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4.0 out of 5 stars Korporation Kinks, 25 Mar. 2007
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This 2CD trawls through what has survived of the 24 sessions that the Kinks recorded for the BBC between 1964 and 1977, providing an alternative view of the Kinks. Due to the time constraints and lack of overdubbing facilities, the results are probably far closer to their live sound of the times than the sound produced on their albums and singles.

On their early Pye studio recordings, session men such as Bobby Graham (drums), Jimmy Page (rhythm guitar) and Jon Lord (organ) were drafted in by Shel Talmy to flesh out the sound, but here are the band proving more than capable of cutting it live. They are augmented in the early sessions only by the occasional background vocals of Rasa, Ray Davies' girlfriend and later wife, who also sang on the records, and from 1967 to 1968 by keyboardist extraordinaire Nicky Hopkins.

Many of these have survived only thanks to the BBC Transcription Services that sent World Service programmes to broadcasters around the world in disc form for subsequent transmission, as the original British programmes for which the sessions were recorded, and the session tapes themselves, have been long lost. This means that some have the over-enthusiastic and embarrassingly attempting to be "hip" voice-overs of Brian Matthew (born 1928, and currently to be heard presenting Radio 2's Sounds Of The Sixties on a Saturday morning in a rather more muted style), as well as his fatherly chats with the band about the length of their hair.

Dave Davies is the featured vocalist on six of the songs up to 1970, all but one on disc one. One of these is his version of Spider Koerner's Good Luck Child, an otherwise unreleased adaptation.

Of particular interest on disc one are their version of Cadillac, the only recording on this set from their very first session for the BBC, and barely a month newer than the studio version on their first album (it was also a single in Germany); Ev'rybodys Gonna Be Happy, considerably changed from the then newly-learnt single version; This Strange Effect, a Ray Davies song only previously known in the hit version by Dave Berry since the Kinks never recorded it or performed it live; and The Village Green Preservation City, also reworked from the album version, but still claiming Disney's Donald Duck as a peculiarly British phenomenon.

The second disc dashes from 1970 to 1977 in just ten tracks including a lengthy excerpt from a 1974 In Concert recording, before backtracking to 1968-1969 for a couple of recordings for BBC-TV and ending with John Peel session versions of songs featured earlier in the In Concert segment of the disc. Though perhaps less essential than the first disc, it nevertheless ably demonstrates the bands' ability to reflect the times whilst remaining uniquely individual, largely due to Ray Davies' ambitious and deft songwriting abilities.

The booklet is annotated with admirably full radio session details and comprehensive notes, but some numbering errors cause confusion for the second disc, so for clarification track 1 is from Dave Lee Travis Show, broadcast 31 May 1970; 2 and 13 are from John Peel, 16 May 1972; 3 and 14 are from John Peel, 11 July 1974; 4 to 9 from In Concert, 27 July 1974; 10 for Old Grey Whistle Test/Sight And Sound In Concert, 24 December 1977; 11 for BBC-1's At The Eleventh Hour, 1968; and 12 for BBC-2's Where Was Spring, 1969.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A BEAUTIFULLY-PACKAGED COLLECTION FROM THE FINEST 60s OUTFIT, 14 Mar. 2001
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Featuring revealing versions of some of the bands finest songs, almost all of which has been hitherto previously unavailable in the UK. This is a great collection giving a superb insight into one of the finest musical outfits to emerge from the fecund 1960's period.
This CD adds substantially to the notion that the Kinks are one of our great unsung national musical treasures and no true music fan should be without this CD in their collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff!, 3 Mar. 2012
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J. HOLMES (uk) - See all my reviews
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I saw the Kinks once, in 1964, and thought they were terrific.

This double cd of BBC sessions confirms that my view as an 11 year old was spot on - they really were a terrific band!

Very good songs, played equally well, and with some interesting additional musicians such as keyboard player Nicky Hopkins, and an entire brass section in some places!

A most worthwhile purchase!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kinks at the Beeb. Brilliant., 16 Dec. 2014
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What can you say. It's the Kinks live at the BBC and is excellent both musically and from the historical viewpoint as it gives you slightly more insight than the usual live album might give. Enjoyable if you like Kinks music and almost essential if you're a fan especially as it's cheaper compared to other issues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best cd ever, 15 Sept. 2014
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best band ever and a great cd
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRITIAN'S BEST BAND @THE BBC., 17 Jun. 2012
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THIS COLLECTION CERTAINLY SHOWS JUST HOW GREAT AND UNDERRATED THE KINKS ARE,THERE ARE VERSIONS OF SONGS ON HERE, THAT ARE BETTER THAN THE SINGLES AND L.P. VERSIONS THAT CAME OUT AT THE TIME. THIS SET COVERS MOST OF THE GREAT YEARS 1964-1977, THE GREAT YEARS CAME TO AN END FOR ME PERSONALLY IN 1983 FOLLOWING THE COME DANCING SINGLE.LATER TRACKS LOSE THE CLASSIC KINKS SOUND AND GET TOO CLOSE TO DISCO FOR ME BUT THIS SET IS UNTOUCHED BY SUCH THINGS SO CRANK UP THE SOUND AND BOOGIE.
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