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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic introduction to the legend of the Kinks, 28 Nov 2000
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Bill Old (Cardiff, Wales) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Singles Collection / The Songs of Ray Davies: Waterloo Sunset (Audio CD)
A selection of gems from a period in pop history when the seven inch single was by far the most important medium. It's incredible to think that a career highlight like 'Where Have All The Good Times Gone?' was only a 'B' side. Or, indeed, that an all time classic like 'Waterloo Sunset' only made number 2 in the charts. Blur were right because compared to the Kinks at their best modern life is rubbish. This album proves the endearingly quality of Ray Davies' song writing and the sheer attack in the Kinks playing. It's a shame that the Kinks have spent the last 30 years in Britain seeing their most popular songs endlessly repackaged in compilations. But a Kinks album, any Kinks album, is an essential part of any music lover's collection. Check out 1967s 'Kinks live at the Kelvin Hall' an absolute riot of a gig!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is by possibly one of the most inffluential bands, 17 Dec 2000
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This review is from: The Singles Collection / The Songs of Ray Davies: Waterloo Sunset (Audio CD)
As i am only fifteen i know a very little about the sixties. I do know that the kinks along with The beatles were a great band. Like many of the Beatles Albums it has the same freshness as 30 years ago. Thank you Amazon for putting this on your sales list as since i got the CD i have not put it down. Many of the tracks are classics like "you really got me" and "Days". This is an essential album for any sixties music fanatic.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite bands of all time...., 12 Nov 1999
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This review is from: The Singles Collection / The Songs of Ray Davies: Waterloo Sunset (Audio CD)
The Kinks have to be one of my favourite bands of all time, and their influence that they've had throughout British music is immense. I sometimes wonder if they've kind of been sidelined though - some people associate them with their real poppy tunes like "You really got me". These are great and dominate this collection, however there are some great tunes here such as Death of a Clown which don't enter a lot of people's heads when they think of the Kinks. Above all else though, has to be "Waterloo Sunset" probably one of the best songs ever written - this just pushes their points up to four, but if you can, try and get a collection which contains "Autumn Almanc" and "Plasticman". Better still, check out "1 for the Road" - a blinding album worth it if only for "Lola" and "David Watts".
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate stocking filler?, 25 April 2014
This review is from: The Singles Collection / The Songs of Ray Davies: Waterloo Sunset (Audio CD)
My brother has always been useless when it comes to Christmas presents and initially I thought this was going to be no exception! This is a rare instance of him proving me wrong. Like most people I could recall a few of the 'classics' etc but was amazed at how many others there actually were. The Kinks must surely rate along with the Stones and the Beatles as the groups of the era and without doubt Ray Davies was a master observer and social commentator of the period. He could compose damn good tunes as well! They are timeless. What a massive influence the Kinks have been even if some have not realised it. All in all a great compilation without the usual dross and space fillers that so many more modern groups feel the need to stoop to. I have to admit though that the Ray Davies disc has never seen the light of day and probably never will, so I suppose judgement on the Ray Davies disc is likely to remain as rare as rocking horse manure. Regardless of this 5 stars is truly deserved and the Kinks are a vital part of music history. Though considered highly improbable if the human race is still around in 100 years they will still be singing these tunes.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Self-Recommending Set, 26 Mar 2007
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E. I. Warburton "iwarburton_2000" (Prudhoe, Northumberland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Singles Collection / The Songs of Ray Davies: Waterloo Sunset (Audio CD)
This is a straight chronological packaging of the singles, with the odd EP and LP track to provide a bit of contrast. As colleagues here have indicated, this is self-recommending and needs no advocacy from me. There are no surprises here but for those who, like me, were hitherto reliant on elderly vinyl for this repertoire, this is a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Kinks, 7 Jan 2011
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This is a great nostalgic trip down memory lane. The album has all the old hits of the Kinks and some songs by Ray Davies not normally heard on any radio stations. Very enjoyable.
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