The "Beginnings" series strikes again with another spectacular collection of original recordings that in this case inspired or influenced The Kinks. As with others in the series (6 Beatles collections, 2 Stones collections and one by The Who), the accompanying booklet has extremely thorough and welcome annotation. I applaud whomever performed the extensive research that resulted in these fascinating choices. I hope they're planning discs on The Yardbirds, The Animals and Jimi Hendrix as well.
Their other series, "How Britain Got the Blues", is every bit as good (if not better). Bravo to History of RnB Records for these releases and the outstanding music scholarship that accompanies them.