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The Village Green Preservation Society: Remastered Extra tracks, Import

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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: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Essential
  • ASIN: B00000899Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,129 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Village Preservation Society
2. Do You Remember Walter
3. Picture Book
4. Johnny Thunder
5. Last Of The Steam-Powered Trains
6. Big Sky
7. Sitting By The Riverside
8. Animal Farm
9. Village Green
10. Starstruck
11. Phenomenal Cat
12. All Of My Friends Were There
13. Wicked Annabella
14. Monica
15. People Take Pictures Of Each Other
16. The Village Preservation Society
17. Do You Remember Walter
18. Picture Book
19. Johnny Thunder
20. Monica
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THE KINKS Are The Village Green Preservation Society (1998 UK digitally remastered 27 track CD album superb version of this classic 60s album that includes the 15-track mono version that was released in the UK as well as the super rare 12-track stereo version that was originally issued for export only also includes the mono mix of Days. Great booklet with previously unpublished photos and liner notes ESMCD481)


Sensing that the Beatles, Stones and Who were radically transforming rock music by turning it literate and conceptual, Ray Davies decided the Kinks should be his vehicle to explore his unusual longing for a simpler time when the English empire was not in decline. A reliance on English music hall tradition and sentiments indicated in titles such as "Last of the Steam- Powered Trains", "Picture Book" and "Village Green" clearly show Davies's nostalgic streak. Davies' singing has always been rough and non-Kinks fans may have trouble getting past his sloppy pitch. But for those listening closely, the tales are one of a kind. --Rob O'Connor

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Superleccy on 6 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
I love this album.
Now virtually forgotten (and not particularly well known even in its day), "Village Green" the finest forty minutes of one of the cornerstones of the British hit parade. But, there's not one hit single here... nothing you're going to recognise from all those "Best of the Kinks" collections, and nothing that's ever going to be played on Radio 2. The closest you may have come to hearing this album could be hearing its grandson, Blur's "Parklife".
There are many who make Pepper-esque comparisons, crying about what this album "could have been". Think of it the other way round... if you take away the producers, the art departments and the marketeers, this is what you end up with. Raw beauty.
Within five years, some naff boy band will cover "Big Sky" or "Starstruck" for the soundtrack of some movie starring Hugh Grant, and it will stay at number one for an entire summer. Imagine how bad you're gonna feel if you don't discover this album before that happens. Buy it now, and discover that The Kinks made classic albums, not just classic singles.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By moggy72@hotmail.com on 14 Sep 2000
Format: Audio CD
The end of the 60's saw a difficult time for the kinks. Pete Quaife the bassist was looking to leave the group making VGPS his his final album. It was the title track that did it for me. Superb song writing from Davies as he provides a social commentary of English life with talk of old pubs and English novels. The strong riff backed up well with the rock organ is truly something else not to mention the wailing harmonies and Ray's prominent majestic voice particulalry at the end. Also this song almost predicts the future for English culture with the mention of American stars such as Donald Duck. In a way its almost as though Davies' sensed the move towards America. Other great songs are Big Sky, Walter, Animal farm and Mr Songbird. Although on sales the album did not score it has been said by many that it was their greatest album! I think as fans the appropriate word would be `if only' but despite lack of success its a great album! Spread the word. Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Danny Neill on 13 Dec 2004
Format: Audio CD
That one of rocks greatest ever concept albums, released by the Kinks during the ultimate era for grand album-long statements, should sink without trace is just one of the many vagaries of success in the pop world. Sure enough, the band did score some chart success in 1968 with the non-LP single 'Days', but the resulting concept album from the sessions that had spawned that track failed to make any impact on the national consciousness. It would take a radical shift in position, moving to a more US radio friendly rock sound, to keep the Kinks fortunes afloat through the 1970s.
Why the Kinks masterpiece seemed, on paper at least, to fail is something of a mystery. It is that rare piece, an album with a basic concept that carries itself for the duration; maintaining a central theme in both its musical texture and through the various character snapshots and sub-plots that the Ray Davies narrative portrays like an aural abstract painter. It arrived on the back of a 3-4 year period, in which The Kinks had endured a ban from touring the US - and so had set about refining that quintessentially English grain of song-writing that has remained their trademark. This album was the logical conclusion of that journey, and its status as the defining Kinks record has been cemented by its enduring influence on the Britpop generation of the 1990's and beyond.
In reality, the reason it was ignored is probably because up to that point, the band had played the game in the UK singles market with such accomplished success that the albums were rather overshadowed. The Kinks really were the UKs definitive singles act (apart from The Beatles) and maybe people didn't expect them to be ploughing so much of their creativity into an album.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Skade VINE VOICE on 29 Jan 2003
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You will have to search hard amongst the plethora of greatest album lists produced by the glossier music magazines in the last few years before you find this album and yet it remains one of the pinnacles of pop/rock. Unlike Sgt Pepper it has not lost any of its charm - it is fresh and relevant and very, very listenable.
The album was originally intended to consist of twelve tracks including the hit single 'Days' (one of the most beautiful tracks ever to grace the charts). Then Ray Davies changed his mind, pulling 'Days' and 'Mr Songbird' and adding five new tracks bringing the total to fifteen. And all first rate.
The title track sets the gentle pastoral tone of the album as well as setting out two of its central themes, conservation and nostalgia. It is a witty list song of the kind Ian Dury was to make a career of, with some outrageous rhymes. It could have been a single. As could 'Do You Remember Walter' an affectionate but sad look at schoolboy memories. The album contained other tracks just as strong. 'Animal Farm' continuing the pastoral theme is another missed opportunity in the singles department, this one a sure fire hit, as the song is in the grand Kinks tradition. 'Monica' a delicious calypso flavoured love song (to a woman of the night) that will stay in your head for days. 'All of My Friends Were There' is a nightmare song out of music hall via Gilbert and Sullivan. And then there's 'Starstuck' and 'Big Sky' and 'Johnny Thunder' the great comic book hero who was to return later in the Kinks' career. 'Last of the Steam Powered Trains' is musically a nod to their Rhythm and Blues roots which oddly but quite effectively continues the very English strain of nostalgia. And there is more...
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