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    So I like the Kinks...what I've heard. Lola is about the only song I've heard that I can do without. I love Tired of Waiting for You. I like Well Respected Man...and some of the other commonly known songs. However, I'm not as well versed in them as I think I should be.

    Where do I start? Do they have a definitive compilation that big fans, well informed fans, get behind or are they the sort of band that I really need to go straight to the original releases?

    Give me some ideas.

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    Quintessential Kinks records:

    The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society
    Muswell Hillbillies
    Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)
    Misfits
    Low Budget
    Give the People What They Want
    State of Confusion


    Kink Kronikles is a decent compilation, but I wouldn't start my immersion into one of what is generally heralded as one of England's greatest songwriting acts with a greatest hits exposure.

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    Sanctuary Records recently put out an exhaustive six CD compilation of the Kinks' work, called Picture Book. It is the first compilation to cover the band's entire history.



    Disc 1
    o 1. Brian Matthew Introduces The Kinks
    o 2. You Really Got Me
    o 3. I'm A Hog For You Baby
    o 4. I Believed You
    o 5. Long Tall Sally
    o 6. I Don't Need You Anymore
    o 7. Stop Your Sobbing
    o 8. I Gotta Move
    o 9. Don't Ever Let Me Go [demo]
    o 10. All Day And All Of The Night
    o 11. Tired Of Waiting For You
    o 12. Come On Now Outake
    o 13. There Is A New World Opening For Me [Kassner Publishing demo]
    o 14. Everybody's Gonna Be Happy
    o 15. Who'll Be The Next In Line [demo]
    o 16. Time Will Tell
    o 17. Set Me Free
    o 18. I Need You
    o 19. See My Friend
    o 20. Wait Till The Summer Comes Along
    o 21. I Go To Sleep
    o 22. Little Bit Of Sunlight [Kassner Publishing demo]
    o 23. This I Know Demo
    o 24. Well Respected Man
    o 25. This Strange Effect
    o 26. Milk Cow Blues
    o 27. Ring The Bells
    o 28. I'm On An Island
    o 29. Til The End Of The Day
    o 30. Where Have All The Good Times Gone
    o 31. All Night Stand [demo]
    o 32. And I Will Love You
    o 33. Sittin' On My Sofa

    Disc 2

    o 1. Dedicated Follower Of Fashion [alternate stereo take]
    o 2. She's Got Everything
    o 3. Mr Reporter [Ray vocal]
    o 4. Sunny Afternoon
    o 5. I'm Not Like Everybody Else
    o 6. This Is Where I Belong
    o 7. Rosie Won't You Please Come Home
    o 8. Too Much On My Mind
    o 9. Session Man
    o 10. End Of The Season
    o 11. Dead End Street [alternate version early 1966]
    o 12. Village Green
    o 13. Two Sisters
    o 14. David Watts
    o 15. Mr Pleasant
    o 16. Waterloo Sunset [mono mix]
    o 17. Death Of A Clown
    o 18. Lavender Hill
    o 19. Good Luck Charm [BBC radio recording]
    o 20. Autumn Almanac
    o 21. Susannah's Still Alive
    o 22. Animal Farm
    o 23. Rosemary Rose
    o 24. Berkeley Mews
    o 25. Lincoln County
    o 26. Picture Book
    o 27. Days
    o 28. Misty Water

    Disc 3

    o 1. Love Me Til The Sun Shines
    o 2. Village Green Preservation Society
    o 3. Big Sky
    o 4. King Kong
    o 5. Drivin
    o 6. Some Mother's Son
    o 7. Victoria
    o 8. Shangri La
    o 9. Arthur
    o 10. Got To Be Free
    o 11. Lola [mono single version]
    o 12. Get Back In The Line
    o 13. Moneygoround
    o 14. Strangers
    o 15. Apeman
    o 16. God's Children
    o 17. Way Love Used To Be
    o 18. Moments
    o 19. Muswell Hillbilly
    o 20. Oklahoma USA
    o 21. Twentieth Century Man
    o 22. Here Come The People In Grey

    Disc 4

    o 1. Skin And Bone
    o 2. Alcohol [live]
    o 3. Celluloid Heroes
    o 4. Sitting In My Hotel
    o 5. Supersonic Rocket Ship
    o 6. You Don't Know My Name
    o 7. One Of The Survivors
    o 8. Sitting In The Midday Sun
    o 9. Sweet Lady Genevieve
    o 10. Daylight
    o 11. Mirror Of Love
    o 12. Artificial Man
    o 13. Preservation [US single]
    o 14. Slum Kids [live]
    o 15. Holiday Romance
    o 16. Face In The Crowd
    o 17. No More Looking Back
    o 18. Sleepwalker
    o 19. Poseur

    Disc 5

    o 1. Sleepless Night
    o 2. Father Christmas
    o 3. Misfits
    o 4. Rock 'N Roll Fantasy
    o 5. Little Bit Of Emotion
    o 6. Attitude
    o 7. Hidden Quality
    o 8. Gallon Of Gas
    o 9. Catch Me Now I'm Falling
    o 10. Nuclear Love
    o 11. Duke
    o 12. Maybe I Love You
    o 13. Stolen Away Your Heart
    o 14. Low Budget
    o 15. Better Things
    o 16. Destroyer
    o 17. Yo Yo
    o 18. Art Lover
    o 19. Long Distance

