THE KINKS

The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (2018 Reissue)

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This essential album by one of the world's best ever bands is defined by the extraordinary catalogue of Ray Davies' songs, driven by brother Dave Davies' power pop guitar and became the foundation of generations of British guitar pop. 'The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society' cemented Ray Davies reputation as one of Britain's greatest ever songwriters of his and any generation.

"I think The Village Green Preservation Society is about the ending of a time personally for me in my life," says Ray. "In my imaginary village. It's the end of our innocence, our youth. Some people are quite old but in the Village Green, you're never allowed to grow up. I feel the project itself as part of a life cycle."

Somewhat overlooked upon its release in November 1968, 'The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society' is now regarded as one of the best British albums ever recorded. Created in difficult circumstances by a band on the verge of disintegration and who refused to follow fashion, it is an album of timeless, perfectly crafted songs about growing up and growing old, and the decline of national culture and traditional ways. Enduring and unsurpassed, with its wit, sadness, quiet anger, regret and charm, it is generally considered the high point of The Kinks' outstanding career and Ray Davies' masterpiece.

Tracklisting

  1. The Village Green Preservation Society
  2. Do You Remember Walter
  3. Picture Book
  4. Johnny Thunder
  5. Last Of The Steam-Powered Trains
  6. Big Sky
  7. Sitting By The Riverside
  8. Animal Farm
  9. Village Green
  10. Starstruck
  11. Phenominal Cat
  12. All Of My Friends Were There
  13. Wicked Annabella
  14. Monica
  15. People Take Pictures Of Each Other