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Come Dancing with the Kinks: The Best of the Kinks 1977-1986 [Original recording remastered]

The KinksAudio CD
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The Kinks were formed by brothers Ray and Dave Davies in their hometown of Muswell Hill, North London. The brothers began playing skiffle and rock and roll, recruiting Peter Quaife to play bass with them. By the summer of 1963, as The Ravens, they'd recruited drummer Mickey Willet. Eventually their demo tape reached American record producer Shel Talmy who helped the band land a contract ... Read more in Amazon's The Kinks Store

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  • Audio CD (March 8, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Velvel / Koch
  • ASIN: B0007KTB8A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,075 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Come Dancing
2. Low Budget
3. Catch Me Now I'm Falling
4. A Gallon Of Gas
5. (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman (Disco Edit)
6. Sleepwalker
7. Full Moon
8. Misfits
9. A Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy
10. Do It Again
11. Better Things
12. Lola (Live)
13. You Really Got Me (Live)
14. Good Day
15. Living On A Thin Line
16. Destroyer
17. Don't Forget To Dance
18. Father Christmas

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The Kinks reached their peak of success with 1983's Come Dancing , one of many hits they had during their '70s/'80s Arista years. This anthology of that era has been remastered as a Hybrid SACD, so these have never sounded so good: Come Dancing; Sleepwalker; A Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy; Don't Forget to Dance; Do It Again; (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman (disco edit); Lola (live), and more!

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best collection of the Kinks' second half. April 11, 2005
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A scintillating remaster of a terrific collection of songs, "Come Dancing" sounds glorious.

For a group that usually comes in fourth on the list of the greatest British rock bands (Beatles, Stones, Who...), this disc collates their later period.

As you'll see, however, they manage to "cover" their earlier hits as well.

They have a number of killer singles here, opening with "Come Dancing". The Kinks have always excelled in bringing witty little 'slices of life' to their tunes, in a way we didn't see until the earlier Squeeze records.

Their rock songs have a surprising crunch to them, and it is a testament to their quality that Green Day could cover "Do It Again" note for note, and the youngsters in the crowd wouldn't know the difference.

Then again, The Kinks sorta cover themselves throughout this disc. There are the live versions of "Lola" and "You Really Got Me". Then there are the chords from the aforementioned "Do It Again"...

...but it reaches an apex with "Destroyer", which cribs liberally from "All Day and All of The Night", mentions "Lola" and pretty much introduces the Sixties half of the Kinks' career to the Seventies' fans...'s a total party of a song...

"Low Budget", "Misfits", "Don't Forget To Dance"...all great spins.

And then we get "Father Christmas"! One of the great modern Christmas rockers.

Sweet liner notes and a gatefold LP-like cover make this uncommonly easy to recommend.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's The Only Thing That Gets Him By May 30, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I love Ray Davies.
I know Dave Davies has always been the critic's darling--all that talk about Dave being the godfather of punk guitar isn't so far off the mark--but Ray Davies has the best heart in Rock & Roll.
But all that matters not a nit to much of the American public, who always left the Kinks sitting in second place behind the troika of Stones, Beatles and Who--maybe even behind Led Zeppelin and the over-ranked Animals--when it comes to discussions of British Rock. That's a shame, because the Kinks songwriting is as good or better than all of the above sans Beatles; Ray Davies lyrics are, at times, Dickensian.
COME DANCING WITH THE KINKS mines the Kinks most successful commercial period (In the USA, at least) from '77 to '86. The band seemed to be more intent on conquering the USA than they had been in the mid/late 1960s, and their problems with American unions, which had given the Kinks a lot of trouble a decade earlier, seemed to ease. They became known as a touring band in the States, a reputation which crumbled after a very well publicized onstage battle between the Davies brothers right here in Washington DC.
Though there is one minor bow to the then-omnipresent Disco--"Wish I Could Fly Like Superman," COME DANCING WITH THE KINKS is mostly full of nostalgia for the old ballrooms, desperate pleas for the band to stay together, and Rays infatuation with psychological oddities. Included are some of my favorite Kinks tunes, including "Do It Again," "Destroyer," "Come Dancing," "Don't Forget to Dance," and my All Time Favorite Kinks Record, "Sleepwalker." There's never been a better melding of Rays lyrics, Daves guitar, a great Ray vocal, and hot Kinks backing vocals.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Overview of the Kinks' Arista Years November 9, 2000
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This is actually the third incarnation of Come Dancing with the Kinks. When first released in 1986, it was a double-LP and contained 19 songs. Arista then released it as a single CD with only 16 songs--deleting "Sleepwalker," "Catch Me Now I'm Falling" and "Misits." Now Velvel comes along and re-releases the CD with 18 tracks. Velvel drops the live version of "Celluloid Heroes," which is understandable. After all, it was first recorded for RCA. But why did they also drop "Juke Box Music," "Long Distance" and "Heart of Gold" yet keep live versions of the Reprise hits "You Really Got Me" and "Lola"? If this is an Arista retrospective, let's stick with the studio recordings the Kinks recorded for Arista. [Also, "Long Distance" was something of a rarity in that it was originally available only on the cassette version of 1983's State of Confusion.]
What Velvel DOES do is restore "Catch Me Now I'm Falling," "Sleepwalker" and "Misfits" from the orignal vinyl release, then adds "A Gallon of Gas" from 1979's Low Budget and "Good Day" from 1984's Word of Mouth.
The Kinks' tenure at Arista (1977-1986) returned the band to the Top 40 for the first time since 1970, and "Come Dancing" matched their highest U.S. chart position, reaching No. 6 in 1983. ["Tired of Waiting for You" in 1965 was the only other Kinks' single to chart that high.] Their only other hits for Arista were "A Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy" (No. 30, 1978) and "Don't Forget to Dance" (No. 29, 1983).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not studio music, live
Got this for my mom. She likes it but a little bummed it's all live and not studio.
Published 1 month ago by Kathleen Leatherbury
4.0 out of 5 stars An Original 1960s British Invasion Band Makes A Comeback In 1977!
When it came to music by The Kinks: I was stuck in the 60s because that band had some great songs during that period and those tunes are the ones I was mostly familiar with by this... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ronnie's Opinion
1.0 out of 5 stars Possible error in posting reviews.
Don't remember ordering or receiving this item
Published 3 months ago by S. Walker
2.0 out of 5 stars worth the wait? i hope so.
We ordered this item on December 2, 2013. It has still not arrived. While we did get a digital download of the item, we prefer to have the actual cd in hand. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Panda71
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sounding two record vinyl set.
(ARISTA-1986 two record vinyl album)--- No clicks, pops, hiss or warp; not heavy weight audiophile vinyl but sound is excellent. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Liberalismiscommunismbythedrink
4.0 out of 5 stars sonically excellent
This is a great compilation of the Kinks' music throughout the years, especially a very active period throughout the 70's and early 80's. Read more
Published 9 months ago by ChefBum
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Kinks 1977 - 1986
It was 1963 or 1964 (unimportant which) when I, like a few million others, heard over the airwaves "Du dudu du" - probably the world's very first heavy metal riff including a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars It is the Kinks, what more to say.
I have a friend that hates complications. "You should get all their albums." Yet for groups with the breath of material that the Kinks have that makes no sense. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Paul H Van Horne
4.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for any Kinks fan!
This album is a must-have for any Kinks fan! Originally released in 1986 this compilation album covers what some see as the "glory days" of the Kinks, mostly when the band was... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kurt A. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Many hits
These are some great kinks songs Ray and Dave Davies really churned out some hits back in the day, price was really good
at 5.99 cant beat it!
Published 15 months ago by Mark Petersen
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