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5.0 out of 5 stars About time!, 29 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Hidden Treasures (Audio CD)
Thanks to Kinks fan Russell Smith for this review, first published on the Dave Davies Q&A forum:

"Dave Davies Hidden Treasures has probably taken as much work to
pulling together as the Picture Book box set did. In my humble opinion it a very
important release. Yes, strictly speaking it is a compilation - but, in reality
it is far more than that and certainty more important and should not be
considered just another arbitrary rounding-up-of-tracks that the Kinks down the
years have been victim to. Whilst it will not have quite the impact now, had it
been released back in 2002 or 2004, it is still a very important release not
least because it pieces together one of last enigmas in the Kinks catalogue, the
long overdue and eagerly awaited recordings that were considered and recorded
for Davies Davies's legendary unreleased 1969 solo album, including the
remaining unreleased tracks.

Thoughtfully compiled it includes outtakes, rarities, alternate mixes, as well
as all of Dave Davies's Pye singles (in pristine quality) from 1967 when Death
of a Clown rode high in the charts, until 1969 when the first phase of his solo
career was put on hold. The entire album is *newly* mastered by Andrew Sandoval
(the sound quality is gorgeous and makes it stands apart from what has gone
before on that point alone) an extensively researched 7000-word liner note essay
written by yours truly, along with a very detailed track and recording
annotations provided and prepared by Doug Hinman. All housed in a beautifully
designed package, containing rare images and memorabilia throughout. In my
humble opinion it is probably the best prepared and researched Kinks archive
release released to date.

I'm not going to spoil all the surprises, but I will say the alternate version
of Mr. Reporter is not the 1998 remix, but a 1969 alternate version."

Brgds

Russell Smith
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Initial post: 1 Nov 2011 12:00:51 GMT
John Doe says:
This Man He Weeps Tonight in Mono had some bad clicks around the 11 to 15 second mark on the Kinks Arthur Deluxe Edition. Have they been corrected on the version found on this title? Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Nov 2011 19:46:31 GMT
G. Eggens says:
According to Andrew Sandoval, yes!

Posted on 3 Nov 2011 00:02:12 GMT
The first 45rpm disc I bought was Kinksize Hits, in 1966, so I've been a fan of Dave, Ray & the legend of the kinks for most of my life.

I'm only really familiar with the main hits that Dave also had, so I very much appreciate the work of dediKated fans and experts including yourself in putting this release together.

Thanks also to all concerned for ironing out the audible Kinks in the recordings (groan) if Mr. Doe's query has been resolved!

If I can't drop enough hints to people around Xmas about it for Santa to bring a copy for me, I'll be buying it myself!
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