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Village Green Preservation Society [Import]

The KinksAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 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 (June 16, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sanctuary UK
  • ASIN: B00280J1HI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,897 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Digitally remastered and expanded deluxe three CD edition of their 1968 masterpiece includes a plethora of bonus material featuring original stereo mixes, mono versions, demos, Euro editions, instrumentals BBC sessions and more. It's easy to imagine the confusion with which this manifesto for the defence of the status quo was received on its release in 1968. The world was in turmoil and the pose of the Street Fighting Man, turned on, rebellious and politically aware, was far sexier than the quaint homebody image the Kinks present here. The title track finds Ray Davies proudly declaring himself a preservationist of custard pies, vaudeville, and such comic book characters as Desperate Dan. To compound the weirdness there's also "Big Sky", a classic Kinks song about God that's not remotely religious, and a rocker about a steam engine. The overarching theme of Village Green... is nostalgia--it's only today, now that many of the things Davies feared would disappear have actually vanished, that the truth and clarity of his vision is apparent. Sanctuary.

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the version to buy! August 2, 2009
By Byron
Format:Audio CD
There are several different CD versions of this album floating around. Don't be fooled! This is it! The only thing comparable is the Castle version from 1998, which is out of print. The price is higher than most of them but it's worth it. Definitely avoid the U.S. Reprise version. It's inexpensive but it has not been remastered and sounds bad.

Village Green is the third album in the solid 4 album run that the Kinks had in the mid/late '60's that represented the creative (though not financial) peak of their career. They were Face to Face, Something Else, Village Green and Arthur.

The Kinks would continue to produce good (and more profitable) stuff into the '70's but never as consistently good as this. Once Ray Davies started writing about the trials and tribulations of being a rock star on Lola vs. Powerman it all started getting a little wobbly.

Of the 4 albums Village Green is the best. The Kinks carved out their niche as a truly English band with its sometimes tongue-in-cheek, sometimes genuine, nostalgia for an England that was rapidly disappearing. This set them apart from the Beatles and Rolling Stones who were following and adapting the American model.

Most importantly, this version includes the original mono mix which is what was preferred by the band. Until '69 The Kinks, like The Beatles and their other British contemporaries, considered stereo mixing irrelevant, since stereo ownership was so low in the UK, and lavished all of their attention on the mono mixes. The stereo mixes, by contrast, were done quickly and, usually, without the participation of the band. I've compared the stereo mix and the mono mix and the mono wins hands-down.

