman," "Destroyer," Dave's "Living on a Thin Line," and the title track, whose roller-rink organ and music-hall nostalgia made the Kinks MTV heroes. Sure, "A Gallon of Gas" and the tub-thumping "Low Budget" slip into novelty terrain, but they're offset by a selection of revved-up live tracks ("Lola," "You Really Got Me"), wistful masterpieces ("A Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy," "Misfits," "Don't Forget to Dance," "Good Day"), and the best working-class Xmas anthem ever ("Father Christmas"). All in all, a fine sampling of the Kinks' second coming. --Bill Forman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I know Dave Davies has always been the critic's darling--all that talk about Dave being the godfather of punk guitar isn't so far off the mark--but Ray Davies has the best heart in Rock & Roll.
But all that matters not a nit to much of the American public, who always left the Kinks sitting in second place behind the troika of Stones, Beatles and Who--maybe even behind Led Zeppelin and the over-ranked Animals--when it comes to discussions of British Rock. That's a shame, because the Kinks songwriting is as good or better than all of the above sans Beatles; Ray Davies lyrics are, at times, Dickensian.
COME DANCING WITH THE KINKS mines the Kinks most successful commercial period (In the USA, at least) from '77 to '86. The band seemed to be more intent on conquering the USA than they had been in the mid/late 1960s, and their problems with American unions, which had given the Kinks a lot of trouble a decade earlier, seemed to ease. They became known as a touring band in the States, a reputation which crumbled after a very well publicized onstage battle between the Davies brothers right here in Washington DC.
Though there is one minor bow to the then-omnipresent Disco--"Wish I Could Fly Like Superman," COME DANCING WITH THE KINKS is mostly full of nostalgia for the old ballrooms, desperate pleas for the band to stay together, and Rays infatuation with psychological oddities. Included are some of my favorite Kinks tunes, including "Do It Again," "Destroyer," "Come Dancing," "Don't Forget to Dance," and my All Time Favorite Kinks Record, "Sleepwalker." There's never been a better melding of Rays lyrics, Daves guitar, a great Ray vocal, and hot Kinks backing vocals.Read more ›
Whatever the case, there's no excuse for leaving it out. This kind of omission can greatly disappoint an unsuspecting buyer who expects this to simply be, a nicely remastered version of the original, with no changes.
All I would ask is , if they're going to EXCLUDE tracks that WERE INCLUDED on the original release, just change the title to something like "MOST OF THE BEST.." or "THE PERSONAL FAVORITES OF RAY DAVIES."
All this being said, "Come Dancing: The Best Of- 1977-1986" is STILL a good collection that DOES include most of the great tracks from this era. Hearing great tracks like "LOW BUDGET", "SLEEPWALKER", "A ROCK 'n' ROLL FANTASY", "CATCH ME NOW I"M FALLING", "DO IT AGAIN", "DESTROYER" and "FATHER CHRISTMAS" in glorious 20-bit remastered fashion is a JOY! I just wish that for the 'casual' KINKS fan, "JUKE BOX MUSIC" was here too.
I recommend this KINKS collection, as long as you purchase the "SLEEPWALKER" album with it; so that you can enjoy the rollicking "JUKE BOX MUSIC."
Most recent customer reviews
This is a lovely collection with just one flaw by omission. The 1986 CD of the same name included the beautiful "Celluloid Heroes" and "Heart of Gold" and I can't imagine why these... Read morePublished on May 27 2006 by David T. Mathias
This album may have live versions of kinks klassics, but in no way is that worth purchasing this. I dont know what happened to the kinks in '77, they lost sight of the original... Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2004 by S. L. Ertl
This cd is great but it is missing one of my favorite songs. How can they leave out "Dedicated Follower of Fashion"? Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2004
I have just purchased this remastered copy of "Come Dancing". It was my intention to trade in my old Arista copy at the flea market. Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2001 by Gilly Bean
..this is a great collection. These are songs that speak to the everyday person...sometimes cynical, sometimes charming, always well crafted, the lyrics are full of humour and... Read morePublished on March 19 2001 by Gilly Bean
This sweet C.D. compilation of Kink's music from 1977-1986 is recommended for any music fan. Better then most, the Kinks have always been able to tell a story while they sing a... Read morePublished on March 11 2001 by Richard La Fianza
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