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Live at Kelvin Hall Original recording remastered

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The Kinks were formed by brothers Ray and Dave Davies in their hometown of Muswell Hill, North London. The brothers began playing skiffle and rock and roll, recruiting Peter Quaife to play bass with them. By the summer of 1963, as The Ravens, they'd recruited drummer Mickey Willet. Eventually their demo tape reached American record producer Shel Talmy who helped the band land a contract ... Read more in Amazon's The Kinks Store

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  • Audio CD (25 May 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Castle Comm.
  • ASIN: B00000899W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,143 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Phil On on 30 Aug. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I'm not a Kinks fan at all. In fact, except for a couple of songs here and there, I find their studio albums quite boring. And yet I find this live album quite exciting. There's a lot of crowd noise (typical for those pop bands from the late 60's), and it could be annoying, but I think there's a good interaction between the band and the public. The opening track is a bit buried in the mix, especially the vocals, but songs like "Sunny afternoon" and the medley "Milk cow blues/ Batman..." really give some great action.
Probably not a must have, but a good live album!
If you have the courage you can even listen to the mono and the stereo mixes back to back on the same cd...
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Og Oggilby TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Mar. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Few live albums are worth much more than a cursory listen, tending mostly to be contractual obligation fillers, or worst of all, the 'live Greatest Hits' album. This album is different; it's very hard to hear The Kinks above the audience screams. However, as a document of an era when The Kinks were genuine teen idols, it fits the bill wonderfully, and they do sound effectively raunchy and powerful. It's cheap enough, and certainly worth investing a few bob for.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By richard jones on 11 Jan. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Great live, atmospheric, concert performance, from the 60's legends. THE KINKS ! Great CD for those who yearn for those nostalgic days !
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hot Rocks on 25 Aug. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Delivery excellent product, well, for someone who wants everything
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Good show, but suffers from poor audio quality. 22 July 2001
By scapeghost - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A truly great show by the Kinks at the start of their career, and this release is the best you could own. The problem with it is not in the reissue. Castle has done it's best to make this listenable, and even includes both the mono and stereo versions of the album, which is great. The problem is that the original recording sounds almost like it's a bootleg recorded by someone in the audience. This is good in that it has a kind of raw feel to it that makes it seem like you're actually there, but for the most part, it's hard to listen to. The crowd is frequently louder than the band, and the overall sound is rather flat. I would reccommend this to any Kinks fan simply because it's all that is available of the Kinks performing live in this era of their career, but be warned - it's rough.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The Genre Of Screaming Girls And London 1960s Prior To Their About Face. 15 Aug. 2005
By JG - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a great collectors CD showcasing the great Kinks live at home in the outrageous 60's at thir heyday..Similiarly like the Stones,Got Live If You Want It CD,(in feel,not actual technical recording issues) these live documents are made for collectors and for ravers because the sound is usually average at best.When it comes to great sounding live cd's overdubs are a natural..

It is nice to hear both mono and stereo versions of the CD and to know this is live..the book and photos are nice..like the remaining Pye re releases on their early catalogue you won't be dissapointed as to the quality and sound.

