The Kinks Choral Collection
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2009 release from legendary British Rock icon Ray Davies, who returns with all your favorite Kinks songs backed by the spectacular Crouch End Festival Chorus. Singer/songwriter Davies fronted The Kinks from their inception in the '60s until their dissolution three decades later in the early '90s (although there have been hints of a reunion in recent years). This must-have album includes brand new renditions of 15 Kinks klassics including 'Waterloo Sunset', 'You Really Got Me', 'All Day and All of the Night, 'Shangri-La', 'Victoria' and many more phenomenal tunes. Decca.
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"I think these songs fit together really well as a record," Davies says. "I couldn't re-record anything unless I could bring something new to it, and I think I certainly have."See all Editorial Reviews
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Copied and gave to friends at Christmas time last year. Bought a new copy this year to replace my lost one. Whatever
you do get the copy with Chrissie Hynde of the Pretendersl doing the the lead off track. To hear the Kinks music with
a choir behind it was an awesome surprise. Wish the band could reform.
When the approach works, it works very well. The version of "Days" here takes back the crown for my favorite version of the song from Elvis Costello, who covered it on Kojak Variety. Davies takes the gentle folk rock of the original and recasts it as a beautiful piece of melancholia to open the album with...quite nice. The choir also does wonders for "Shangri-La" and is particularly good on a medley of songs from The Village Green Preservation Society. However, the choir approach adds absolutely nothing to "Waterloo Sunset" or "Victoria," and the inclusion of "Working Man's Cafe" here not only is much, much worse than the original, but seems almost like a cynical attempt to point Kinks fans in the direction of his solo work (very much worth seeking out, by the way). The versions of "You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of the Night" here are interesting choral experiments, but that's all they really are--interesting.
This is one of those times that I wish Amazon allowed us to use half stars, or letter grades, or something, because this is in no way bad enough to warrant a 3 or below, but not really good enough for a 4 in my mind. 3.5 doesn't work because it succeeds just a little more often than it fails. And it gets bonus points for "Days" and the "Village Green Medley." This could have been a pretentious cash grab, and it really isn't...at least not for the most part. 3.75 stars, if such a thing could exist.
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