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The Village Green Preservation Society

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Ray Davies' sentimental, nostalgic streak emerged on Something Else, but it developed into a manifesto on The Village Green Preservation Society, a concept album lamenting the passing of old-fashioned English traditions. As the opening title song says, the Kinks -- meaning Ray himself, in this case -- were for preserving "draught beer and virginity," and throughout the rest of the album, he creates a series of stories, sketches, and characters about a picturesque England that never really was. It's a lovely, gentle album, evoking a small British country town, and drawing the listener into its lazy rhythms and sensibilities. Although there is an undercurrent of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Ray Davies' sentimental, nostalgic streak emerged on Something Else, but it developed into a manifesto on The Village Green Preservation Society, a concept album lamenting the passing of old-fashioned English traditions. As the opening title song says, the Kinks -- meaning Ray himself, in this case -- were for preserving "draught beer and virginity," and throughout the rest of the album, he creates a series of stories, sketches, and characters about a picturesque England that never really was. It's a lovely, gentle album, evoking a small British country town, and drawing the listener into its lazy rhythms and sensibilities. Although there is an undercurrent of regret running throughout the album, Davies' fondness for the past is warm, making the album feel like a sweet, hazy dream. And considering the subdued performances and the detailed instrumentations, it's not surprising that the record feels more like a Ray Davies solo project than a Kinks album. The bluesy shuffle of "Last of the Steam-Powered Trains" is the closest the album comes to rock & roll, and Dave Davies' cameo on the menacing "Wicked Annabella" comes as surprise, since the album is so calm. But calm doesn't mean tame or bland -- there are endless layers of musical and lyrical innovation on The Village Green Preservation Society, and its defiantly British sensibilities became the foundation of generations of British guitar pop.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/2/1990
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 075992621724
  • Catalog Number: 6327
  • Sales rank: 33,034

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Kinks Primary Artist
Dave Davies Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals
Ray Davies Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Mick Avory Drums
John Dalton Bass
Brian Humphries Track Performer
Peter Quaife Bass, Bass Guitar
Alexander Greenlaw Quaife Bass
Alan McKenzie Track Performer
Technical Credits
The Kinks Arranger
Ray Davies Composer, Producer
Dan Hersch Mastering
Paul Bevoir Artwork
Nick Watson Mastering
Barrie Wentzell Original Cover Photography
John Prosser Original Cover Photography
Daniel Hersch Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One Of The First Concept Albums

    With "Face To Face" and "Something Else By The Kinks, the group took many steps forward to be voted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame."Village Green" defenitivly put Ray Davies real high up on the composermap.The songs here are very well constructive and are performed with a warm feel.One journalist said that hearing from The Kinks is like getting a postcard from your best friend! That´s right,everybody loves this one as far as I know.It didn´t sell that much first time around but nowadays has become cultstatus.I will not mention tracks because "Village Green" is a concept album but for curiosa:The Swedish version had a different cover and EXCLUDED three songs BUT INCLUDED the beautiful "Days" as a final cut to this masterpiece.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great

    Other reviewers seem not to have detected a deep irony that I believe permeates this whole album; they thereby present it as epitomising a very dull conservative stance (conservative with both capital and small 'C'). I actually hear the album as far more subversive. As an example, it is common to suggest that "sitting by the riverside" paints an idyllic picture of a man who is just relaxing in a safe haven somewhere in beautiful England. I simply can't understand this interpretation. To me, the singer appears to be at the very end of his tether, trying to convince himself that he is at peace, when in reality he is in crisis; shortly after Davies sings "please keep me pacified", the sweet tinkly back-drop becomes severely warped with reverb and nightmarish washes of sound... idyllic picture? NO: Here is a frightening mental turbulence that the riverside scene is powerless to dispel. Another strangely interpreted track is "Do you remember Walter?". Elsewhere, I have read that here the singer 'fondly' remembers his childhood friend; indeed he does recollect things as they were, but in the final analysis at the end of the song, he sings quite aggressively, "I bet your fat and married and always home in bed at 8:30... and if I talked about the old times you'd be bored and have nothing more to say". Fondness is not the prevailing emotion at all. And "Village Green" is sometimes stated as being an ode to the idealised village of Olde England. The crazy way in which Davies sings "'Twas there I met a girl called Daisy and kissed her by the old oak tree" surely suggests that he is poking fun at such idealisation, not feeding into it?. And so on, and so on..... In this album, Davies separates himself from the leagues of nostalgicians that plague the folk and folk-rock movements. Later, this was unfortunately to change.... However, this album is a gem. I relish almost every melody, harmony, arrangement and lyric. The following lyrics surely prove a certain mastery of words: "You take the sunshine/I'll take the nightly shadows/'Cos everyone knows that Monica glows at night/ She'll do something wrong and prove to you she is right". And the melodies! Lovely. You will enjoy this album immensely when you have bought it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    God Save the Kinks

    This is the Kinks' best album, from their most fertile period. Hands down one of the best pop or rock records ever made by anyone. Everyone should know this record. Flawless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best rock album of the 20th Century

    Yeah, sounds crazy, but listen to this album and you'll hear the best songwriting on any album ever released. Utterly charming and nostalgic. Brilliant.

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    Posted December 12, 2010

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