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To the Bone

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 (28 Feb 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI Premier
  • ASIN: B000024FX9
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,717 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great songwriter 13 Feb 2002
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The kinks are one of the few groups who can reflect there songs in there music. Many versions of popular kink songs are rocked up on this fantastic album.
'I'm not like everybody else' is one of my favourite kink songs but the version on this is just electric.
It also has fabulous versions Sunny afternoon and Picturebook. Infact there isn't a dud song on it.
Prefect for die hard fans. Perfect for newcomers to the kinks. Perfect for every one
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This album, as always when the Davies brothers are involved, contains surprises galore. I thought it was going to be an acoustic set, hence the title, and the opening track is a blistering live rendition of 'All Day and All of the Night' in all its full electronic glory. There is a mix of quieter studio tracks and lively concert hall renditions of old favourites and standards. There are forgotten gems, `Do You Remember Walter' (the brother-in-law that took their sister to Australia) and `Picture Book' as well as a wonderful free flowing assault on the eardrums from `I'm Not Like Everbody Else' (the B side of Sunny Afternoon).
What's missing, (apart from the squeeze box)? Buy the UK version for an achingly beautiful rendition of Waterloo Sunset and a wonderful acoustic outing for Autumn Almanac, shame the audience didn't quite get the idea about singing along! What did they expect, it's a Kinks Koncert after all.
This is a treasure of a collection, and if it is true that the Davies brothers don't intend to roll the Kinks along the road one last time the world is a poorer place. Treasure this album, there might not be any more where this came from. Certainly not from 'KONK' as Ray has decided to close his Hornsey studio.
NPOWIS3 aka swinging-singles.
Unfortunately you have to buy both albums as the missing tracks on the US version are 'must have' in every sense of the word. I ended up syncing all three cds onto my MP3 player. Well worth the effort but a tad expensive at 60. I must be mad.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than their studio recordings 20 Dec 2010
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There is nothing wrong with the Kinks in a studio, but their exceptional talent is best enjoyed live - and this album shows it. Ray Davis with an acoustic guitar could set an audience alive with a single strum like no body else from his generation. I saw them live when they were well past their best and it remains today probably the best gig I ever went to. The best musicians are often a little uncomfortable in a studio; here you get a chance to hear the Kinks set free in their natural environment. Probably the best recordings of the most underrated band of all time.
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