    Disc 6

    o 1. Heart Of Gold
    o 2. Come Dancing Demo Remix
    o 3. State Of Confusion
    o 4. Do It Again
    o 5. Living On A Thin Line
    o 6. Summer's Gone Extended Mix
    o 7. How Are You
    o 8. Road
    o 9. Million Pound Semi Detached
    o 10. Down All The Days (To 1992)
    o 11. Informer
    o 12. Phobia
    o 13. Only A Dream
    o 14. Drift Away
    o 15. Scattered
    o 16. Do You Remember Walter
    o 17. To The Bone Demo
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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Squalen View Post
    Quintessential Kinks records:

    The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society
    Muswell Hillbillies
    Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)
    Misfits
    Low Budget
    Give the People What They Want
    State of Confusion


    Kink Kronikles is a decent compilation, but I wouldn't start my immersion into one of what is generally heralded as one of England's greatest songwriting acts with a greatest hits exposure.
    yeah, that's what I was thinking. So out of the list of records you gave, which one should I start with?

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    damn...that's a pretty massive box set you got there chef. Or are you just happy to see me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by broken9500 View Post
    yeah, that's what I was thinking. So out of the list of records you gave, which one should I start with?
    It depends on what kind of sound you best relate to. If you want to sample their 60's/early 70's funk/folk English invasion raw grass roots vibe, you'd be best to sample Muswell Hillbillies and Village Green, or even their debut album. If you want to sample their late seventies/early eighties New Wave-hard rock fusion era, I'd go with Low Budget and Give the People What They Want. There are two schools of thought (old days and latter years), but I'd say Give the People showcases the Kinks at their blistering balls-rawk apex. This also has the commercially known single Destroyer on it.

    Also, let me say for the record...one of the best live albums ever produced by any band, but especially English groundbreakers, is the Kinks' The Road. NOT, I repeat, NOT One For the Road, which is also a live Kinks album. The Road is out of print and hard to find, but copies can be found on eBay and used CD sites for a moderate mark-up.

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    Cool thread. I'm stuck in a rut and looking for "new" music.
    I'll have to pick up some of these albums.

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    This is by no means my only exposure to The Kinks... but I still love this friggen song as much as I did, way back when, drinking beers with the gang in the woods.



    The Kinks - Destroyer (3:47)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Squalen View Post
    It depends on what kind of sound you best relate to. If you want to sample their 60's/early 70's funk/folk English invasion raw grass roots vibe, you'd be best to sample Muswell Hillbillies and Village Green, or even their debut album. If you want to sample their late seventies/early eighties New Wave-hard rock fusion era, I'd go with Low Budget and Give the People What They Want. There are two schools of thought (old days and latter years), but I'd say Give the People showcases the Kinks at their blistering balls-rawk apex. This also has the commercially known single Destroyer on it.

    Also, let me say for the record...one of the best live albums ever produced by any band, but especially English groundbreakers, is the Kinks' The Road. NOT, I repeat, NOT One For the Road, which is also a live Kinks album. The Road is out of print and hard to find, but copies can be found on eBay and used CD sites for a moderate mark-up.
    i think i shall begin at the beginning! I believe their earlier work will appeal to me more than their later work, at least right now, in the mood I'm in musically. I seem to be going backwards and spending a great deal of time listening to a lot of early-to-mid sixties beatles, beach boys, gary lewis and the playboys, chad and jeremy...stuff like that. Since it was the first you mentioned, I think I'll go with muswell hillbillies and then explore from there. I'll definitely be checking out Give the People since you speak so highly of it.

    I knew I could count on you! Based on your comments on other threads I knew you'd be a wealth of information when it came to the kinks. Thank man, I appreciate it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    Sanctuary Records recently put out an exhaustive six CD compilation of the Kinks' work, called Picture Book. It is the first compilation to cover the band's entire history.


    I think... I must have this.. soon.

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    PBS - Austin City Limits

    He's doing solo stuff and Kinks stuff...it just started here in Houston...check your local listings!

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    anyone catch this? I watched the entire set. It was very good...dissapointed that he didn't play Tired of Waiting for You....i can't get enough of that song!

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    Seems like whenever something that may interest me is on PBS, I can never find out when it's playing on one of the stations here.
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    My apologies to the Mods if there is a thread on The "Kinks". Saw Mr. Davies at the Weinberg Theater in Scranton, Pa last night. He did an acoustic set and some electric stuff with a back up band called the 88's. Stellar show, opened with "You Really Got Me", also heard " Where have all the good times gone" and Demon Alcohol.. and a killer electric version of "Low Budget". You know when you see artists like this you forget how many hits and songs they have and how they really influenced others.. Ah cue "Eruption". If he comes any where near you please go, you will not be dissapointed.

 

 

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