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5.0 out of 5 stars All the sixties classics
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...
Published on 1 Sep 2004 by Peter Durward Harris

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3.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed but not as much as i expected
as the title suggests expect things are remembered more fondly than they possably deserve but would not be without this
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5.0 out of 5 stars All the sixties classics, 1 Sep 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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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing, 26 Oct 2012
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bought as a gift for my brother hes an avid fan was so thrilled to be able to get his old vinyl favourites on a cd
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5.0 out of 5 stars kinks singles collection, 17 Sep 2012
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excellent you forget how good the kinks were, and how good Ray Davies was at writing all these hits well worth the money
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 July 2014
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death of a clown great song pleased
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 11 July 2014
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Very good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great listening, 11 Jun 2014
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Takes me back to my youth which were the best days of my life - just didn't realise it then.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review, 6 May 2014
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A great collection of singles. Shut your eyes and listen to this cd and transport yourself back to the sixties. A must for all Kinks fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Kinks - just Brilliance, 12 April 2014
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If you only remember one or two of Ray Davies' classic songs then this is an Album that you need on your shelf.
Everybody loved "Lola" (without realising what it was about) and thought it was a one-hit-wonder.

Ray's lyrics are amongst the best - EVER.

Thank you for the "Days" Ray.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest., 30 Jan 2014
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Pop music peaks here. No one ever did (or will ever do) better than this.
The greatest, simple as that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kinks Klassics !, 25 Jan 2014
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All the big hits from the legendary sixties band ! Highlighting the song-writing genius of Ray Davies and his brother Dave on lead guitar !
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