Extra Tracks, Import, Remastered
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Remastered with Additional Bonus Tracks. Repackaged with Original Artwork Including New Sleeve Notes and Lyrics. Bonus Tracks Include: ælong Tall SallyÆ, æyou Still Want MeÆ, æyou Do Something to MeÆ, æi Gotta Go NowÆ, æi've Got that FeelingÆ, ælouielouieÆ and More.
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Andrew Sandoval and Dan Hersch did the remastering honors here and they've done a good job with the material. If you're a wave form kind of person, these are louder and slightly more compressed than the original PRT CD's BUT they also sound better to me despite this due to better source tapes, A/D conversion, etc. Keep in mind that your mileage may vary depending on your ears but they still have decent dynamics and sound better than the much maligned previous masters (less harsh to me). These aren't what I would consider audiophile type of presentations but they are still good and sound pretty darn good as well despite the issues with compression.
This deluxe edition presents the debut album including their Top 10 hit singles "You Really Got Me" and "All of the Day and All of the Night" in stellar form; we get the original album in both mono and stereo versions. Also included are demos they recorded as the Bo-Weevils ("I Believed You" and the amusingly titled "I'm A Hog for You Baby")along with all their singles and b-sides from the time period. We also get eight previously unreleased tracks/demos for this edition.
Disc one features the original stereo album along with previously released demos/singles that were on the 1998 reissue. New to this disc is the demo version of "Everybody's Gonna Be Happy". There is not true stereo mix for "You Really Got Me" and the one that was on the original stereo album had added reverb. That version is included here.
Disc two features the mono edition of the album plus alternate takes of "Too Much Monkey Business", "Got Love If You Want It" (neither of which has been previously released)plus five previously unreleased BBC sessions of songs from the album as well as two brief interviews with Ray discussing "You Really Got Me" and touring America.
We also get a deluxe booklet with recording details, an essay on the making of the album and photos.
The Kinks would continue to improve with each album but this original album with the one-two punch of "You Really Got Me" will remind fans just how innovative the band could be at the time.