Order this now! You won't regret it.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kinks at their finest January 30, 2010
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1968 was a very good year for the Kinks - though at the time no one seemed to notice much. Now TKATVGPS is considered one of the greatest albums of all time, and rightly so. It's hard to single out highlights as there are no lowlights. I'd have to say that the title track, Do you remember Walter?, Picture Book, Village Green, All of my friends were there, and People take pictures of each other are my personal favorites.
This seems like Ray Davies pinnacle. Not that he didn't produce great music before and after. But I think this is his most consistently brilliant phase. With every track on this collection his genius grows. His lyrics are sharper then usual with his great wit and pathos for the less fortunate in life. The harmony the band talks about in the CD booklet shows in their playing - which is confident, relaxed and raucous all at once. What ties the album together is the binding theme of the longing for the past. A fondness for the things of yesterday and heap of skepticism towards the present and future. The record is very much of it's time and yet ageless as well. I know these are contradictions, but that's how Ray Davies wrote them. He was a master of using irony in his storytelling.
Now I didn't notice much of a difference between the stereo and mono mixes, except that the vocals were a bit buried more in mono. What really makes this collectors edition special is the great bonus material. Different versions of Walter?, People take pictures, village green and Animal Farm give fresh perspectives to those songs. It also includes some singles and b-sides that can be gotten in other places, but their still all great songs and it's always good when a CD has Days on it (not to mention you get two here).
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Kinks CD is special February 26, 2010
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My real introduction to the Kinks was "Village Green". Of course I heard all the British Invasion hits they did but I really didn't think much of them until a friend told me that I should check this one out. I love "The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society" and you probably do too because you are reading this. I waited until a reasonably priced used copy was available because I already had a CD version of this in my collection. I cannot really discern between the mono/stereo versions of the album (I am not a recording engineer) but the out takes and bonus tracks are the true treasures here. If you don't have a copy of "The Great Lost Kinks Album" on LP, this is the closest thing you will ever get of this for now. It is not on CD as far as I know. The extensive liner notes in the ample booklet tell the tale.You need this-find a clean used copy at a good price-make yourself happy-you deserve it!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still We Yearn....Even 41 Years Later. May 14, 2010
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I first came to this Kinks album in November of 1998 right as I was preparing to end a near year long stay in San Luis Obispo, CA. Unbeknown to me at the time, it just so happened to be the album's 30th anniversary that month! My best friend John came up to visit me on his vacation and while he was there we would walk to the downtown area of San Luis and frequent Cheap Thrills Records. John had recently been getting into The Kinks and picked up two of their CDs on our very last visit to the record store. He bought the original Rhino CD reissue of "You Really Got Me" (long out of print even at that time), and the U.S. Reprise issue of "The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society." I, on the other hand, purchased two CDs of The Byrds. We took our CDs back to where I was staying, sat down on the two couches in the living room, and popped in "Village Green." Right from the upbeat strum of the acoustic guitar on the title track, we were mesmerized. We sat there through the entire album not saying a word to each other, but occasionally glancing back and forth with facial expressions of amazement and bewilderment (I specifically recall our reaction to the sped up elf voices in "Phenomenal Cat"). From Nov. 10th, 1998 to this very day The Kinks "Village Green" remains me and John's "buddy album."

I got my copy late that December as a birthday gift from John after I'd moved back to Southern California. I had already listened to it practically a thousand times on a recorded cassette I had made from his copy. In 1999, I bought the first remastered import of the album on Castle that contained both the stereo and mono versions and bonus tracks like "Days" and "Mr. Songbird.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must for any Kinks fan--
Published 2 months ago by TD Ridner
5.0 out of 5 stars A HIDDEN GEM
Having shed their early garage-rock grit in favor of more baroque arrangements, the Kinks made one of their loveliest albums, Ray Davies nostalgic ode to British pastoral life. Read more
Published 7 months ago by socalbiga
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must for any Kinks collection!
It's probably sacrilege for many Kinks fans, but I'm one that "discovered" the Kinks during their 80's comeback with albums like "Give The People What They Want," "State of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by zlh67
5.0 out of 5 stars Ray at His Best!
Great album...Ray at his best!

This 3 CD deluxe set is great for Kink fans and rock enthusiasts. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Tyler Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Deluxe Version
This should be the last edition of this album you should ever need. I had the crappy sounding version for years, so this is a bit of a revelation for me... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Uncle E
4.0 out of 5 stars Wayyy underappreciated
I've always been a casual Kinks fan and always enjoyed most of their greatest hits, but after listening to this I’ve become full-fledged. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Shaun Rody
5.0 out of 5 stars Well preserved
I don't know why I never listened to this album before since I've long been a Kinks fan and probably my favorite pop song of all time is "Waterloo Sunset," but there it is. Read more
Published on May 28, 2012 by Roland Goodbody
3.0 out of 5 stars Village Green Preservation Society (Dlx)
This CD does not include any of their top hits. This CD is for Kinks super fans only. I'm more interested in rock and this CD has many pop tunes that I'm sure many Kinks fans will... Read more
Published on May 25, 2012 by Lyn Tontz
5.0 out of 5 stars A new favorite
I'd never heard this album before a few days ago, but I picked up this Deluxe edition, along with all the other Deluxe Kinks albums after having recently heard a few songs that I... Read more
Published on March 9, 2012 by Alabaster Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars an unqualified masterpiece
I was one of the dozen or so people in the US who bought this album when it first came out in vinyl in 1968 (having already been blown out of the water by the earlier Face to Face... Read more
Published on September 7, 2011 by Paul S. Jellinek
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