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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 (5 Jan. 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B000025NEX
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,672 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Opening
2. Wall Of Fire
3. Drift Away
4. Still Searching
5. Phobia
6. Only A Dream
7. Don't
8. Babies
9. Over The Edge
10. Surviving
11. It's Alright (Don't Think About It)
12. The Informer
13. Hatred (A Duet)
14. Somebody Stole My Car
15. Close To The Wire
16. Scattered
17. Did Ya

Product Description

Welcome reissue of Ray, Dave & the boys final studio album originally issued in 1993.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John K. Gateley on 11 Jan. 2015
Format: Audio CD
'Phobia' was The Kinks last studio album of new material released in 1993 on Sony. The guys went out with a bang and an album that had some great songs on. There were, however, 2 big problems with Phobia. First, there were too many songs (17) that lasted 70 minutes in total and second and more seriously, the album was heavily overproduced by Ray Davies. Most songs have everything but the kitchen sink thrown in for good measure. If this album had been slimmed down to a dozen songs and had had a lighter production, it would have been a great farewell. I have given it 4 stars because the underlying songs are excellent and I love The Kinks, I guess! Songs like Hatred and Scattered are up there with their best material but in too many places the songs are overcooked. It would be worth Ray Davies taking a couple of these songs and re-recording them 20 years on with just acoustic guitars just to prove that underneath all the bombast there are some great songs on Phobia trying to get out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bill on 17 Jan. 2015
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Under-valued at the time, Phobia was one of the Kinks best late period albums, and the last full studio album, this album cost around £18 in the UK in 1993 (if you could find a copy)so is now at a bargain price. Get one while its available! I don't think this is a new pressing, more likely ex warehouse stock that they are able to promote, now the Kinks catalog is all with Sony.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David P. Weber on 22 Jun. 2013
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The album is great, serious Kinks fans can rightfully consider it a late period masterpiece..

BUT don't be fooled. This IS the old release, through the extra track may not have been available in all markets back in the early 1990s. When it arrived, When I noticed there was nothing on it saying '2015', I nearly sent it back. Then I decided to open it and have a listen, and certainly wasn't disappointed.

The good news is that it's a very reasonable price, and the album still sounds great. It certainly didn't need a 'block wave' remaster, which would've ruined it anyway.

So it's nothing more than a REISSUE; take note.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jimi Jac on 22 Feb. 2015
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To be honest I had pretty low expectations of this album, The Kinks career did seem to fizzle out towards the end, but "Phobia" is a surprisingly strong record for the band to bow out with.
Continuing the harder rock sound that they stared in the late 1970's with "Low Budget", but mixed with more melodic tracks to give quite a diverse sounding album.
A lot of time & effort has gone into each of songs on the record, certainly the band are not just going through the motions, with "Drift away", "Only a Dream" & "Scattered" which all should be considered bonafide Kinks classics. Added to that, the usual curious subject matter for the songs (have you car stolen, trying to stop a man jumping off a building) you get real fascinating listen (although at 16 songs, it is quite a long album, but it would be difficult to decide what tracks to drop).
The release date says 2015, but it's actually 1993, Columbia are trying suddenly to shift a whole load these CDs, but the sound quality is still good, but it was only released in 1993 so it shouldn't need re-mastering.
There is always talk of the brothers getting back together again (it's usually Dave Davis who turns down the invite) but if this is going to be the final Kinks record, then they've finish on a high.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David R. Walters on 18 Mar. 2015
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Good album. I mostly got into The Kinks from the Christmas Eve show on TV in 1977. I just saw that again on youtube! So, it was the 80s and 90s I followed them closely, always looking forward to their next album. This is almost a double album. There are 3-4 naff tracks, ham-fisted efforts, but take those off and you still have a great album. I really miss them as a band, though I have seen Ray a few times in recent years. His 2 solo albums are very good indeed. They appeared on Jools with this album so I'm very surprised this didn't chart, like all their albums since the 60's. Mad people out there!
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