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.