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Village Green Preservation Soc Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered, Special Edition

4.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 2 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered, Special Edition
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B0001WPSJ0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,337 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
1. The Village Green Preservation Society
2. Do You Remember Walter
3. Picture Book
4. Johnny Thunder
5. Last Of The Steam Powered Trains
6. Big Sky
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Disc: 2
1. The Village Green Preservation Society (Mono)
2. Do You Remember Walter (Mono)
3. Picture Book (Mono)
4. Johnny Thunder (Mono)
5. Last Of The Steam Powered Trains (Mono)
6. Big Sky (Mono)
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Village Green (demo)
2. Village Green (Original version with double tracked vocals)
3. Village Green (orchestral overdub)
4. Mr Songbird
5. (stereo euro edition)
6. Days (stereo euro edition)
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Product Description

2004 reissue of this 1968 jewel loaded with extras in the form of two extra discs featuring original stereo mixes, mono versions, demos, Euro editions, instrumentals BBC sessions and more. 71 tracks in all. Enjoy! Sanctuary.

Given the sad fate of this intimate 1968 album in its day, Ray Davies and The Kinks must have considered what rock's greatest poetic cipher mused on "Love Minus Zero": "There's no success like failure, and failure is no success at all." In the midst of a year that bristled with such overtly ambitious, often revolutionary fare as The Beatles' White Album, Hendrix's Electric Ladyland and the Stones' Beggar's Banquet, Ray Davies instead paused to reflect on the quaint charms still to be found in the quieter corners of his native England. Powered by an equally precious musical tack, Davies' wistful, impressionistic civic tapestry would be a resounding commercial failure (even as it set the stage for the following year's successful Arthur), yet an album that would eventually come to share the same cherished place among Kinks faithful as Pet Sounds and Love You did among Brian Wilson fans. What other Kinks album could boast Ray delivering a song ("Big Sky") via impression of Burt Lancaster? Sanctuary UK has finally given the charming, if stubbornly out-of-its-time masterpiece its due. This three-disc retrospective includes new stereo and mono mixes of the album, deleted tracks from its original 12-song edition and more stunning outtakes, alternate mixes, often baroque backing tracks, instrumentals and period live cuts than any Preservationist could have hoped for. This is the sound of an artist having a well-deserved last laugh, in more ways than one; indeed, HP built a national TV adverting campaign around the album's infectious "Picture Book." --Jerry McCulley

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When heard about this release I was very thrilled. Finally all those great songs that never found their way onto the original album would see the light of day, in the right context on an official Kinks release.
The original album is here, both in the mono and stereo versions. These great songs have never sounded better;

Real excitement for me, though, comes with the extensive list of the bonus tracks and rarities.

Many of the well-known songs are in previously unreleased versions, and quite a few have never been released on CD or even vinyl before.

In early 1968 the Kinks had an album ready for the American market called "Four More Respected Gentlemen". The album was cancelled, and some of these songs were never released on an official Kinks album. Now they are here. Great songs like "Berkely Mews", "Mr Songbird", "Rosemary Rose", "Misty Water", "Did You See His Name" etc.

Some rarities come from TV-series, Dave Davies` unreleased album or singles; and a few are simply outtakes that have never been finished for release.

Most of these gems are of the same high standards as the original "Village Green" songs. It's incredible how Ray Davies managed to write such an amount of great songs over such a short period of time, and that the Kinks managed to arrange and record them.

There is a fine informative booklet with recent interview-comments from the Kinks and notes to all the bonus tracks.

This is not meant as a negative comment, but there are still quite a few Kinks rarities that have not yet been released; some of them would have fitted in nicely on this release. Maybe some day there will be another Kinks deluxe edition, where songs like "Pictures in the Sand", "Till Death Do Us Part", "When I Turn Off the Living Room Light" and the unreleased Dave Davies songs would fit in.

Anyway, this is a timeless classic and a five star+ release!
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As for the fact that the orignally proposed(and hyped) 73-track line-up was trimmed to 62 tracks,it was partly because(according to engineer Andrew Sandoval,who mastered disc 3) permission from Kinks leader Ray Davies was refused(for "Till Death Us Do Part","Pictures in The Sand","Monica"(BBC version) & a BBC interview) and for other reasons.Apparently,for the 10 songs in common between the 15-song UK stereo album & the 12-song European stereo album,not all of the European mixes WERE different,or at least,a decision was made to use only those that were most noticeably different.The BBC tracks that made it into the new 3-CD set are merely the regular studio versions with(supposedly) some added vocals...though to me they sound identical to the released versions.It may well be that for "Monica" that the BBC were merely playing the record."She's Got Everything" is available on the Reprise U.S. 2-CD set "The Kink Kronikes".As for "Till Death Us Do Part" & "Pictures in The Sand",fortunately both are available with full fidelity on an unofficial bootleg release "The New Great Lost Kinks Album".Furthermore,there were errors in Sanctuary Music's original track listing which saw the exact same mixes/takes of several songs listed several times with different descriptions.As for why this set is being released only in England,it is because Reprise Records claims a perpetual(permanent) U.S. license on the 1967-70 "Pye Records" Kinks recordings,and refuses to grant a license to Sanctuary Music's U.S. affiliate.As for Sanctuary Music(which now owns the Pye catalogue),they will not license the previously unreleased tracks to Reprise,so that Reprise could release the 3-CD set here.In the end,Sanctuary gets their way,because we buy the set as released by Sanctuary,albeit as an import.If there is ever a box set on The Kinks 1960's recordings,it too will be UK-only
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Sometimes I wonder what was in the air and water
between 1965 and 1968. Most of the truly great
Rock Lps come from this era and the Kinks "Village
Green" is one of the towering masterpieces of a
Golden Age. Ray Davies song writing genius was firing
on all 8 as they say. The Kinks were at their peak as a
band as well with Dave Davies,Mick Avory,Pete Quaife
along with studio keyboard whiz Nicky Hopkins helping
to create ingenius song arrangements.
This album is a "concept" LP about small town British
life that is really an allegory about the questions
that have troubled Humankind since the discovery of
tools and fire. Does techno/mechanical progress make
us really happier and saner people? Has urbanization, Celebrity
worship and consumerisim made us better more compassionate
human beings? Does progress often throw out the
baby with the bath water? Is there a god; if so is he
omnipotent or riddled with impotence,pity and regret
like us... his human creations.
All of these ideas are pondered with brilliant songs
that incorperate Ray Davis's diverse melodic talents
ranging from the Kinks classic rocking R'nB style along with
British folk and MusicHall influences. They all come together
in a set of 15 songs that will make laugh, dance and ponder
what it means to be human.
This set is truly a labor of love. You get the original Stereo
Mix ,the Mono mix and the original 12 song version of the
album that Pye recalled at the last minute.
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