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The Village Green Preservation Society [Deluxe Edition, Box set]

The Kinks Audio CD
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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 (15 Jun 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Box set
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B00280J1HI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,505 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Village Green Preservation Society
2. Do You Remember Walter
3. Picture Book
4. Johnny Thunder
5. Last Of The Steam Powered Trains
6. Big Sky
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Village Green Preservation Society
2. Do You Remember Walter
3. Picture Book
4. Johnny Thunder
5. Last Of The Steam Powered Trains
6. Big Sky
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Village Green
2. Misty Water
3. Berkeley Mews
4. Easy Come, There You Went
5. Polly
6. Animal Farm
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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BBC Review

In 1968 The Kinks released The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society, an album curiously closer in spirit to that year's new sitcom hit, Dad's Army, than to the more familiar rock 'n' roll preoccupations of the day. While his contemporaries were revolting in style or getting mystic, Ray Davies spent much of the summer putting together a concept album steeped in nostalgia for an 'Olde England' of corner shops, custard pies and steam trains; an album which seemed to draw as much on the prewar music-hall of Max Miller as it did the blues. While the rock mainstream embraced Satanism and free love, Davies sang about preserving virginity and Sunday School. The Kinks' latest heroes were, apparently, Desperate Dan and Mrs Mopp, rather than Abraham, Martin or John. It was seriously out of step with prevailing trends.

And it wasn't only the subject matter: with hard-rock bands like Led Zeppelin poised on the horizon, it simply sounded too whimsical. Its potential success was not helped by the injunction which prevented The Kinks from touring the US between 1965 and 1969, essentially isolating them from rock's biggest market. Despite their position as one of the founding-fathers of mid-Sixties British pop/rock, The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society flopped big-time.

But over the years, it has undergone something of a reassessment. For manyit's now justly considered Davies' most satisfying album: a creative highpoint matched only by the band's landmark singles of the period. Only Davies would care that Britain's last main-line steam train finally reached the buffers that year and write an instant retro song like ''Last of the Steam-Powered Trains'', a sort of British Rail ''Smokestack Lightnin'''. Only Davies would bother to think about why people take photographs of each other ('To prove that they really existed', of course!) and write ''People Take Pictures''. But it's not all wistfully genteel: the childlike ''Phenomenal Cat'' is a nod towards psychedelia and there are some sterling Dave Davies riffs in ''Wicked Arabella'' and ''Johnny Thunder''. It's as English as billiards, but with more balls.

Village Green Preservation Society now comes as an expanded 3-disc package. The first disc is taken from the stereo masters. It also includes additional stereo mixes of ''Mr Songbird'', ''Do You Remember Walter'' and the attendant single, ''Days'', not part of the original album, but a welcome addition here. Village Green had a tortuous history from recording to release - all brilliantly explained in the extensive sleeve notes and the book of the album (published by Continuum), both by Kinks scholar Andy Miller. The original album released in November 1968 was a 15-track mono version, which now comprises disc 2 of the current reissue. Apart from the inclusion of the single mix of ''Wonderboy'', it's fairly dispensable, though, unless you have an urge to hear the sound squeezed like toothpaste into one channel.

The third disc is the real gem, covering contemporaneous outtakes and rarities, most previously unavailable on CD. ''Lavender Hill'' was once considered as a follow up to ''Waterloo Sunset ''and there is the stately ''Berkeley Mews'' and an instrumental version of the title track. It concludes with some excellent Beeb material omitted from the BBC Sessions 1964-1977 roundup: yet another version of ''Do You Remember Walter'' (a persistent question, arising for the fourth time in this reissue) and the big-Kink sound of ''Animal Farm''.

If you don't know the Kinks albums, or you only have a Best Of, pop down to the corner shop for a custard pie and take a trip to a part of the 60s you may not have visited before. Welcome to the Village Green. --Rob Webb

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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic album preserved after many false starts 23 April 2011
Format:Audio CD
Although Village Green Preservation Society was a commercial failure when originally released its reputation has burgeoned over the years. This reputation is well-founded. The songwriting is of a consistently high standard and the band is playing at its best.

At the time, Ray Davies was just short of enough material for a great double album. The first 12-track single album was hastily withdrawn amidst arguments about the best way ahead, to be replaced by the better known 15-track version. Five songs were added by the change and two songs removed: Days (which had become a successful single) and Mr Songbird. The confusion resulted in a botched publicity programme and, when eventually released into the new world of hard rock and revulutionary student politics, the album's unifying theme of memories about people and place had become deeply unfashionable.

Thus, despite its earlier obscurity, Village Green Preservation Society is a first class slice of British pop/rock. The main question is whether you should buy this 3-CD "deluxe" version or go with the single CD, saving 5 or so. The following notes might help you choose.

In the CD age, the fashion for bonus tracks has resulted in versions of the album that include all 17 of the original tracks. However, if you look at the current single CD version you find Days and Mr Songbird buried amongst alternate versions of songs repeated from earlier in the track listing. In contrast, on the stereo version that comprises the first CD in this 3-CD, the long-standing 15 track album is followed immediately by Mr Songbird and Days, the latter finally taking its rightful place at the end of the "full" album. "Thank you for the days.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars QUITE POSSIBLY THEIR BEST 3 April 2014
Format:Audio CD
The Village Green Preservation Society was released to complete indifference in the Sixties - it was untrendy, out of touch and out of vogue. Yet we now know better!

Time has been the judge of this album and the record buying public has re-discovered this album and found it to be a genuine classic.

The album is quintessentially English, yearning for a time when life was slower and life was more simple. It is a beautiful collection of songs with great lyrics, sweet sentiments and gorgeous melodies.

The expanded version is a treat to behold and gives the album the full treatment it deserves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Landmark album and upgrade... 3 Oct 2013
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While 'The Village Green Preservation Society' was largely underappreciated by the music press and record-buying public upon its release in 1968, it was nevertheless a masterpiece and an album unlike any other. This 3-disc set with mono and stereo versions, and extra disc of further bonus tracks is a wonderful testament to an outstanding, landamark album by The Kinks, one of Britain's very best bands of all time. The liner notes are informative and extensive, and round out an excellent package overall. Mentioned also is the praise that Pete Townshend accords this album and Ray Davies' sonwriting. Top recommendation. Yes indeed, God Save the Village Green...
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