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Greatest Hits

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The Kinks Greates Hits Vol. 1 (1997, St. Clair Entertainment Group Inc.) Released in Canada. Not a single finger print, or skip on this cd!!!! Plays like new, no skips!!! CD is in good condition, only minor wear on the outer jewel case. Includes all original artwork and fold out.

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The Kinks' early singles set a new standard for raucousness. "Louie Louie" chord progressions and monosyllabic declarations of lurve (love definitely isn't a strong-enough word) drove "You Really Got Me," "All Day and All of the Night," and "I Need You." Only maniacal cackles from guitarist Dave Davies could've heightened their simple eloquence--and he provided even those before his solos on "Got Me" and "All Day." But brother Ray's observational talents quickly began to show: the optimistic "Till the End of the Day" is shadowed by an unspoken wistfulness, while "A Well Respected Man," "Dedicated Follower of Fashion," and "Sunny Afternoon" remain among the most cutting portraits of Britain's upper-class strivers. Both of the band's main impulses continue to be immensely influential, while the enraged "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" merges them in a three-and-a-half-minute burst of cold fury that few bands would match until the Sex Pistols era. --Rickey Wright

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. You Really Got Me
  2. All Day And All Of The Night
  3. Set Me Free
  4. Who'll Be The Next In Line
  5. Come On Now
  6. Everybody's Gonna Be Happy
  7. I Need You
  8. Till The End Of The Day
  9. Tired Of Waiting For You
  10. Well Respected Man
  11. You Do Something To Me
  12. You Still Want Me
  13. Stop Your Sobbing
  14. Something Better Beginning
  15. Dedicated Follower Of Fashion
  16. I'm Not Like Everybody Else
  17. Where Have All The Good Times Gone
  18. Sunny Afternoon


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000032AP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,630 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 27, 2000
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This is an essential purchase for fans of British Invasion pop/rock music. During the years 1964 to 1966, the Kinks placed eight songs in the U.S. Top 40. The rest of the album is rounded out with key album tracks (like "Stop Your Sobbing") as well as all of the Kinks' British singles (with the glaring exception of their No. 10 U.K. hit "See My Friends").
You get the raw energy of "You Really Got Me" and the sound-alike "All Day And All of the Night," but singer/songwriter/guitarist Ray Davies would not be pigeon-holed and would write later hits like the lovely "Set Me Free," and songs that would poke fun at conformity ("Dedicated Follower of Fashion") and ridicule British income tax laws ("Sunny AFternoon") and the superficiality of a 9-to-5 existence ("A Well Respected Man").
The albums that these songs were taken from (like "Kinks-Size," "Kinda Kinks," "Kinkdom") were from a period when the Kinks were essentially a singles band. And while there is much to enjoy on these early albums, this greatest hits package gives you the essentials. Starting in 1967 their albums as a whole were much stronger and I would recommend also getting albums like "Something Else," "Face to Face" and "Village Green Preservation Society" to round out your Sixties-era Kinks kollection. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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This CD is a definite must if you don't know a lot about the Kinks, but know that you like "You Really Got Me," or "All Day And All Of The Night." Going beyond those two songs this CD expands on the Davies genious and gives you a glimpse of why they actually are credited as helping start the punk movement nearly a decade later. Yet other songs stick to the pop ballad formula of the 60's British Invasion. If you buy this CD with the belief this is all the Kinks had to offer you are WRONG. This CD is merely a stepping stone for those unfamiliar with the KINKS. I would have given this CD 5 stars for the music, but due to the recording quality... something that was out of their control due to contracts and copyright ownership in the 80s, I gave it a 4. Not a bad recording, but their remastered stuff is far better. Sad to say this recording label hasn't done so yet. Still it's a must!
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This is a great selection of early Kinks songs. But, if you are a true fan you should buy their masterful albums. You can buy this as well, as there is very little overlap (except for "Face to Face"). Here is the order in which I recommend buying them:
1. Something Else By The Kinks (5 stars)
2. Face to Face (5 stars)
3. Village Green Preservation Society (5 stars)
4. Arthur... (5 stars)
5. Lola Versus Powerman & The Moneygoround (4.5 stars)
6. Misfits (4 stars)
7. Muswell Hillbillies (4 stars)
The first five are masterpieces. "Something Else" and "Village Green" are cohesive ensemble pieces; "Face to Face" is a fabulous collection of songs. Note that this is not a ranking; this is just the order in which I recommend buying these gems.
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I am a relative youngster of 27 years and I certainly did not grow up with '60s music, but the Kinks have a raw, aggressive power that translates well into the 2000s!
Everyone is familiar with their hits that are played on oldies radio, but there was so much stuff on this CD that I never heard before and liked BETTER than their radio hits!
I can not reccomend this CD any more highly. ESSENTIAL!
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By A Customer on September 30, 1999
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These are great songs, no doubt, but somehow something got lost in the mix to CD. You Really Got Me and I Need You especially lose the original punch they had on vinyl. I don't know what it is, but they just sound thinner and less exciting on CD. Maybe too "clean," even. Other than that, great stuff. I'm glad they at least kept it in mono.
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If one is looking for a " Greatest Hits " cd from the early sixties ( 64-66 ) by the Kinks, then this is...THE...one to have. It contains eighteen early classics as...ONLY...the Kinks can do. Let's face it, NOBODY else could perform...ANY ONE...of the songs HALF as good as the Kinks. I've been looking for this for ages and finally found it and glad I did. Whether you're a longtime die-hard Kinks fan...or a newcomer, this is one Must-Have cd. So, buy it, play it, and be sure to crank up the volume...after all...IT'S...THE...KINKS !
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The inexhaustible "You Really Got Me" introduced the band Stateside with Dave Davies' primal guitar riff (solo too) as dirty sounding and equally memorable as that of "Satisfaction". This stands as one of rock's greatest singles. Gee, "Till the End of the Day" could have fit this mold too. But it was clearly brother Ray Davies' songcraft and vocals that would eventually catapult the band to its ambitious concepts. This recap, with Ray dominating, covers their early period with several songs already having serious lyrical content. Chief among the missing is the lovely "See My Friends". But showcasing superb English B-sides, such as "Who'll Be the Next in Line" and "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" more than even up the score. With his satirical attack on conservative society, "A Well Respected Man", Ray redefined his lyric approach for the first time. His social wit went further to the extreme and mirthfulness permeated the self-promoting character in "Dedicated Follower of Fashion". The biggest leap in Ray's art, however, was on the not-so-funny "Sunny Afternoon". The pathos in his voice enforced the bruised solitude of a man who's lost everything. The slow-moving melody accentuated the song's purpose. Then there were those gorgeous harmonies from Ray's first wife, Rosa. Until their classic LP "Face To Face", which does include "Sunny Afternoon", most of their commercial and artistic success was owed to their singles. And this eighteen-song compendium does flattery to their accomplishments during the British Invasion years.

R.I.P. Pete Quaife
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