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5.0 out of 5 stars Kinky CD, 27 July 2001
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This review is from: The Singles Collection (Audio CD)
Is it possible to get away with yet another Kinks compilation after more than 30 years? Surprisingly enough, the answer is yes. This CD covers all of their singles chronologically from the very start of their career (Long Tall Sally) until Apeman in 1971. Later singles such as their hit "Come Dancing" are not included.
The main reason why this compilation is so good is the high quality of the sound production for songs recorded in the sixties. Castle Music, who released this CD seem to have earned a reputation of making the best out of old material (as with the recent Emerson Lake and Palmer releases). I have most of these tracks on record or cassette but this surpasses them by far.
The song's cover the many phases of their hitmaking career from the rocky "You Really Got Me", (supposedly the first Heavy Metal riff), through their pop and hippy phases to the quirkiness of Plastic Man, Lola and Apeman. Also included as with most Kinks compilations are the Dave Davies solo hits Death of a Clown and Susannah's Still Alive.
Songs later successfully covered by other artists include All Day and All of the Night, Days and David Watts (covered by The Stranglers, Kirsty MacColl and The Jam respectively) although Stop Your Sobbing is not here as The Kinks did not release it as a single.
All in all an excellent and comprehensive compilation worth buying even if you already own the records.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the sixties classics, 20 Jan 2004
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Peter Durward Harris "Pete the music fan" (Leicester England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Singles Collection (Audio CD)
This compilation covers the period 1964 to 1971 - the stuff that really matters. The same label has released a double CD compilation tit1led Ultimate collection, which covers their later music as well. If you want their later hits, including Come dancing, that is the collection you should go for.
This contains all the classic sixties songs including You really got me, All day and all of the night, Tired of waiting for you, Dedicated follower of fashion, Well respected man, Sunny afternoon, Waterloo sunset, Autumn almanac, Days, Lola and Apeman. It also includes Dave's two solo UK hits - Death of a clown and Susannah's still alive.
The set is presented in chronological order beginning with their cover of Long tall Sally, a song that demonstrates their musical roots in R+B. They didn't stick to R+B for very long, becoming more of a mainstream pop group and continually changing their style thereafter. Nevertheless, their songs were always distinctive because of Ray's talent for making ordinary situations into extraordinary songs. My favorite Kinks song is Waterloo sunset, a huge UK hit but not an American hit. It is about romance at a railway station that I am familiar with, though I cannot possibly imagine what inspired Ray to write that song, but he was a genius.
The best tribute to the quality of their songs lies in the diversity of the covers that have been recorded by singers in several genres of music. Kirsty MacColl (Days), the Stranglers (All day and all of the night), Petula Clark (Days - and a French version of Well respected man), Cathy Dennis (Waterloo sunset, Sunny afternoon), Green day (Tired of waiting for you), Jimmy Buffett (Sunny afternoon), Van Halen (You really got me) and Barb Jungr (Waterloo sunset) are among those who have covered Kinks songs.
Despite the brilliance of some of the covers, here you get the chance to hear the original versions. If you just want a single CD of their sixties music, this one is as good as any you will find.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic songwriting, 8 July 2004
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Andy Millward (Tiptree, Essex, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Singles Collection (Audio CD)
Why has Ray Davies survived the passage of time where so many artists died a death (literal or metaphorical) in the 60s and 70s?
For starters, a proven ability to write classy and in some cases classic songs with sticking power - melodies that linger in the mind and lyrics that capture the time, place and topic without descending into whimsy or schmaltz. Combine both in a song and you can't easily forget numbers like Dedicated Follower of Fashion (THE song for Carnaby Street in the late 60s), Waterloo Sunset, Sunny Afternoon, Apeman, Lola and Days. This album charts the progress of Davies and the Kinks from mid-60s rocking riffs like You Really Got Me through a wide range of subtler material as Davies honed his songwriting skills.
Well worth the money, though this is just a starter for ten - singles might capture the 3-minute moments, but other albums deliver still more fine moments. I'm giving it four stars because the selection of singles was not always the best - Plastic Man among others sound tired and not necessarily worthy of the best of the Kinks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just classic, 11 Nov 2004
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Marvellously formed collection, beforehand, I had little interest in The Kinks, but after one listen realised what I had been missing out on for the previous 15 years. A must have for anybody with any interest, no matter how little (or huge!), in listening to The Kinks.
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