Brief Note About The Kinks Posts

I’m starting, today, to serialise my next music book here. This one is on The Kinks. Just a note as to how I’m dealing with the records. For each album, I’ll be using the most complete version to have been released (usually the 2-CD deluxe editions that were released last year) – any bonus tracks mentioned will have been from those. I will not, however, deal with every alternate version of every song – I’ll only mention mono and stereo differences, live versions and so on if there is a genuine reason for them to be notable.

I’m also not going to be particularly kind about the first couple of albums. This is because, other than the singles, they’re not very good. This doesn’t mean that I’ll carry on being unkind, though – the run of albums from Face To Face through Everybody’s In Showbiz is near-perfect, and I’ll be saying so when we get to those.

The first post, on Kinks, will be up in a few hours.

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4 Responses to Brief Note About The Kinks Posts

  1. Though the Kinks came up with some of my most-loved songs from that era, for some reason I don’t know them through their albums at all. All the music by them I possess comes down to one (fairly comprehensive) collection and ‘Village Green.’ So I’ll be looking forward to these posts.

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      You should really get hold of the two albums either side of Village Green – Something Else is the Revolver to Village Green’s Sgt Pepper (better songs but less of a theme), and Arthur (a wonderful concept album about the decline of Empire as seen through one old man’s life). Those are at least as good as Village Green is. The rest are worth having, but those two are essential.

  2. Joachim says:

    The Kinks don’t have an emblematic album. Some critic prefers VGPS, another one Something Else or Arthur or Muxwell Hill or Lola and the p…, or Every body is in…. It’s interesting to note that the Kinks albums of 70’s, 80’s and 90′ have good rates when the reviews are done by musicians, and with regular when are of intelectuals o “diletantes”. ¿Who has the reason? I prefer the opinion of the musicians.

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