The Kinks at the BBC

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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
The early days of the Kinks saw a band run ragged by the onset of newfound superstardom. The Kinks hit the ground running at an exhausting pace in 1964, with a relentless schedule of touring, recording, and various on-air interviews and performances that would keep them in the charts and jet-lagged until an eventual slowing down into the '70s and '80s. Pared down from a six-volume set that collects every known recording from the BBC archives that the band ever did, The Kinks at the BBC focuses on peak years 1964 through 1977, still cramming in 54 tracks, but leaving the band's less inspired material from the '80s and a wealth of poor-quality bootleg recordings to the ...
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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
The early days of the Kinks saw a band run ragged by the onset of newfound superstardom. The Kinks hit the ground running at an exhausting pace in 1964, with a relentless schedule of touring, recording, and various on-air interviews and performances that would keep them in the charts and jet-lagged until an eventual slowing down into the '70s and '80s. Pared down from a six-volume set that collects every known recording from the BBC archives that the band ever did, The Kinks at the BBC focuses on peak years 1964 through 1977, still cramming in 54 tracks, but leaving the band's less inspired material from the '80s and a wealth of poor-quality bootleg recordings to the absolute completists. The incredible thing about this collection is the time-spanning portrait it paints of not only the Kinks, but the landscape of music and culture they partially represented as the British Invasion gave way to the Summer of Love and then on into even more undefined times. Beginning predictably with raucous live versions of early hits like "All Day and All of the Night" and "You Really Got Me," the set quickly finds the band moving into less beat group waters and Ray Davies' songwriting maturing at an accelerated rate with timeless classics like "Waterloo Sunset" and "Victoria." Top of the Pops performances offer a rougher live take on the band's often polished studio sound. Dave Davies' hard rock-leaning "Mindless Child of Motherhood" sees a rearrangement heavy on acoustic guitar, which unexpectedly works well in the live setting. Conversely, a couple of understandably non-album tracks from the Village Green Preservation Society days like "When I Turn Off the Living Room Lights" drag the quality of the set down, as does a selection of out-and-out bad tunes from a phoned-in 1977 Christmas concert. Much like their greater body of work, The Kinks at the BBC rides a relative hot streak for the majority of the set, with uninspired songwriting shifts taking over in the mid-'70s, but still producing the occasional gem. This collection ultimately serves as a chronology of an incredibly important band as it phases through the good, bad, and ugly of an unprecedented run of magical songs in every era.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2012
  • Label: Sanctuary Uk
  • UPC: 602527972701
  • Catalog Number: 2797270

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Really Got Me (2:10)
  2. 2 Cadillac (2:37)
  3. 3 Little Queenie (1:46)
  4. 4 All Day and All of the Night (2:22)
  5. 5 I'm a Lover Not a Fighter (1:58)
  6. 6 I've Got That Feeling (2:44)
  7. 7 You Shouldn't Be Sad (1:50)
  8. 8 Tired of Waiting for You (2:20)
  9. 9 Everybody's Gonna Be Happy (2:11)
  10. 10 This Strange Effect (2:28)
  11. 11 See My Friends (2:54)
  12. 12 Hide and Seek (2:14)
  13. 13 Milk Cow Blues (2:35)
  14. 14 Never Met a Girl Like You Before (1:59)
  15. 15 Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight (1:49)
  16. 16 Till the End of the Day (2:17)
  17. 17 A Well Respected Man (2:23)
  18. 18 Where Have All the Good Times Gone? [Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 196 (2:40)
  19. 19 Death of a Clown (2:56)
  20. 20 Good Luck Charm (1:16)
  21. 21 Sunny Afternoon (2:52)
  22. 22 Harry Rag (2:25)
  23. 23 Mr. Pleasant (2:42)
  24. 24 Susannah's Still Alive (2:30)
  25. 25 David Watts (2:10)
  26. 26 Waterloo Sunset (2:11)
  27. 27 Days (2:49)
  28. 28 Love Me Till the Sun Shines (2:41)
  29. 29 Monica (2:10)
  30. 30 The Village Green Preservation Society [Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1968 (2:47)
  31. 31 Where Did My Spring Go? (2:07)
  32. 32 When I Turn Off the Living Room Lights [Live at The Riverside Studios, (2:17)
  33. 33 Mindless Child of Motherhood (2:53)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues (3:47)
  2. 2 Holiday (3:08)
  3. 3 Skin and Bone (2:33)
  4. 4 Supersonic Rocket Ship (3:23)
  5. 5 Demolition (3:41)
  6. 6 Mirror of Love (3:25)
  7. 7 Money Talks (3:49)
  8. 8 Victoria (3:27)
  9. 9 Here Comes Yet Another Day (4:33)
  10. 10 Dedicated Follower of Fashion [In Concert at The Hippodrome Theatre, 19 (1:53)
  11. 11 Celluloid Heroes (5:10)
  12. 12 Daylight (3:03)
  13. 13 Here Comes Flash (2:32)
  14. 14 He's Evil (3:57)
  15. 15 Lola (4:19)
  16. 16 Sleepwalker (4:17)
  17. 17 Life on the Road (5:13)
  18. 18 Slum Kids (4:51)
  19. 19 Get Back in the Line (3:31)
  20. 20 The Hard Way (2:59)
  21. 21 Alcohol (5:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Kinks Primary Artist
Dave Davies Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Nicky Hopkins Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Ray Davies Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Mick Avory Drums
John Beecham Trombone, Tuba
Laurie Brown Trumpet
Ray Cooper Percussion
John Dalton Bass Guitar
Kim Goody Background Vocals
John Gosling Keyboards
Claire Hamill Background Vocals
Alan Holmes Clarinet, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Maryann Price Background Vocals
Andy Pyle Bass Guitar
Peter Quaife Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
David Symonds Compere
Pamela Travis Background Vocals
Mike Cotton Trumpet
Brian Matthew Compere
Debbi Ross Background Vocals
Rasa Davies Background Vocals
Nick Newall Saxophone
Michael Rosen Trumpet
Technical Credits
Sleepy John Estes Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Dave Davies Composer
Ray Davies Composer
Bo Diddley Composer
Jeff Griffin Producer
Dan Hersch Remastering
Doug Hinman Memorabilia, Annotation, Photo Courtesy
Andrew Sandoval Remastering
John Walters Producer
Tony Wilson Producer
Bernie Andrews Producer
Keith Bateson Producer
Peter Doggett Liner Notes
Paul Williams Producer
Bill Aitken Engineer
Bob Conduct Engineer
David Magnus Cover Photo
Klaus Schmalenbach Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
Jay Miller Composer
Bill Bebb Producer
Jimmy Grant Producer
Bev Phillips Producer
Dave Emlen Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
John A. Koerner Composer
Yan Friis Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
John Edgehill Engineer
Brian Wiley Producer
Alan Black Introduction
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