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Kinks - Kinks at the BBC

  by Anthony Strutt

published: 27 / 8 / 2012

Kinks - Kinks at the BBC
Label: Sanctuary
Format: CD Box


Essential six CD box set of recordings made at the BBC by the Kinks during their thirty year history

Lead by Ray Davies and his brother Dave, the Kinks are one of the great 60's British bands. Much as I love the Stones and the Beatles, both were influenced by music from the United States, while the Kinks took most of their influences from their native London. Ray Davies is a true gentleman whom I have met often, super pleasant and friendly and not full of himself, unlike many of his contemporaries from the same era. This release is a six disc set that retails for about £40. What is sometimes forgotten about the Knks is that most of their early albums only feature one or two big hit singles while the rest s filled with lesser known tracks, and much the same could be said about this box set.It is spread over the years from when they first formedin 1964 until they finally folded in 1996. 'You Really Got Me' appears in raw, garage-like form, while 'Tired of Waiting for You' is as relevant as ever for anyone waiting for his other half to get ready for a night out. 'Till the End of the End' continues to remains fresh even in this rough and ready form, while 'Dedicated Follower of Fashion' and the classic 'Lola', both of which are delivered from a 'BBC in Concert', finds an animated Ray getting the crowd to join in. 'Love Me Till the Sun Shines', one of the less famous songs, is later era Kinks and, sung by Dave, is not so r'n' b flavoured as the other tracks on the box set, while 'Phobia', which is also from th 80s, is in the vein of Joan Jet. 'Waterloo Sunset' remains a timeless classic, while the Kinks' rendition of 'Yesterday' is an acoustic version that nails the song home and is enough to make you cry. 'Days' sounds like it was recorded by a fan off the radio nd is of raw bootleg quality. If you do not want the six disc set, then a two CD best of will also be out, but this is essential listening for any fan of 60's music.

Track Listing:-
1 You Really Got Me
2 Cadillac
3 Little Queenie
4 All Day and All of the Night
5 I'm a Lover Not a Fighter
6 I've Got That Feeling
7 You Shouldn't Be Sad
8 Tired of Waiting for You
9 Everybody's Gonna Be Happy
10 This Strange Effect
11 See My Friends
12 Hide and Seek
13 Milk Cow Blues
14 Never Met a Girl Like You Before
15 Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight
16 Till the End of the Day
17 A Well Respected Man
18 Where Have All the Good Times Gone
19 Death of a Clown
20 Good Luck Charm
21 Sunny Afternoon
22 Harry Rag
23 Mr Pleasant
24 Susannah's Still Alive
25 David Watts
26 Waterloo Sunset
27 Days
28 Love Me Till the Sun Shines
29 Monica
30 The Village Green Preservation Society
31 Where Did My Spring Go?
32 When I Turn Off the Living Room Lights
33 Mindless Child of Motherhood
34 Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues
35 Holiday
36 Skin and Bone
37 Supersonic Rocket Ship
38 Demolition
39 Mirror of Love
40 Money Talks
41 Victoria
42 Here Comes Yet Another Day
43 Dedicated Follower of Fashion
44 Celluloid Heroes
45 Daylight
46 Here Comes Flash
47 He's Evil
48 Lola
49 Sleepwalker
50 Life On the Road

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