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on 23 April 2011
Although Village Green Preservation Society was a commercial failure when originally released its reputation has burgeoned over the years. This reputation is well-founded. The songwriting is of a consistently high standard and the band is playing at its best.

At the time, Ray Davies was just short of enough material for a great double album. The first 12-track single album was hastily withdrawn amidst arguments about the best way ahead, to be replaced by the better known 15-track version. Five songs were added by the change and two songs removed: Days (which had become a successful single) and Mr Songbird. The confusion resulted in a botched publicity programme and, when eventually released into the new world of hard rock and revulutionary student politics, the album's unifying theme of memories about people and place had become deeply unfashionable.

Thus, despite its earlier obscurity, Village Green Preservation Society is a first class slice of British pop/rock. The main question is whether you should buy this 3-CD "deluxe" version or go with the single CD, saving £5 or so. The following notes might help you choose.

In the CD age, the fashion for bonus tracks has resulted in versions of the album that include all 17 of the original tracks. However, if you look at the current single CD version you find Days and Mr Songbird buried amongst alternate versions of songs repeated from earlier in the track listing. In contrast, on the stereo version that comprises the first CD in this 3-CD, the long-standing 15 track album is followed immediately by Mr Songbird and Days, the latter finally taking its rightful place at the end of the "full" album. "Thank you for the days....."

CD number 2 is a mono version of the 17 tracks in the same running order, with some good near contemporary songs as a bonus. My own view is that is too little difference between the mono and stero versions for the 2nd CD to offer much value, but doubtless there are some completists who would beg to differ. However, since the current single CD version mixes stereo and mono tracks, either one of the first two CDs in this "deluxe" version is likely to sound more consistent.

The 3rd CD contains a number of rarities recorded from the same period. The best of these is Misty Waters, which would have readily slotted into Village Green's concept. Others such as Lavender Hill and Rosemary Rose might have helped transform it into a classic double album. Inevitably the third CD also contains quite a lot of forgettable stuff including the instrumentals such as "Mick Avory's Underpants" - personally I would be about as willing wear Mick Avory's underpants than listen to it again. But all things considered, the CD-3 is a clinching argument for spending the extra few quid compared to the single CD alternative.
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on 3 October 2013
While 'The Village Green Preservation Society' was largely underappreciated by the music press and record-buying public upon its release in 1968, it was nevertheless a masterpiece and an album unlike any other. This 3-disc set with mono and stereo versions, and extra disc of further bonus tracks is a wonderful testament to an outstanding, landmark album by The Kinks, one of Britain's very best bands of all time. The liner notes are informative and extensive, and round out an excellent package overall. Mentioned also is the praise that Pete Townshend accords this album and Ray Davies' sonwriting. Top recommendation. Yes indeed, God Save the Village Green...
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The Village Green Preservation Society was released to complete indifference in the Sixties - it was untrendy, out of touch and out of vogue. Yet we now know better!

Time has been the judge of this album and the record buying public has re-discovered this album and found it to be a genuine classic.

The album is quintessentially English, yearning for a time when life was slower and life was more simple. It is a beautiful collection of songs with great lyrics, sweet sentiments and gorgeous melodies.

The expanded version is a treat to behold and gives the album the full treatment it deserves.
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on 2 November 2011
Did own the single disk. Now upgraded to this 3-disc edition. Lots of extra stuff here especially disc three is worth the deal,for a very reasonable price. Very nice deluxe packaging. Will buy more Kinks deluxe editions when their price reaches the same level as this one
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on 16 March 2016
Well repackaged with great booklet etc but for me the kinks remain a singles band.
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on 5 September 2010
This 3 CD version of the Kinks brilliant 1968 album gathers together the mono & stereo versions of the original UK LP`s beautifully remastered with a third CD of rare & unreleased gems! Stunning value for money too.
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on 13 April 2013
Is this a concept album? I don't know.
Is it a rarely mentioned gem? Yes

I picked up a three CD edition of this, purely because it was the most Mellotronic KInks album, It's slapped over most of it and is really quite yummy, But of course songs count for more than 'Tron and songs this has. In abundance. You know? I really can't forget Walter and songs about chuffy trains are always welcome. As is the Sherlock Holmes English speaking vernacular.

So, I say to you BUY! My Walter-Ego also says BUY! So what are you waiting for?
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on 7 March 2016
Pure nostalgia, Joy!
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