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The Singles Collection [Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered]

The KinksAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 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 (May 3, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sanctuary UK
  • ASIN: B0001XLXDE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,983 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Long Tall Sally
2. You Still Want Me
3. You Really Got Me
4. All Day & All Of The Night
5. Tired Of Waiting For You
6. Everybody's Gonna Be Happy
7. Set Me Free
8. See My Friends
9. Till The End Of The Day
10. Where Have All The Good Times Gone
11. Dedicated Follower Of Fashion
12. Well Respected Man
13. Sunny Afternoon
14. Dead End Street
15. Waterloo Sunset
16. Death Of A Clown
17. Autumn Almanac
18. David Watts
19. Susannah's Still Alive
20. Wonderboy
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Editorial Reviews

2008 digitally remastered reissue of this collection from the quintessential '60s British Rock/Pop band led by singer/songwriter Ray Davies. Originally released in 1997, this selection of their '60s recordings for Pye Records is the perfect introduction to the world of the Davies brothers and the honest sound of British Rock during this period. The Kinks' '60s recordings have been extremely influential for generations of bands, beginning with the Punk and Mod movements of the late '70s onwards. Features 25 hits including 'Lola', 'David Watts', 'You Really Got Me', 'Tired Of Waiting For You' and 'All Day And All Of The Night'. Sanctuary.

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118 of 120 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the sixties classics September 1, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This compilation covers the period 1964 to 1971 - the stuff that really matters. The same label has released a double CD compilation tit1led Ultimate collection, which covers their later music as well. If you want their later hits, including Come dancing, that is the collection you should go for.

This contains all the classic sixties songs including You really got me, All day and all of the night, Tired of waiting for you, Dedicated follower of fashion, Well respected man, Sunny afternoon, Waterloo sunset, Autumn almanac, Days, Lola and Apeman. It also includes Dave's two solo UK hits - Death of a clown and Susannah's still alive.

The set is presented in chronological order beginning with their cover of Long tall Sally, a song that demonstrates their musical roots in R+B. They didn't stick to R+B for very long, becoming more of a mainstream pop group and continually changing their style thereafter. Nevertheless, their songs were always distinctive because of Ray's talent for making ordinary situations into extraordinary songs. My favorite Kinks song is Waterloo sunset, a huge UK hit but not an American hit. It is about romance at a railway station that I am familiar with, though I cannot possibly imagine what inspired Ray to write that song, but he was a genius.

The best tribute to the quality of their songs lies in the diversity of the covers that have been recorded by singers in several genres of music.
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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great overview of the Kinks' tenure on Pye March 16, 2006
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"The Singles Collection" is a great survey of the Kinks' singles on Pye Records, including initial Beatles facsimiles (including awkward "woo!" falsetto), successful forays into hard rock ("You Really Got Me" has been called the first heavy metal song) and psychedelia ("See My Friends" showcases this little-known aspect of the band), and finally the quirky social commentary that they're probably best known for today ("Well Respected Man," "Dead End Street," and numerous other gems).

This compilation covers the albums from the debut "Kinks" through "Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround Part One," but a substantial portion of these tracks were standalone singles. That means that this collection hardly tells the whole story-- in fact, important albums like "The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society" and "Arthur or The Decline and Fall of the British Empire" are barely represented at all. But it also makes this disc a valuable resource for excellent non-album tracks like "Set Me Free" and "Autumn Almanac" that can be hard to find elsewhere with such crisp sound quality.

I recommend this compilation to Kinks newbies and hardcore fans alike, because it's both a competent primer on the band's first decade as well as a great source for some hard-to-find music. Just be sure you also pick up the albums, at least from "Face to Face" onward, to get the full picture of this indispensable band.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Kinks Collection January 22, 2006
Format:Audio CD
George Starostin could not give the Kinks a perfect 5 on his classic rock review site (a great site!: because the Kinks lacked a "perfect" album, where every song was incredible, not just good. Arthur came close for him, but not quite. However, I believe this is the "perfect" Kinks album, even though I prefer their released albums. This is not a greatest hits compilation, just a singles compilation, the equivalent to the Beatles' Past Masters. This album has all of their singles from '64 - '71 I believe, and every song is great! The Ultimate collection offers more, but if you're new to the Kinks, start with this colection that captures their golden years. If you love this, move to the albums. You should not be disappointed with this collection. Some beautiful stuff.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kinks must haves October 12, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Fills the holes in the Itunes collection. All are Kinks classics that one must have to satisfy a craving for the lads. Sunny Afternoon, Dedicated follower of Fashion, Well Respected Man, Waterloo Sunset (original version-not live!) & Victoria (also original studio & not live!) A true collectors item. Great quality remastered recordings. All cuts sound great! This collection of their oldies provides the rare as well as the big hits. It is the most complete collection that I've found.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is The Kinks CD for the Oldies Collector September 8, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I just found this CD about a week ago. I have been looking for the original of Sunny Afternoon, and Tired of Waiting For You, for a long time. However, I got a bonus in Set Me Free, which I had completely forgotten about. I now have happily completed The Kinks section of my collection and with a sound quality that is much better than I had expected. If you are a fan of the original Kinks hits, buy this CD. You will not be disappointed. If you are a collector, as I am, see my title.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Kinks greatest hits collection (sound + songs) November 29, 2010
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This one has a great deep rich sound quality, much better than the Rhino one I have AND has more songs, like Victoria (I LOVE this song) and Ape Man.
If you like the Kinks (or need to find out how great they are and/or want to expand your horizons) get this disc!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love the originial versions
Published 3 days ago by Arthur J Attenborough Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent album
Published 5 days ago by HARVEY I CONTRERAS
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kinks
I highly recommend this CD. I love their later singles too, SUNNY AFTERNOON, DEADEND STREET,
Published 25 days ago by Ernie Seewer
5.0 out of 5 stars So under-rated it is disgraceful!!! Hail to the Kinks!!!
So many amazing songs. I was mainly exposed to their mid-late 70's music (Sleepwalker, Misfits, Low Budget), the "Arista" years, and loved them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeffrey L. Witt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As advertized.
Published 1 month ago by Mike Nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be overlooked by anyone.........................
This is a great colloection of one of the most overlooked groups of their time.An inventive songer in Ray Davies who should be grouped with Dylan and Lennon and McCartney and Paul... Read more
Published 1 month ago by MusicLover
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good cd
Published 2 months ago by Gary W York
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this cd !
I purchased The Singles Collection by The Kinks. I love this cd so much ! They had some great songs back then. Delivery was great.
Published 3 months ago by Susan C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great selections from one of the most underrated British groups of all times. The quality is there as was the fast delivery. It's now one of my most iPod listened to albums. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Heywood Jablowme
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of songs
Awesome! I love The Kinks! Great collection of songs. It really sounds fantastic. Any Kinks fan will love this collection.
Published 5 months ago by K Janes
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