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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 (13 Sept. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B00005V4WI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 635 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. You Really Got Me
2. All Day And All Of The Night
3. Tired Of Waiting For You
4. Everybody's Gonna Be Happy
5. Set Me Free
6. See My Friend
7. Till The End Of The Day
8. Dedicated Follower Of Fashion
9. Sunny Afternoon
10. Dead End Street
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. David Watts
2. Stop Your Sobbing
3. Dandy
4. Mr. Pleasant
5. I Gotta Move
6. Who'll Be The Next In Line
7. I Need You
8. Where Have All The Good Times Gone
9. Sittin' On My Sofa
10. A Well Respected Man
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How Ray Davies made it through is anyone's guess. He fought constantly with his brother and bandmate Dave. He received not a penny of royalties throughout the Kinks' late-1960s heyday, due to a management dispute. He endured two divorces--the first of which saw him hospitalised in a suspected suicide attempt--and a painful break-up with Chrissie Hynde. Under terrible stress, he announced his retirement every six months from 1967 onwards. Yet somehow he held together one of the 60s' most stylish outfits, and released a string of hits that rank among the wittiest, most provocative and most socially aware songs ever written.

The first disc of the two-CD The Ultimate Collection begins with their third single and first No. 1, the insistent "You Really Got Me", then races through the glory years with the absurdly infectious likes of "Sunny Afternoon", "Waterloo Sunset", "Lola" and "Apeman". Dave's two hits are included, too, and the disc ends with "Come Dancing" and other selections from The Kinks' early-80s comeback. Disc Two includes songs that were hits for others ("David Watts" and "Stop Your Sobbing"), various B-sides and other rarities, including "God's Children", from the soundtrack of Percy, a movie about a fellow seeking the original owner of his recently transplanted penis. The Ultimate Collection is an excellent addition to the Kinks's cannon. --Dominic Wills

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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful By J. Skade VINE VOICE on 4 Jan. 2003
Format: Audio CD
The Kinks' hits have been endlessly repackaged over the years and no doubt this collection will not be the last - but it is unlikely to be beaten. It contains (as they all do) the great sixties singles and the number and consistent brilliance of those singles is astounding from 'You Really Got Me' through 'Waterloo Sunset' (one of the greatest singles of all time) and 'Sunny Afternoon' to 'Days' and 'Lola' via less obvious gems such as 'Autumn Almanac', and the gorgeous 'Wonderboy' . Everyone will have special favourites. this collection also includes (as others do not) the perfect 'Come Dancing' from 1983.
The second cd collects album tracks, b-sides and non-hit singles and shows another dimension to the band. Listen to the sheer genius of 'Celluloid Heroes' and ask yourself why it flopped.
'Where Have All The Good Times Gone' (b side of 'Till The End Of The Day') will be better known to many through Bowie's cover version, and 'Stop You Sobbing' will be more familiar by the Pretenders - the originals here are excellent. 'I'm Not Like Everybody Else' (another b side) is almost a personal manifesto.
I could go on forever, there is so much here and all so good.
One quibble - why no 'Sitting In My Hotel'? One of the greatest of the band's album tracks. Grumble over.
The material on this album belongs in every good cd collection. I promise it will not disappoint.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By fizz buzz on 19 Jan. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Having been a fan of The Kinks for years the time had come to replace old vinyl with c.d.'s.
There is no better place to start than this, there are many cheaper but inferior collections out there, this includes all the
classic hits and more.
At this price disc 1 would be enough but throw in the extras of disc 2 and you have a stonking bargain.
The songs speak for themselves from the jagged edge of "You Really Got Me" to the perfect pop of "Waterloo Sunset", the ultimate summer song "Sunny Afternoon" singalong to "Dedicated Follower Of Fashion" and the contoversial at the time "Lola".
Song-writing doesn't get any better than this and when you take into account such tracks as "David Watts" (covered by The Jam), "Stop Your Sobbing" (The Pretenders) "Living on a thin line" (The Sopranos) and even the camp disco feel of "Superman", are all relegated to disc 2 you realise how jam packed with goodies this set is.
You've heard all the bands (Blur,Jam, e.t.c.) who have been influenced by The Kinks so have a listen to the original and best
and then treat yourself to "The Village Green Preservation Society" and "Muswell Hillbillies" albums for an extra helping of Britain's best ever song - writer.
If you've never heard the band before treat yourself, my kids are 6 & 4 and even they love The Kinks.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Greg Farefield-Rose on 4 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
So, is this double CD the ultimate collection of the brilliant Kinks? Yes, probably - well it's certainly the best Kinks compilation on the market with the only real fault being only one track featured from their acknowledged masterpiece The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society. Not really a problem though as the Village Green should be bought separately (and guess what, a 3 CD Special Edition has also been brought out by the same canny label, Sanctuary!), and there is plenty to enjoy in the Ultimate Collection.

