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Come Dancing with the Kinks: The Best of the Kinks 1977-1986 [Koch 2004]
     

Come Dancing with the Kinks: The Best of the Kinks 1977-1986 [Koch 2004]

by The Kinks
 

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Of all the bands that hit U.S. shores during the original British invasion, none have maintained a steady -- if decidedly loopy -- course with the insistence of the Kinks. Thanks to literate, lascivious frontman Ray Davies, the band have survived rock's ups and downs of more than 35 years. They've come through it all a bit frazzled, but

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Of all the bands that hit U.S. shores during the original British invasion, none have maintained a steady -- if decidedly loopy -- course with the insistence of the Kinks. Thanks to literate, lascivious frontman Ray Davies, the band have survived rock's ups and downs of more than 35 years. They've come through it all a bit frazzled, but none the worse for wear. This 18-song collection takes a gander at the band's often-overlooked middle period, which wasn't as hit-packed as their first two decades but contained every bit as much wit and riff-mastery. Those elements are both evident in sharp, hooky songs such as "Low Budget" and the wry disco remix of "(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman," while Davies's distinctly British wistfulness pops up in melancholy tunes such as "Better Things" and the elegant title track. The puckish childhood reminiscence "Father Christmas" offers another look back, as do '80s-vintage live versions of the Kinks Klassics "Lola" and "You Really Got Me."

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Although it closely resembles the 1986 Arista collection (and even boasts the same cover and title), the 2000 release of Come Dancing With the Kinks is not quite that album -- it's a reinterpretation of that collection, spearheaded by Ray Davies. It restores "Catch Me Now I'm Falling," "Misfits," and "Sleepwalker" (the three songs dropped from the CD version of Arista's Come Dancing) and eliminates the excellent "Long Distance" along with "Heart of Gold" and the masterpiece "Juke Box Music," while adding "A Gallon of Gas," "Full Moon," and "Good Day," and shuffling the track order. Do all these monkeyshines result in a better album? No. It's close, but the subtle differences do make a difference, and the original still does reign supreme, since the running order on the original was simply superior. This new incarnation is still enjoyable -- the substitutions are good, even if they don't match the originals -- and it even remains an accurate introduction to this era. But anyone who can find the Arista issue of Come Dancing will find a better compilation than this Koch/Konk reworking.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/2000
Label:
Velvel Records
UPC:
0634677973321
catalogNumber:
79733

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