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  • 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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The following tracks on this compilation are in mono: "You Really Got Me", "All Day And All Of The Night", "Tired Of Waiting For You", "Everybody's Gonna Be Happy", "Set Me Free", "See My Friend", "Till The End Of The Day", "Dedicated Follower Of Fashion", "Sunny Afternoon", "Dead End Street", "Autumn Almanac", "Susannah's Still Alive", "Wonderboy", "Days", "Plastic Man", "Lola", "Dandy", "Mr. Pleasant", "I Gotta Move", "Who'll Be The Next In Line", "I Need You", "Where Have All The Good Times Gone", "Sittin' On My Sofa", "A Well Respected Man", "I'm Not Like Everybody Else", "Love Me Till The Sun Shines", and "She's Got Everything".

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.
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The Kinks are, undoubtedly, one of the British 'greats' of the 1960s, along with The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and The Who. The Kinks seem to have a quintessentially British quality that is charming and immediately apparent in the brilliant songwriting of Ray Davies. Their influence has been all-pervasive, inspiring the work of later artists (like Oasis and Blur) and having their songs covered ("David Watts" - The Jam, "Stop Your Sobbing" - The Pretenders, "Victoria" - The Fall, etc.) Even more casual music listeners will likely be familiar with songs like "You Really Got Me", "All Day and All of the Night", "Tired of Waiting For You", and "Lola".

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!
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Well this has been released for some years now and anyone who has wanted to revisit The Kinks has probably bought it, but if you are thinking of getting yourself a copy don't hesitate, it is undoubtedly the best collection, both in terms of sound quality and songs. The Singles Collection is a fine CD, but go the extra distance with this which includes some later material and you won't be disappointed. The 2008 UK released Picture Book Box Set does not appear to be available as yet in the US.

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,.
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I'm not generally a fan of "best of" compilations, but this collection of 44 songs is generous and hits almost all of the bases for the Kinks. I was never a devotee of the band, but have a deep-seated respect for Ray Davies as a songwriter and social critic. Most of his superior material from the era is here, as well as input from brother Dave. The discs include early rockers, some interesting forays into pyschedelia, folky English explorations, biting social commentary and a few stadium athems from the 1980s. The Kinks were so good that one would have to purchase multiple releases to fully appreciate them - "Village Green Preservation Society," "Arthur," "Muswell Hillbillies," are just a few essential recordings. This compilation is a great shortcut for those looking for the gems. There are a few clunkers in this collection, but they are rare. The astounding songs still win the day. If looking for only 1 Kinks compilation for your collection, this is the place to start.
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this is without a doubt, the best kinks compilations period!has all the hits,rare cuts,album cuts any kinks fan could want.this is the only kinks cd you need. supreme remastering,excel ent liner notes,a must for any true fan. phillip blanchard
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