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

The KinksAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,811 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
See all 25 tracks on this disc

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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112 of 114 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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52 of 57 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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32 of 36 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!: starling.rinet.ru/music) 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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to get the songs you want . . . September 7, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Let's face it: The Kinks, like the Stones and the Who, were not the producers of the most consistent LP's when they were in their prime. Until Something Else, a typical Kinks LP had a couple of singles, a couple of B-sides, and may one or two other notable tracks and then the rest could be considered relative filler (whether it be songs aping earlier experiments by the Beatles or retreads of Kinks' formulas that had worked previously). With this collection, you can get great clean versions of their early singles without having to purchase four or five albums that you generally skip past half the songs on when listening to.
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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 15 days ago by Karyn Janes
4.0 out of 5 stars 60's rock
The Kinks had some great music. If you like the Zombies, you will like the Kinks. Get it and enjoy.
Published 2 months ago by S. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best from Great Artists.
A must for fans of the British Invasion. Ray Davies is still making great music and this CD has all of the Kinks great early music.
Published 2 months ago by Milt Fritz
5.0 out of 5 stars Exelent
Lovely collection of some of my favorite music. It's really neat to see their songs in release order so you can get a sense of how they evolved as a band.
Published 3 months ago by nicholas
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't transfer into iTunes
I am very upset. I paid for this album and still can't get it on my iPod because apparently Amazon has some sort of proprietary software on here. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sarah Dove Heider
4.0 out of 5 stars If it just had Celluloid Heroes....
Never dug the Kinks during the onslaught of the "British Invasion." That, however, seems to be just my opinion, because one of my favorite "have to take to a desert... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bill Board
5.0 out of 5 stars Mono Or Stereo
Can anyone tell me if this collection is in mono or stereo? Or if just certain songs are in stereo and which ones?
Published 4 months ago by Richard Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kinks Singles Collection
This album is a must have for any Kinks fan. It has all of their hits from the 60's. The next one to get after this would the Arista years 77 to 86.
Published 4 months ago by buddy
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kinks The Singles Collection
I love the Kinks The Singles Collection CD because it has the following songs that I like which includes:

You Really Got Me

All Day and All of the Night... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Paula M. Flynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Condition
It Looks And Sounds Just A Good As New And I Definitely Enjoy That Particular Disc As One Of My Favorite Oldies To Listen To And Enjoy Practicing The Guitar Along With Three Of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Christopher Berrett
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