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Come Dancing With the Kinks: The Best of the Kinks 1977-1986 Original recording remastered

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The Kinks, Come Dancing With the Kinks: The Best of the Kinks 1977-1986

After Ray Davies exorcised his theatrical demons on the Preservation, Soap Opera, and contract-closing Schoolboys in Disgrace albums, the Kinks left RCA for Arista and what would be their most successful string of stateside albums. Under Clive Davis's direction, Ray returned to writing tighter pop songs, while brother Dave rediscovered the joy of simple power chords. This compilation of tracks from the band's Arista years gathers some of the decade's most contagious works, including "Catch Me Now I'm Falling," "Sleepwalker," "Superman," "Destroyer," Dave's "Living on a Thin Line," and the title track, whose roller-rink organ and music-hall nostalgia made the Kinks MTV heroes. Sure, "A Gallon of Gas" and the tub-thumping "Low Budget" slip into novelty terrain, but they're offset by a selection of revved-up live tracks ("Lola," "You Really Got Me"), wistful masterpieces ("A Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy," "Misfits," "Don't Forget to Dance," "Good Day"), and the best working-class Xmas anthem ever ("Father Christmas"). All in all, a fine sampling of the Kinks' second coming. --Bill Forman

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
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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 24, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1977
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Velvel / Konk / Koch
  • ASIN: B00004YLBN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,591 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By M J Heilbron Jr. VINE VOICE on April 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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 By David Bradley on 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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
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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