The song selections are good and the era is the Face To Face period when the Kinks began experimenting with a bit of Indian Music,a touch less blues, more introspective sounds and lyrics, getting ready for their defining greatness to be found on such classic releases such as Something Else,We Are The Village Green, Arthur,Lola,Muswell Hillbillies etc. when the Kinks started to morph in earnest into the less angry more interior band they became.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
On With the Show 15 May 2006
By directions - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have to disagree with anyone who feels that this recording is bootleg quality because this album sounds a hell of a lot better than recordings, official or otherwise that are sourced from an audience recording. The issue is that live recordings were in their infancy at the time so naturally you are not going to get the same quality as a modern live concert. That said it is a fascinating recording. The more rocking numbers such as "You Really Got Me" come off better than the more introspective songs. The Kinks did put on a good live show but live they were not all that different from in the studio (unlike say the Who, who would turn songs into extended jams live). Live at Kelvin Hall was recorded as the Kinks were ending their pre-punk phase and entering their most interesting period, 1966-70 where they rightfully deserved the title of the English equivalent of Bob Dylan, rather than the insufferable Donovan. Obviously, one of the drawbacks of the recording is the audience of screaming fans who just won't let up. The Kinks at this point obviously tired of concert goers who were idol worshippers instead of actual fans (but didn't have the clout of the Beatles or the Stones to stop touring)decide to have some fun on "Sunny Afternoon" and ask the audience to sing along (which they do). Two years later, the Kinks would regain the right to tour in the U.S. again (which they had lost due to conflicts on the 1965 tour) and by then they would be a more sophisticated and "well respected" band but that's another story...
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By BOB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In 2007, there were two Kinks catalog Japan mini-sleeve releases, one in July and another in September. The July release were JVC K2HD remastered discs. Chronologically, these started at "Muswell Hillbillies" and continued thru the end of the Kinks catalog.

However, the September release, and this is despite the text of at least one Japanese on-line retailer, are NOT JVC or K2/K2HD remastered discs. These were issued by BMG. The discs themselves have a "Made In Hong Kong" stamp on the inner ring.

The BMG titles are: The Kinks (1st album), Kinda Kinks, Kontroversy, Face To Face, Something Else, Live At Kelvin Hall, The Village Green Preservation Society, Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire, Lola Vs. Powerman And The Money-Go-Round Part 1 and Percy.

After A/B comparison, these are the 1998 Castle/Essential remasters. These also contain the same same booklets as those releases. The Castle discs have the benefit of an absolute plethora of bonus tracks on each, which do not appear on the 2000 Japan K2 remasters.


Have you ever lamented the loss of one of the 20th Century's great art forms, the 12" vinyl LP jacket? Then "mini-LP-sleeve" CD's may be for you.

Mini-sleeve CDs are manufactured in Japan under license. The disc is packaged inside a 135MM X 135MM cardboard precision-miniature replica of the original classic vinyl-LP album. Also, anything contained in the original LP, such as gatefolds, booklets, lyric sheets, posters, printed LP sleeves, stickers, embosses, special LP cover paper/inks/textures and/or die cuts, are precisely replicated and included. An English-language lyric sheet is always included, even if the original LP did not have printed lyrics.

Then, there's the sonic quality: Often (but not always), mini-sleeves have dedicated remastering (20-Bit, 24-Bit, DSD, K2/K2HD, and/or HDCD), and can often (but not always) be superior to the audio on the same title anywhere else in the world. There also may be bonus tracks unavailable elsewhere.

Each Japan mini-sleeve has an "obi" ("oh-bee"), a removable Japan-language promotional strip. The obi lists the Japan street date of that particular release, the catalog number, the mastering info, and often the original album's release date. Bonus tracks are only listed on the obi, maintaining the integrity of the original LP artwork. The obi's are collectable, and should not be discarded.

All mini-sleeve releases are limited edition, but re-pressings/re-issues are becoming more common (again, not always). The enthusiasm of mini-sleeve collecting must be tempered, however, with avoiding fake mini-sleeves manufactured in Russia and distributed throughout the world, primarily on eBay. They are inferior in quality, worthless in collectable value, a total waste of money, and should be avoided at all costs.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Kinks on the Rise 12 Aug. 2007
By Gene Cisco - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the earliest live capture of the Kinks' original line-up, before egos and in-fighting, even before their masterpiece, "Arthur," and their many break-ups. What must have been crude recording, the band plays note-by-note versions of their early "hits," to a wild, unruly audience that seems to scream forever and take little notice to Ray and Dave's cheeky remarks. Since the Stones came out first with a "simulated" live recording, fans were slow to pick up on this rare gem. After hearing it a few times you realize Lennon was right when he said fans didn't care about their performances live. However, I've known this all this time, what a rare gem it was to hear the Kinks on their rise.
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