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Village Green Preservation Soc Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered, Special Edition
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|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)|
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|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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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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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!
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This is truly a lost treasure. It's a real shame how wonderful music, regardless of genre, isn't revered the way it should be. This album is one example. Read morePublished on Sept. 16 2006 by Pulsar
Rather than bore you with comments like "This Is The Best Album Of All-Time" or "Ray Davies Should Be Carved Into Mount Rushmore", I'll direct my thoughts to... Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by wordnat
ATTENTION! Do not believe the above tracklisting or the one on the Sanctuary Website! THIS ALBUM DOES NOT CONTAIN "SHE'S GOT EVERYTHING"! Read morePublished on July 7 2004 by Ben Walker
let me start by saying "incredible!" the Kinks prove to still be a major credit to the rock n roll indusry by re releasing their phenominal cd entitled "the Kinks... Read morePublished on July 6 2004
(The above track listing Amazon provides is incorrect).
Pretty darn amazing retrospective of The Kinks' best album. Read more
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... Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by Morten Vindberg
I read about this set some time ago, and I didn't hold my breath. 2 years back the same label had a Dave Davies CD in the works and it was cancelled. Read morePublished on June 29 2004 by Paul '66