The Kink Kronikles

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Strictly speaking, the double-album compilation The Kink Kronikles isn't a greatest-hits collection. Covering the years 1966 through 1970, The Kink Kronikles may not be packed with hits -- out of the album's 28 tracks, only nine were hits in the U.K. or the U.S. -- yet it's a definitive overview of this era, which was one of Ray Davies' most productive and influential periods. Apart from the hits -- the lazy, sardonic "Sunny Afternoon" and the gorgeous "Waterloo Sunset," and the 1970 comeback hits "Lola" and "Apeman" -- there is a wealth of music that ranks among their very best material that isn't available on any other album. First off, non-LP British hit ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Strictly speaking, the double-album compilation The Kink Kronikles isn't a greatest-hits collection. Covering the years 1966 through 1970, The Kink Kronikles may not be packed with hits -- out of the album's 28 tracks, only nine were hits in the U.K. or the U.S. -- yet it's a definitive overview of this era, which was one of Ray Davies' most productive and influential periods. Apart from the hits -- the lazy, sardonic "Sunny Afternoon" and the gorgeous "Waterloo Sunset," and the 1970 comeback hits "Lola" and "Apeman" -- there is a wealth of music that ranks among their very best material that isn't available on any other album. First off, non-LP British hit singles like the music hall raver "Dead End Street" and the wry "Autumn Almanac" are included, as are Dave Davies' two solo hits, "Death of a Clown" and "Suzannah's Still Alive." Then there are the wealth of non-LP singles and B-sides that didn't make the British charts, plus worthy unreleased songs, obscurities like "This Is Where I Belong" and "She's Got Everything," and album tracks that demonstrate another side of the Kinks' musical versatility and Davies' abilities. The key to the success of The Kink Kronikles is how the singles and rarities complement each other and, taken together, present a full portrait. It's the rare compilation that is equally valuable to the collector and to the neophyte fan.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 075992745727
  • Catalog Number: 6454
  • Sales rank: 25,480

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Victoria (3:40)
  2. 2 The Village Green Preservation Society (2:49)
  3. 3 Berkeley Mews (2:40)
  4. 4 Holiday in Waikiki (2:46)
  5. 5 Willesden Green (2:27)
  6. 6 This is Where I Belong (2:26)
  7. 7 Waterloo Sunset (3:21)
  8. 8 David Watts (2:42)
  9. 9 Deadend Street (3:26)
  10. 10 Shangri-La (5:20)
  11. 11 Autumn Almanac (3:15)
  12. 12 Sunny Afternoon (3:36)
  13. 13 Get Back in the Line (3:07)
  14. 14 Did You See His Name? (1:55)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Fancy (2:29)
  2. 2 Wonderboy (2:49)
  3. 3 Apeman (3:56)
  4. 4 King Kong (3:26)
  5. 5 Mr. Pleasant (3:01)
  6. 6 God's Children (3:19)
  7. 7 Death of a Clown (3:13)
  8. 8 Lola (4:05)
  9. 9 Mindless Child of Motherhood (3:13)
  10. 10 Polly (2:51)
  11. 11 Big Black Smoke (2:37)
  12. 12 Susannah's Still Alive (2:22)
  13. 13 She's Got Everything (3:11)
  14. 14 Days (2:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Kinks Primary Artist
Dave Davies Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals
Ray Davies Guitar, Vocals
Mick Avory Drums
John Dalton Bass
Technical Credits
Dave Davies Composer
Ray Davies Composer, Producer
John Mendelsohn Liner Notes
Shel Talmy Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brace yourself

    If you aren't prepared to buy every Kinks album through Muswell Hillbillies, then don't buy this collection of songs. Because it is so good you'll have to own the studio albums and discover all kinds of other gems. Let the Kinks prove it to you: they are arguably the most underappreciated group in the history of rock, especially in the U.S.

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  • Posted July 17, 2014

    more from this reviewer

     Songs are as precious today as when I bought the vinyl over 40

     Songs are as precious today as when I bought the vinyl over 40 years ago.

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