- Audio CD (September 23, 2003)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Import
- Label: Sanctuary
- ASIN: B0000BWVCD
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
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Kinks - Ultimate Collection Import
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The following are in stereo: "Waterloo Sunset", "Death Of A Clown", "Victoria", "Apeman", "Supersonic Rocket Ship", "David Watts", "Stop Your Sobbing", "Starstruck", "Shangri-La", "God's Children", "Celluloid Heroes", "Superman", "Do It Again" and "Living On A Thin Line".
"Better Things", "Come Dancing" and "Don't Forget To Dance" sound like mono, which had been phased out long before then. They could possibly be single fold-downs from stereo.
This 2-CD compilation contains ALL of their hit singles, PLUS many other favorite tracks; not many compilations can boast that! Though many of The Kinks' studio albums are worth listening to as well (The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society, for one), if you are looking for solid, thorough coverage of The Kinks at a reasonable price, the Ultimate Collection is it!
I was checking Kinks' reviews and noticed there were some differences of opinion re the band being originators of heavy metal, not that it really matters after all, being the originators of such a plodding dinosaur is hardly noteworthy. The early singles You Really Got Me and All Day And All of the Night did promote heavy chording with a raw in your face production (which Ray Davies had to fight for) but these singles exhibited much faster beat and were far more spirited than most heavy metal, which by definition is lugubrious and loud. I should also point out that Louie Louie, a song which also used staccato chording was in the Kinks early repetoire. The original version was played by Hannibal & The Headhunters from 1958; maybe they are the rosetta stone of heavy metal? Hardly, but for early metal progenitors check out Jeff Beck's Truth (1968) and Zep's first album (1969), although both discs had more to offer than heavy (base) metal.
I do think however that you could safely attribute the Kinks to having heavily influenced that basic, some might say inept, performance of minimalist r 'n b songs now called garage rock,.Read more ›
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I love how the kinks seem to play with their rhythm. I also like their satirical play on life and what's normal either in vocals or syncopation. Read morePublished 2 months ago by avid reader
This is the best Kinks collection out there. 44 songs, expertly chosen. All the hits you need mixed with some more obscure stuff. DIscovered some awesome songs I didn't know. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Matt