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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Kinksize Kollection,
This review is from: The Kinks in Mono (Audio CD)During the Brit-pop era of the 1990's, many new bands queued up to sing the Kinks' praises, and I myself ended up buying both "Village Green Preservation Society" and "Arthur", plus a "Greatest Hits" set. But due to the sheer cheapness of the packaging and sound I could not bring myself to purchase any more of their albums. And that has long been the problem; for many years record companies have treated the Kinks albums in a truly shabby way.
Now all that has changed, as the Kinks classic 60's output gets the box set that it has long deserved. Firstly, and most importantly all of this is in mono -the way music from this era should be heard.
The box itself is a real delight. Tip it over on it's front and you'll see that it is a miniature reproduction of the famous Dansette record player; the iPod of it's day, which every self-respecting teenager had in their bedroom.
The lid is totally removable, and inside you will find all seven albums from "Kinks" (1964) to "Arthur" (1969) plus three other collections of EP's, singles and a few rarities.
The album sleeves are new gatefold affairs, featuring full original artwork plus new photos on the inner spread, whilst each disc comes in an inner sleeve for added protection. The entire collection has been remastered and the resulting sound quality is excellent throughout!
The 32 page hardback booklet has been produced in the style of a 1960's pop annual, with new essays on the band by acclaimed music writer Peter Doggett.
I think this an astonishingly good set and great value for it's asking price, and much kudos goes to Sanctuary Records for putting it all together.
Update Alert: I made out a singles discography so that I know where each and every single A and B side is located on this set, and discovered that the B-side to "Autumn Almanac", "Mr. Pleasant" is not featured anywhere! is this a genuine oversight or what?
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the Kinky bees knees,
This review is from: The Kinks in Mono (Audio CD)Looking for a Christmas present for the Kinks fanatic in your life? Then you won't do better than this
What you're getting for your sixty quid are The Kinks' first seven LPs, from 1964 through to 1968, so that's "Kinks", "Kinda Kinks", "The Kink Kontroversy", "Face to Face", "Something Else by The Kinks", "The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society" and "Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)". There's no room for the US only albums, "Kinks-Size" and "Kinkdom", but you're getting virtually everything you could want, as you follow The Kinks commercial decline throughout the sixties. Now, some would say that the commercial decline was mirrored by an artistic incline, but I really do prefer the early stuff, when they were a much rawer proposition.
But it's not just about the albums, as you're also getting 4 extra EPs and 2 volumes of further collectables, all in mono, for your listening delectation. So that's "Kinksize Session", "Kinksize Hits", "Kweyt Kinks", "Dedicated Kinks", while the collectables discs, called "The Kinks Mono Kollectables" round up unissued tracks and various singles from around the world. Chuck in a 32 page, pop annual style book, memorabilia (including rare photos), discography and more. All the CD's are in digi-pack packaging, and the whole shebang is brought to you in a rigid Dansette style box.
It's a thing of beauty, and even though there has been an awful of Kinky reissuing going on, this really is the bees knees.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The KInks in Mono,
This review is from: The Kinks in Mono (Audio CD)I live in the United States and was familiar with the Kinks, but not an avid fan. I noticed this box set at an amazing price and decided to give it a try. The product was delivered 10 days before the estimate given and came in good condition. The set gives you everything you would possibly wants from the Kinks, and you can tell that there was a fair amount of thought given to the packaging of the product. It includes the first seven albums, plus an EP cd as well as two greatest hits compilations, packaged in durable mini LP covers. The music has been remastered and sounds great. I have been listening to the Kinks nonstop since this arrived. I highly recommend this product as well as amazon.co.uk!
5.0 out of 5 stars More than expected,
This review is from: The Kinks in Mono (Audio CD)I love this box set at a great price. All the early stuff with some rare extra recordings and a fantastic booklet about the formation of the band and their individual backgrounds and personalities.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sound & Presentation,
This review is from: The Kinks in Mono (Audio CD)I am very excited to finally have this in my collection. The mono mixes sound fantastic, and I just love the packaging and bonus materials. It's excellent in every way. The only way it could be better is if they had included "Lola vs Powerman & The Money-Go-Round" (and possibly "Live At Kelvin Hall"). Any of you audiophiles that have acquired and enjoyed the mono sets by The Beatles and Dylan will enjoy this as well. Now the big question is when can we expect the same from The Rolling Stones?
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential,
This review is from: The Kinks in Mono (Audio CD)After The Beatles Mono set, all serious music buyers need to get this while they can. The sound is superb as is the packaging and content. It's essential for all British ears although from my experience some Amercians may not fully appreciate the English humour which is a throw-back to the grand old days of the music hall tradition and can be rather pointed.
As for the music on each album, the last 4 are 5 star classics each, from "Face To Face" through "Arthur". The first two, "The Kinks" and "Kinda Kinks" are rather rudimentary and more basic stabs at American R 'n' B although "All The Day And All The Night" comes from this time as does "You've Really Got Me". These two albums are far more typical of the beat music style emanating from most of the groups of the initial 'British Invasion' of 1964. The third album, "Kinks Kontroversy", is the best of the earlier style and bridges the gap to the classic 'folk-rock' period that follows culminating in "Arthur", a true masterpiece about the decline of the British Empire!
The only way this set might have been improved would have been if it had been printed in Japan, the home of true audiophile CD pressings and great mini-LP styled facsimile artwork. That is why this set is considerably cheaper than the Beatles Mono set whilst being very noticably lesser quality. That said, it is still very attractive and very good quality.
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