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Give the People What They Want [Hybrid SACD - DSD, Super Audio CD - DSD]

The KinksAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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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 (August 24, 2004)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD, Super Audio CD - DSD
  • Label: Velvel Records
  • ASIN: B0002IQIDI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,593 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Around The Dial
2. Give The People What They Want
3. Killer's Eyes
4. Predictable
5. Add It Up
6. Destroyer
7. Yo-Yo
8. Back To Front
9. Art Lover
10. A Little Bit Of Abuse
11. Better Things

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Their hard-rocking hit album (#15) from '81.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The answer's out there somewhere on the dial November 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
What genre name should we use to describe "Give the People What They Want"? Heavy new-wave? It's one of those rare '80s artifacts: an album that sounds completely of its time but hasn't aged at all. "Give the People" marries the grittiest music of the Kinks' career to nimble, intelligent songs and some of Ray Davies' sharpest lyrics. Dave Davies' guitar cuts like a buzzsaw, synth sizzles menacingly underneath, and Mick Avory brings the most punishing drum attack of any Kinks album.

Ray's songwriting was on fire. From the surreal punk-hoedown title track to the bleary "Predictable" to the gleefully deviant "Art Lover," his songs are inventive and engaging. Each one is a snapshot of lost characters in bleak situations, a glimmer of hope not appearing until the bouyant closer "Better Things." But despite the gloomy material, the album's cumulative effect is invigorating, thanks to Ray's wit and the band's bracing performances.

"Give the People What They Want" endures as the Kinks' finest album of the 1980s and one of the best hard rock albums of that decade. Don't miss it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kinks hit their 80's peak July 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD
While the albums preceding "Give The People What They Want" were both solid, neither "Sleepwalker" nor "Low Budget" prepared us for this. Ray Davies not only brings The Kinks squarely into a new decade, he takes the time to acknowledge his past. "Destroyer" revives the the propulsive two-note drive of "All The Day and All Of The Night," quotes "Lola" and marries it all to Reagan era paranoia that is quintessential Kinks.

Nostalgia aside, Davies usual delivers his typical skewed vision to the instability of relationships ("Yo Yo" and "Add It Up" featuring a then Mrs Davies, Chrissie Hynde), topical; ("Killers Eyes") and statements on the state of rock (the terrific "Around The Dial"). "Give The People What They Want" was a moment of rock and roll acknowledgement; that Davies and company were spiritual forebears to the raving punk rock that was peaking at the time and that The Kinks were legends that necessitated homage.

But homage aside, "GTPWTW" ends with one of the singular most beautiful songs Davies has ever written, "Better Days."

"Here's wishing you the bluest skies and hoping something better comes tomorrow,
Hoping all the verses rhyme and the very best of choruses to
follow all the doubt and sadness.
I know that better things are on their way."

It's delivered in the most humble of voices with a simple melody, without dipping into a maudlin sound. Davies himself recently admitted on an NPR interview that this was one of The Kinks' songs he regrets isn't better known, and frankly, makes me give this CD an essential rating. The following "State of Confusion" yielded the hit ("Come Dancing"), but "Give The People What They Want" is the superior album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And they did.. July 28, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Ray and the boys really deliver on this one. i bought this cassette because of Destroyer on the radio when i was 11 years old and enjoyed it cover to cover then i had to buy it on album too. i bought it on Cd a few years later and it hadn't lost any of its appeal to me. i find as i get older and revisit some things from my youth they often don't hold up but this one feels as fresh and good as it did then.
I admittedly know little of The Kinks other than owning a greatest hits collection and One For The Road so i can't, in good conscience, say this is their best effort since i haven't listened to enough of their others but for me it's great. Ray's lyrics are great covering things from DJ's,serial killing, assassination,Pedophilia,spousal abuse, mental illness amongst others. not your standard rock n roll lyrical fare. Saddens me to realize nearly 30 years later I'm actually living out the lyrics to Predictable.
There's a punk, new wave agressiviness to a lot of the music. i agree with a previous reviewer on Better Things-what a beautiful song. fitting way to end the record. for my money there's not a bad song on this disc.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands the test of time January 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I've in recent years revisited my teenage artistic fascinations, and often found the revisit underwhelming. I bought this album thanks to heavy MTV rotation, and it became a frequent player in my Walkman. I liked it so much, I bought it in CD-format. In my desperate early 90's college days, out of desperation and short-sightedness, I sold the CD. Though, I've never heard a single song played anywhere since then, I regretted that act. I just bought the technology to convert my LPs to mp3, and listening to this album again has brought me such joy. Ray's lyrics, tinged with cynicism (depraved pop culture), filled with empathy(domestic abuse), and intimate mourning (father's loss of a daughter). Oh, by the way, did I mention that they also take the time to ROCK! Replete with buzzing guitars, footballer anthems and rapid fire drum riffs, baby, this album has it all! I don't know what 1-star Patrick is thinking about.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have cd May 10, 2005
By S. Munn
Format:Audio CD
I'd have to agree with the other review. This is the best kinks album, I've had 2 cassettes and the album version and will definatly pick up this new SA CD. I dont know why the kinks havent put around the dial on thier greatest hits albums. I think the other reviewer below Patrick only thought there were two types of music Country and Western But then again he picked it up at a flea market.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars love the kinks
I love the Kinks, but this is not a great choice. iT is a limited collection. If you must get a collection due to limited budget, try "Come Dancing with the Kinks" for a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by poo
3.0 out of 5 stars Great album, poor Koch edition
This is a review of the Koch label issue of GTPWTW. Do not bother purchasing, look for a pressing by Universal UK. U. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ratbatblue
5.0 out of 5 stars COULD'VE BEEN RELEASED LAST WEEK
It's funny how some things either remain constant or become relevant, again, in time.
This Kinks album, along with their 'Low Budget' album, were topical when first released,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Thomas Monroe
5.0 out of 5 stars Art Lover
Another great album from the best. I assume "Art Lover" is about Chrissy Hynde taking their daughter. What a lovely ballad. Read more
Published 16 months ago by kevin j kulhawy
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the Kinks
I had this album back in the day. Hell I think that I saw this tour of America. 'Round the Dial still sounds great and Better Things is one of my favorite songs all time. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Greg11
4.0 out of 5 stars Are you listening?...
I really like this era of the Kinks though it may not be as critically regarded as their '66-'71 period. Read more
Published on June 23, 2011 by Mark H.
5.0 out of 5 stars What the People Need!
The Kinks were on a roll after "Low Budget" (1979) and the live "One for the Road" (1980) bought them some time for yet another strong studio album. Read more
Published on July 6, 2009 by Todd Bartholomew
5.0 out of 5 stars What the People Need!
The Kinks were on a roll after "Low Budget" (1979) and the live "One for the Road" (1980) bought them some time for yet another strong studio album. Read more
Published on July 6, 2009 by Todd Bartholomew
5.0 out of 5 stars What the People Need!
The Kinks were on a roll after "Low Budget" (1979) and the live "One for the Road" (1980) bought them some time for yet another strong studio album. Read more
Published on July 6, 2009 by Todd Bartholomew
5.0 out of 5 stars 25 years later?
I just noticed somebody mentioned that this is a 1981 album - personally, I owned the cassette and remember that the case was orange, but can't believe that it is 25 years... Read more
Published on May 11, 2006 by Andrew
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