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The Kink Kronikles Best of

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 25 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B000002KOZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,552 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
1. Victoria
2. The Village Green Preservation Society
3. Berkeley Mews
4. Holiday In Waikiki
5. Willesden Green
6. This Is Where I Belong
7. Waterloo Sunset
8. David Watts
9. Deadend Street
10. Shangri-La
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Fancy
2. Wonderboy
3. Apeman
4. King Kong
5. Mr. Pleasant
6. God's Children
7. Death Of A Clown
8. Lola
9. Mindless Child Of Motherhood
10. Polly
See all 14 tracks on this disc

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Still and forever the Kinks greatest hits package to have, 'cause along with the obvious hits ( Sunny Afternoon; Lola ) it collects great songs from the band's classic middle period: Death of a Clown; Victoria; This Is Where I Belong; Waterloo Sunset; David Watts; Shangri-La; Apeman; Days; Wonderboy , and more, 28 in all!

This compilation from one of the most influential bands in rock history is, like Neil Young's Decade, one of those rare summation packages that stands on its own in the discography. Released at a time in the early '70s when the Kinks, led by songwriter/vocalist Ray Davies and his guitarist brother Dave, were attempting to reestablish themselves with America after being banned for years, The Kink Kronikles still makes a strong case for the band's high place in the Rock Hierarchy. Assembled by longtime Kronicler John Mendelssohn, this isn't exactly a hits package, although you'll find mid-period staples like "Lola"; it's a shoulda-been-hits package. With essential B-sides ("Big Black Smoke"--the best in a long line of portraits of a tired Britain), album tracks (lots from Arthur, the band's cult 1969 rock opera), and ageless singles ("Dead End Street," "Waterloo Sunset"), this makes for an unusually dense and highly concentrated set of period must-owns. --Don Harrison

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This 2 cd set covers the years 1966-1971. It does not cover any of their earlier hits which are included on the single disk "Greatest Hits" on Rhino which is also recommended. This set was released on lp in 1972 and contains material from the Kinks best if not most popular lps. Ray and Dave Davies formed one of rock's best duos ever. While not as highly regarded perhaps as Jagger/Richards or Lennon/McCartney the brothers were their equals in terms of coming up with catchy songs (especially during the period covered here) and impressive lyrics. When this set was first released it contained many single A & B sides not previously available on their albums. Non-lp tracks like "Did You See His Name?", "She's Got Everything", "King Kong", "Wonderboy" , Dave Davies' "Susannah's Still Alive" and the beautiful "Days" among others are examples of these tracks. Some of these tracks are still not available elsewhere. The set contains many classics such "The Village Green Preservation Society" and "Waterloo Sunset" which illustrate Ray's lyrical prowess in describing everyday life in Great Britain. He also writes about school in "David Watts", his vacation in "Holiday In Waikiki" and loss of wealth in "Sunny Afternoon". The set also contains Ray's diatribe against the musician's union "Get Back In Line". Anthemic tracks like "Victoria" and "Dead End Street" are among the highlights. The second disk contains the impresseive solo track by Dave "Death Of A Clown" and perhaps their best known song Ray's humerous portrayal of a transvestite "Lola". Taken as whole the set contains some of the best songwriting of the late sixties. The set gives me the feeling that the brothers were longing for a Great Britain from earlier simpler times.Read more ›
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Most people are probably most familiar with The Kinks circa either 1965 ("You Really Got Me," "All Day and All of the Night") or 1983 ("Come Dancing," "Don't Forget to Dance"). In between those two periods of peak popularity, however, The Kinks put out a ton of great eclectic music. The one well known song from this period, the surprise 1970 hit "Lola" is about a transvestite and is not at all out of character for the period. "The Kink Kronikles" is two discs loaded with songs of similar quality, many with the same witty humor and storytelling as "Lola." For instance, there are "Victoria" (a nostalga trip to England's Victorian period), "Apeman" (revealing a desire to return to the jungle), "Waterloo Sunset" (Napoleon in Paradise) and "Village Green Preservation Society" (another in the band's ode to show business). The one missing track from the period is "Celluloid Heroes," inclusion of which would have upped the rating by an additional star.
Kinks leader Ray Davies was sort of a British Bruce Springsteen without the bombast. This is one of the finest collections of his stories.
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I may not be qualified to judge the quality of this compilation, as I do not own any Kinks albums besides this one. But as a newcomer to the Kinks discography, I sure found this an enjoyable listen that ages well in my collection, even if the sound quality is a little thin (for lack of a better word). This album reminds me of the satisfying experience of getting into Big Star's first two albums.
I especially enjoy Side One. Being a working stiff, "Get Back Into Line," literally brought tears to my eyes - you'll see what I mean. Also, tunes like the whimsical "Waterloo Sunset," the exuberant "This is Where I Belong" and many others deserved to be radio standards but apparently never were: I never heard many of these great songs before buying this disc. I was lucky to have found this as an inexpensive discount bin cassette. Though I imagine it would be better to buy all the individual albums, I'd pay ten times the Amazon price based on how much cathartic listening pleasure this album actually delivered to me.
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I agree with those who would give this collection five stars for musical content but fewer stars for sound and packaging. This title, like the rest of the Kinks' Reprise catalog in the U.S., was issued on CD in the mid-1980's and thus was not adequately remastered. And though John Mendelsohn's liner notes, from the original (1972) vinyl edition, are fine, I would agree that it would be nice to have a more contemporary editorial take on this music. (Besides, they're printed so small on the CD booklet as to be practially illegible.) What's really needed is for Reprise (or Rhino, perhaps) to do a major overhaul of the Kinks' entire U.S. catalog, augmenting each of the original albums with bonus tracks, new liner notes, etc., and remastering every track for improved sound. I've even thought that "Kronikles" could be expanded into a three- or four-CD box set, with many more rarities and obscurities added. Still, until that happy day comes, this'll have to do; and on the basis of song selection alone, this would have to get the nod as the best Kinks kompilation available.
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