The Ultimate Collection contains all the band's hits plus key B-sides and album tracks from their 60s heyday right through to the early 80s. This ranges from absolute classics such as Sunny Afternoon, Waterloo Sunset and Days through to under-rated gems such as the epic Shangri-La and touching God's Children which on their own justify this compilation being two CDs rather than a hits-only single disc.

There are a few stinkers, most notably the appalling Apeman and Plastic Man, though virtually all of the other material here is worthwhile with even the latter tracks sounding OK if rather dated with their 80s gloss.

With a good accompanying essay by David Wells, the Ultimate Collection by The Kinks pretty much is what it says on the tin. An excellent compilation by one of the key 60s bands and best acts ever. Buy it - but make sure you buy the Village Green Preservation Society as well...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. A. Smith on 6 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
It has been difficult for some time to buy a Kinks compilation that truely represents how good a band they were.

For me, this collection does just that. The real advantage is the second disk which I, contrary to the previous reviewer, think is the main reason for buying this cd above any of the other alternatives.

In particular, the tracks David Watts, Dandy, Mr Pleasant, Where Have all the Good Times Gone?, Well Respected Man, Starstruck and Shangri La are all fantastic songs. Shangri La in particular is an overlooked gem.

If you are speculating whether to get a Kinks cd or not, then this should really be the place to make your first stop.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD
There is no 60s band whose collected `best of` CD gives me more pleasure than this magnificent Kinks compilation. On any Beatles anthology you have to wade through dross like Ballad of John & Yoko or dated guff like All You Need Is Love. On a Stones collection the skip button is essential for such aberrations as Dandelion and We Love You, not to mention the sub-Kinks Mother`s Little Helper. This Kinks overview needs no such editing. Naturally, there are one or two less good songs - the more recent Superman and Do It Again are a little anonymous - but out of 44 tracks, an incredible number are gold-plated classics.
There are a handful of musicians from the 60s/70s era that I hold in the highest esteem, as catalysts, very special, almost `haloed` key figures in the popular music of their time. John Sebastian, John Fogerty, Lowell George, Stephen Stills (this is a personal list, so bear with me)...and Ray Davies. They tend to be in bands, and their number could be boosted by Ian Anderson, Rick Danko & others. No matter...
If you`ve never thrilled your socks off to Ray`s cry of "Oh, come on!" just before the break on All Day And All Of The Night; the raunchy intro chords to Lola; the dreamy timelessness of Days; the delicately insistent Marilyn-obsessed tribute of Celluloid Heroes (rather better than a certain song by Elton J); the euphoric Come Dancing - why wasn`t this a No 1 hit everywhere? - or the beyond perfection of the inexpressibly wonderful Waterloo Sunset, a real contender for the best single of all time...then you have not heard The Kinks in their quirky, wonky, punky, kinky pomp.
There is no false nostagia here. No Gilbert & Sullivan parochialism, or Noel Coward jingoism. That`s not Ray Davies`s thing.
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