Ignored by virtually everyone upon its release in November 1968, 'The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society' is now seen as one of the best British albums ever recorded. Here, Andy Miller traces the perilous circumstances surrounding its creation, and celebrates the timeless, perfectly crafted songs pieced together by a band who were on the verge of disintegration and who refused to follow fashion.
'Big Sky' contains some of the most beautiful, thunderous music The Kinks ever recorded, aligned to a vulnerability and warmth no other group - and I mean no other group - could ever hope to equal. It is a perfectly balanced production. On the one hand, the mesh of clattering drums and electric guitar never threatens to overwhelm the melody; on the other, the gossamer-light harmonies, Ray and Dave's vocal line traced by Rasa Davies' wordless falsetto, are bursting with emotion. When most of the instruments drop away at 1.20, the effect is effortlessly vivid - two lines where Davies' performance is both nonchalant and impassioned. The result is wonderfully, enchantingly sad, made more so perhaps by the knowledge that The Kinks will never again sound so refined or so right.
|Series:||33 1/3 Series|
|Product dimensions:||4.72(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.41(d)|
About the Author
Andy Miller has worked as a bookseller and a publisher (for Fourth Estate) in London. He is an occasional contributor to Mojo, and has recently published his first book through Penguin in the UK.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you already on the deluxe edition of the CD, have the Picture Book box set, and refer to Doug Hinman's books regularly you won't need this to inspire you but it's overall well-organized and has a few good quotes and overall is accurate- as accurate as legends can be. While much has been written about the band and this album, this is still worth adding to your library. If you've only read a bit about the record and heard a song or two- it is probably too dry to make you want to delve deep into the album and the rest of the Kinks Katalogue.