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Greatest Hits 1 Import
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|1. You Really Got Me|
|2. All Day And All Of The Night|
|3. Set Me Free|
|4. Who'll Be The Next In Line|
|5. Come On Now|
|6. Everybody's Gonna Be Happy|
|7. I Need You|
|8. Till The End Of The Day|
|9. Tired Of Waiting For You|
|10. Well Respected Man|
|11. You Do Something To Me|
|12. You Still Want Me|
|13. Stop Your Sobbing|
|14. Something Better Beginning|
|15. Dedicated Follower Of Fashion|
|16. I'm Not Like Everybody Else|
|17. Where Have All The Good Times Gone|
|18. Sunny Afternoon|
The Kinks' early singles set a new standard for raucousness. "Louie Louie" chord progressions and monosyllabic declarations of lurve (love definitely isn't a strong-enough word) drove "You Really Got Me," "All Day and All of the Night," and "I Need You." Only maniacal cackles from guitarist Dave Davies could've heightened their simple eloquence--and he provided even those before his solos on "Got Me" and "All Day." But brother Ray's observational talents quickly began to show: the optimistic "Till the End of the Day" is shadowed by an unspoken wistfulness, while "A Well Respected Man," "Dedicated Follower of Fashion," and "Sunny Afternoon" remain among the most cutting portraits of Britain's upper-class strivers. Both of the band's main impulses continue to be immensely influential, while the enraged "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" merges them in a three-and-a-half-minute burst of cold fury that few bands would match until the Sex Pistols era. --Rickey Wright
Top Customer Reviews
While many of these songs were a part of the British invasion in the wake of the Beatles' success, there the comparison should end, because these were the bad boys of rock with their thought provoking lyrics and rage at class divisions. They were precursors for what was to come down the pike in terms of music. They set the standard for punk and techno-rock rhythms.
While some critics say that the later Kinks were much better, that may be so, but without the success of this early music by The Kinks, there would have been no later music. This is a CD well worth having.
Some of the tunes on this CD have been played to death on oldies radio, but much of the early stuff--especially "All Day And All Of The Night"--are so great they overcome radio programmer dysfunction with flying colors.
"You Do Something To Me" is one of the catchiest things to never chart in the US. Sounds like a second single from the O-Needers. Oops--I mean the Wonders.
There's a series of singles, from what was once considered the Kinks middle period but must now be called they're late-early period (?), including "A Well Respected Man," "Stop Your Sobbing," "Dedicated Follower Of Fashion," and "Sunny Afternoon," which are among the greatest songs of their time. Too bad the Kinks were labeled "too English" by block-headed American radio programmers of the day.
Most recent customer reviews
Great Oldie Music, that Mazda 3 Advertisement on TV Struck a nostalgic Vibe. Just could not wait. Thank-you for some mighty fine music. Five Star all the way.Published on March 18 2013 by DANIEL DANIES
This cd serves as a good intro to the under-rated genius of Ray Davies and the Kinks. Focusing on the early years of their career (before they started making concept albums),... Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2004 by Levi Stofer
This is called Greatest Hits, but it only contains songs from 1964-66. This is great stuff, though, so I don't have a problem with that. Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2004 by Johnny Heering
The reason why i say 4.5 is becuase I am only 20 years old and to me mono recordings are crap. I am from the digital stereo era so to me sonicly it is limited witch is a shame... Read morePublished on July 6 2001
Wow! Brought me right back! These songs are really the best of their early stuff! A must have for Kinks fans.Published on May 20 2001 by Jayne Ribarro
This is an essential purchase for fans of British Invasion pop/rock music. During the years 1964 to 1966, the Kinks placed eight songs in the U.S. Top 40. Read morePublished on July 27 2000 by Steve Vrana
I always cringe at Greatest hits and singles CDs. Sure this album is great if you're just becoming a new fan of the Kinks. Read morePublished on July 27 2000