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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
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.
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!
R.I.P. Pete Quaife
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a generally good overview of the Kinks 1964- 1966 period, but is docked one star for omitting the incredibly catchy and melodic Dandy.Published on October 21, 2013 by alan
But they could've fit a few more songs on a single CD and made this a really comprehensive CD of all their big hits. Notably missing: "Waterloo Sunset".Published on November 9, 2009 by Mike In NYC
This disc brings together 18 songs from the early phase of the Kinks' career, when they were still primarily a singles band. Read morePublished on July 27, 2007 by Laszlo Matyas
The best compilation out there capturing the Kinks in their early manic singles heyday...just before their emergence as "serious" songwriters and their turn into one of the... Read morePublished on September 21, 2005 by JG