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The Kinks - The Ultimate Collection Double CD
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1. You Really Got Me (Mono Mix)
2. All Day and All of the Night
3. Tired of Waiting for You
4. Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy
5. Set Me Free
6. See My Friends
7. Till the End of the Day (Mono Mix)
8. Dedicated Follower of Fashion (Mono Mix)
9. Sunny Afternoon (Mono Mix)
10. Dead End Street (Mono Mix)
11. Waterloo Sunset (Stereo Mix)
12. Death of a Clown
13. Autumn Almanac
14. Susannah's Still Alive (Mono Mix)
17. Plastic Man
18. Victoria (Stereo Mix)
19. Lola (Mono 'Cherry Cola' Single Version)
20. Apeman (Stereo Alternate Version)
21. Supersonic Rocket Ship
22. Better Things (Stereo Mix)
23. Come Dancing
24. Don't Forget to Dance
1. David Watts
2. Stop Your Sobbing
3. Dandy (Stereo Mix)
4. Mr. Pleasant
5. I Gotta Move
6. Who'll Be the Next In Line
7. I Need You
8. Where Have All the Good Times Gone
9. Sittin' On My Sofa
10. A Well Respected Man (Mono Mix)
11. I'm Not Like Everybody Else (Mono Mix)
12. Love Me Till the Sun Shines (Stereo Mix)
13. She's Got Everything (Stereo Mix)
14. Starstruck (Stereo Mix)
16. God's Children
17. Celluloid Heroes
18. (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman
19. Do It Again
20. Living On a Thin Line
2 CD Edition. Although generally not as highly regarded by the critics as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, or the Who, the Kinks may well have influenced far more musicians. The three-chord sledgehammer proto-metal burst of teenage lust called "You Really Got Me," the Kinks' third single and first hit, touched off a garage band explosion, which in turn influenced the rise of punk a decade later. Blessed with an astute songwriter in Ray Davies, the Kinks followed the template of "You Really Got Me" for a couple years, racking up hits with "All Day and All of the Night," "Tired of Waiting for You," and "Till the End of the Day." But Davies had more than one card in his pocket, and he blossomed into a sharp social satirist ("Dedicated Follower of Fashion"). By the time the album The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society was released in 1968, Davies had become a master of elegiac studies in English suburbia. The gender-bending "Lola" was a big hit in 1970 and the Kinks entered the video era in 1983 with "Come Dancing" and its memorable video. The Ultimate Collection spans the group's career in two discs, including the hits, B-sides, and key album tracks. -All Music
How Ray Davies made it through is anyone's guess. He fought constantly with his brother and bandmate Dave. He received not a penny of royalties throughout the Kinks' late-1960s heyday, due to a management dispute. He endured two divorces--the first of which saw him hospitalised in a suspected suicide attempt--and a painful break-up with Chrissie Hynde. Under terrible stress, he announced his retirement every six months from 1967 onwards. Yet somehow he held together one of the 60s' most stylish outfits, and released a string of hits that rank among the wittiest, most provocative and most socially aware songs ever written.
The first disc of the two-CD The Ultimate Collection begins with their third single and first No. 1, the insistent "You Really Got Me", then races through the glory years with the absurdly infectious likes of "Sunny Afternoon", "Waterloo Sunset", "Lola" and "Apeman". Dave's two hits are included, too, and the disc ends with "Come Dancing" and other selections from The Kinks' early-80s comeback. Disc Two includes songs that were hits for others ("David Watts" and "Stop Your Sobbing"), various B-sides and other rarities, including "God's Children", from the soundtrack of Percy, a movie about a fellow seeking the original owner of his recently transplanted penis. The Ultimate Collection is an excellent addition to the Kinks's cannon. --Dominic Wills
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Brilliant collection if you like the 60's and 70's sounds. Worth every penny spent and brought back some happy memories.
Great cd, with all the original hits on. Great price and super fast delivery.
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