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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: #35,339 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 collection of overlooked Kinks songs from the late 60's and early 70's leaves me wondering why Ray Davies and co. were such an overlooked part of the British Invasion. Although "Lola" is the only song most people will recognize, the quality of the other tracks is comparable, if not superior. The songwriting is sometimes silly, on occassion deadly serious, and always delivered with the wry sense of humor that has always defined this group. Overall this is a first rate distillation of several classic albums and homeless singles.
Aside from "Lola", great songs include "Victoria", "Village Green Preservation Society", "Get Back in Line", "She's Got Everything", "Polly", "Fancy", and "Apeman". I do agree with other reviewers that the inclusion of "Celluloid Heroes" would have really hit the spot, but I suppose you can't have everything. Also, the lyrics can be a tad inexplicable for audiences outside the UK as they contain a great deal of slang and British expressions that mean nothing this side of the Atlantic. Still, missing a quip here and there does nothing to diminish my enjoyment of this music.
Again, as others have noted, the lack of a 5th star is due entirely to the sound quality of the recording, not at all to the quality of the music itself. It's rare in 2003 to see such a classic collection in such dire need of remastering, but remastering is essential in order to do full justice to this set of recordings. Until then though, this 2 disc set is a great way to enjoy an often unnoticed and misunderstood group of gifted musicians.
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Why have the Kinks fallen through the collective concious? Okay, they really only have had two or three big "Hits" [You Really Got me, Lola, Destroyer "Met a girl called Lola and I took her back to my place... 1983?, Come Dancing, Living on a Thin Line] and they never really had a big album [even the Who can claim a handful of big albums, some of them even vital to rock and roll 1967-1973 [Sell Out, Live at Leeds, Who's Next, Quadrophenia, even the Tommy, if you must]. They were distinctly British in a way no other band has ever been since the Sex Pistols. But pick up a copy of The Kinks Kronikles and see what you've forgotten or quite possibly never known.
Before I go into this, I will admit KK cover a period just after the band's initial singles and it misses many of the best of the Kinks early and best songs, notably: Dedicated Follower of Fashion, Set Me Free, A Well Respected Man, You Really Got Me [and its upside down cousin All Day and All of the Night] and Tired of Waiting.
HOWEVER, KK does cover a periood from oh 1966/67 to about 1972, just following the explosion of "I know what I am and what I am is a man and so is Lola." And fitted very nicely in here are some of the best, most underappreciated songs that will ever grace your ears. Kicking off with Victoria [recently covered by Cracker] and the ever so British The Villiage Green Preservation Society down to the sweet Waterloo Sunset and Days, the shouters Dead End Street and Autumn Almanac, the truly briiliant Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon, Dave's underappreciated Death of a Clown, Berkely Mews, AND the run of Wonderboy, Apeman, King Kong and Mr Pleasant, PLUS the snearing She's got Everything... what a fine fine collection to lay on yourself.
To be fair, there are some misses in there, like Holiday in Waikiki and Wilesden Green and God's Children... and Arthur is missing...but the joys far far outweigh any clunkers, it's not even funny.
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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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