The Kinks Choral Collection

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Orchestral and choral arrangements of rock songs have been a curious subgenre ever since the mid-'60s when Andrew Loog Oldham arranged The Rolling Stones Songbook for syrupy strings, but The Kinks Choral Collection stands apart from the pack for the simple reason that it's not the project of some associate or admirer, but rather chief Kink Ray Davies. His very presence as arranger and lead vocal means The Kinks Choral Collection isn't nearly as stuffy and middlebrow as so many of these orchestral rock albums; he manages to inject some semblance of rock & roll by pushing the songs forward with guitar, and letting the rhythms swing instead of plod. This ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Orchestral and choral arrangements of rock songs have been a curious subgenre ever since the mid-'60s when Andrew Loog Oldham arranged The Rolling Stones Songbook for syrupy strings, but The Kinks Choral Collection stands apart from the pack for the simple reason that it's not the project of some associate or admirer, but rather chief Kink Ray Davies. His very presence as arranger and lead vocal means The Kinks Choral Collection isn't nearly as stuffy and middlebrow as so many of these orchestral rock albums; he manages to inject some semblance of rock & roll by pushing the songs forward with guitar, and letting the rhythms swing instead of plod. This looseness is the first big surprise of the album. The second is its unrepentant but quite possibly accidental silliness, how many of the major guitar riffs are transposed for choir, an audacious idea in concept that's simply goofy in practice. These choral chants hamper the hardest rocking songs here -- "You Really Got Me," "All Day and All of the Night," "Victoria" -- and they're mercifully absent from the slower tunes, songs that benefit from the gentle layered harmonies. In comparison to most orchestral and choral rock albums, these arrangements are subtle and sensitive, providing a nice counterpart for the surprising dose of rock & roll, both things that make The Kinks Choral Collection one of the better entries in this curious subgenre -- and while that's somewhat faint praise, it's praise all the same.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/10/2009
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 602527039091
  • Catalog Number: 001343402
  • Sales rank: 17,312

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Days (3:45)
  2. 2 Waterloo Sunset (3:35)
  3. 3 You Really Got Me (3:02)
  4. 4 Victoria (3:40)
  5. 5 See My Friends (3:43)
  6. 6 Celluloid Heroes (5:20)
  7. 7 Shangri-La (5:30)
  8. 8 Working Man's Cafe (4:00)
  9. 9 Village Green (3:23)
  10. 10 Picture Book (2:31)
  11. 11 Big Sky (3:13)
  12. 12 Do You Remember Walter? (3:33)
  13. 13 Johnny Thunder (2:18)
  14. 14 Village Green Preservation Society (2:37)
  15. 15 All Day and All of the Night (2:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Crouch End Festival Chorus Primary Artist
Ray Davies Guitar, Vocals
Ian Gibbons Keyboards
Milton McDonald Guitar, Electric Guitar
Dick Nolan Bass
Bill Shanley Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Damon "Day" Wilson Drums
Toby Baron Drums
Gunnar Frick Keyboards
Dick Temple Conductor
Technical Credits
Ray Davies Composer, Producer
Jon Bailey Engineer
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