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The Singles Collection - The Kinks Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered

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2008 digitally remastered reissue of this collection from the quintessential '60s British Rock/Pop band led by singer/songwriter Ray Davies. Originally released in 1997, this selection of their '60s recordings for Pye Records is the perfect introduction to the world of the Davies brothers and the honest sound of British Rock during this period. The Kinks' '60s recordings have been extremely influential for generations of bands, beginning with the Punk and Mod movements of the late '70s onwards. Features 25 hits including 'Lola', 'David Watts', 'You Really Got Me', 'Tired of Waiting for You' and 'All Day And All of the Night'. Sanctuary.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Long Tall Sally
  2. You Still Want Me
  3. You Really Got Me
  4. All Day & All Of The Night
  5. Tired Of Waiting For You
  6. Everybody's Gonna Be Happy
  7. Set Me Free
  8. See My Friends
  9. Till The End Of The Day
  10. Where Have All The Good Times Gone
  11. Dedicated Follower Of Fashion
  12. Well Respected Man
  13. Sunny Afternoon
  14. Dead End Street
  15. Waterloo Sunset
  16. Death Of A Clown
  17. Autumn Almanac
  18. David Watts
  19. Susannah's Still Alive
  20. Wonderboy
  21. Day
  22. Plastic Man
  23. Victoria
  24. Lola
  25. Apeman


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 2015)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: SANCTUARY
  • ASIN: B0001XLXDE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,200 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This compilation covers the period 1964 to 1971 - the stuff that really matters. The same label has released a double CD compilation tit1led Ultimate collection, which covers their later music as well. If you want their later hits, including Come dancing, that is the collection you should go for.

This contains all the classic sixties songs including You really got me, All day and all of the night, Tired of waiting for you, Dedicated follower of fashion, Well respected man, Sunny afternoon, Waterloo sunset, Autumn almanac, Days, Lola and Apeman. It also includes Dave's two solo UK hits - Death of a clown and Susannah's still alive.

The set is presented in chronological order beginning with their cover of Long tall Sally, a song that demonstrates their musical roots in R+B. They didn't stick to R+B for very long, becoming more of a mainstream pop group and continually changing their style thereafter. Nevertheless, their songs were always distinctive because of Ray's talent for making ordinary situations into extraordinary songs. My favorite Kinks song is Waterloo sunset, a huge UK hit but not an American hit. It is about romance at a railway station that I am familiar with, though I cannot possibly imagine what inspired Ray to write that song, but he was a genius.

The best tribute to the quality of their songs lies in the diversity of the covers that have been recorded by singers in several genres of music.
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"The Singles Collection" is a great survey of the Kinks' singles on Pye Records, including initial Beatles facsimiles (including awkward "woo!" falsetto), successful forays into hard rock ("You Really Got Me" has been called the first heavy metal song) and psychedelia ("See My Friends" showcases this little-known aspect of the band), and finally the quirky social commentary that they're probably best known for today ("Well Respected Man," "Dead End Street," and numerous other gems).

This compilation covers the albums from the debut "Kinks" through "Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround Part One," but a substantial portion of these tracks were standalone singles. That means that this collection hardly tells the whole story-- in fact, important albums like "The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society" and "Arthur or The Decline and Fall of the British Empire" are barely represented at all. But it also makes this disc a valuable resource for excellent non-album tracks like "Set Me Free" and "Autumn Almanac" that can be hard to find elsewhere with such crisp sound quality.

I recommend this compilation to Kinks newbies and hardcore fans alike, because it's both a competent primer on the band's first decade as well as a great source for some hard-to-find music. Just be sure you also pick up the albums, at least from "Face to Face" onward, to get the full picture of this indispensable band.
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George Starostin could not give the Kinks a perfect 5 on his classic rock review site (a great site!: starling.rinet.ru/music) because the Kinks lacked a "perfect" album, where every song was incredible, not just good. Arthur came close for him, but not quite. However, I believe this is the "perfect" Kinks album, even though I prefer their released albums. This is not a greatest hits compilation, just a singles compilation, the equivalent to the Beatles' Past Masters. This album has all of their singles from '64 - '71 I believe, and every song is great! The Ultimate collection offers more, but if you're new to the Kinks, start with this colection that captures their golden years. If you love this, move to the albums. You should not be disappointed with this collection. Some beautiful stuff.
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Fills the holes in the Itunes collection. All are Kinks classics that one must have to satisfy a craving for the lads. Sunny Afternoon, Dedicated follower of Fashion, Well Respected Man, Waterloo Sunset (original version-not live!) & Victoria (also original studio & not live!) A true collectors item. Great quality remastered recordings. All cuts sound great! This collection of their oldies provides the rare as well as the big hits. It is the most complete collection that I've found.
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I just found this CD about a week ago. I have been looking for the original of Sunny Afternoon, and Tired of Waiting For You, for a long time. However, I got a bonus in Set Me Free, which I had completely forgotten about. I now have happily completed The Kinks section of my collection and with a sound quality that is much better than I had expected. If you are a fan of the original Kinks hits, buy this CD. You will not be disappointed. If you are a collector, as I am, see my title.
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This is a comprehensive collection of music, especially the early material. But I found the sound quality to be poor or mediocre. Most tracks seem to have a "shallow" sound with little audio depth. I know recording quality wasn't as good as it is today, but I have heard better sound quality from music of this era and from a different Kinks compilation. Did they not transfer from master tapes, or was it poor sound engineering?
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