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The Kinks The Kinks in Mono [album]

The Kinks In Mono “A fantastic blast from the past: The
  Kinks In Mono
is yet another brilliant
  music gem rooted in the Sixties
  that has travelled well over the years
  to the 21st Century and follows the
  welcome releases of the rock band’s
  first seven albums earlier in the year
...”

THE KINKS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THERE at least, that's the way it seems. Founded in London in 1964 by brothers Ray (lead vocals and rhythm guitar) and Dave Davies (lead guitar, vocals), the band has proved itself over a number of decades and remains one of the most important and influential bands ever.

Now Sanctuary is releasing a huge, beautifully packaged ten-CD collection on 21 November with The Kinks' first seven LPs (from Kinks to Arthur), four extra EPs and two volumes of further collectables, all in the original mono, with sounds straight from recent music history that sound both fresh and nostalgic.

The Kinks In Mono
is a must-have collection
that showcases an
absolutely fabulous band
that’s inspired
generations

— Maggie Woods
Over the years there have been changes to the band's line-up. Originally Pete Quaife (bass guitar, vocals) and Mick Avory (drums, percussion) joined Ray and Dave, but were replaced by, respectively, John Dalton in the late Sixties and Bob Henrit in the mid-80s. Sadly, Pete Quaife passed away in 2010 after a lengthy illness.

In 1964 The Kinks first rose to prominence with the release of the catchy You Really Got Me, their third single, which became an international hit. The marvellous Indian-style See My Friend was a 1966 hit and during the same year Sunny Afternoon knocked the Beatles' Paperback Writer from the number one spot in the British charts. Death Of A Clown is a fine track; poignant and nostalgic.

Appealing and sexy, The Kinks have that enduring quality. Their music style is a mix of Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Folk, Country and Music Hall. Many of their songs reflect real-life situations: the amazing Lola, with an ambiguous gender; Lazing On A Sunny Afternoon (In The Summertime) is about a rock star who has fallen foul of the taxman; and Dead End Street about young people who are living in poverty because they haven't been given a chance in life. Ring any bells?

There are also feel-good, romantic tracks like Till The End Of The Day and the catchy You Really Got Me. Some songs hark very much back to previous decades: the quirky Dedicated Follower Of Fashion and Party Line, which refers to a now-obsolete telephone system. The unusual Louie, Louie is fabulous, with Ray Davies singing a delicious drawl; and the quirky, 1920's jazz-infused Village Green Preservation Society is a gem.

We also liked the folkish, beautifully constructed Nothing In This World (To Stop Me Worrying About That Girl), which is about a two-timing girl the singer cannot get off his mind despite her fickleness. Essences of folk, rock and jazz are liberally scattered throughout the collection

The boys' sexy, gravelly voices are great to listen to and their talent lives on. In the 1990's The Kinks discovered they could appeal to a new audience and a number of successful artistes named The Kinks as being inspirational to them.

The Kinks In Mono

The Kinks In Mono
is a must-have collection that showcases an absolutely fabulous band that has inspired generations. Truly a great release that will delight music-lovers everywhere.

Also included with the collection are: a 32-page, pop annual style book, complete with new liner notes; memorabilia that includes rare photographs; discography information, and more. The CDs are boxed in attractive digi-packs, collectively presented in a strong Dansette-style box to give a very special feel.

Rediscover the music of yesterday today. Progressive music that has paved the way for new generations and that somehow feels fresh. The Kinks had an enormous following (including me!) during their early years and were rarely out of the charts.

The stunning retrospective The Kinks In Mono, a ten-CD box set, makes a welcome release through Sanctuary on 21 November 2011.

7 LPs: Kinks, Kontroversy, Face To Face, Something Else, Village Green Preservation Society, Arthur | 4 EPs: Kinksize Session, Kinksize Hits, Kwyet Kinks, Dedicated Kinks | And a further two discs — entitled The Kinks Mono Kollectables — containing unissued tracks and various singles from around the world.

Tracklistings

KINKS: 1 Beautiful Delilah | 2 So Mystifying | 3 Just Can't Go To Sleep | 4 Long Tall Shorty | 5 I Took My Baby Home | 6 I'm A Lover Not A Fighter | 7 You Really Got Me | 8 Cadillac | 9 Bald-Headed Woman | 10 Revenge | 11 Too Much Monkey Business | 12 I've Been Driving On Bald Mountain | 13 Stop Your Sobbing | 14 Got Love If You Want It.

KINDA KINKS: 1 Look For Me Baby | 2 Got My Feet On The Ground | 3 Nothin' In The World Can Stop Me Worryin' About That Girl | 4 Naggin' Woman | 5 Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight | 6 Tired Of Waiting For You | 7 Dancing In The Street | 8 Don't Ever Change | 9 Come On Now | 10 So Long | 11 You Shouldn't Be Sad | 12 Something Better Beginning.

KINKS KONTROVERSY: 1 Milk Cow Blues | 2 Ring The Bells | 3 Gotta Get The First Plane Home | 4 When I See That Girl Of Mine | 5 I Am Free | 6 Till The End Of The Day | 7 The World Keeps Going Round | 8 I'm On An Island | 9 Where Have All The Good Times Gone? | 10 It's Too Late | 11 What's In Store For Me? | 12 You Can't Win

FACE TO FACE 1 Party Line | 2 Rosie, Won't You Please Come Home | 3 Dandy | 4 Too Much On My Mind | 5 Session Man | 6 Rainy Day In June | 7 House In The Country | 8 Holiday In Waikiki | 9 Most Exclusive Residence For Sale | 10 Fancy | 11 Little Miss Queen Of Darkness | 12 You're Looking Fine | 13 Sunny Afternoon | 14 I'll Remember

SOMETHING ELSE: 1 David Watts | 2 Death Of A Clown | 3 Two Sisters | 4 No Return | 5 Harry Rag | 6 Tin Soldier Man | 7 Situation Vacant | 8 Love Me Till The Sun Shines | 9 Lazy Old Sun | 10 Afternoon Tea | 11 Funny Face | 12 End Of The Season | 13 Waterloo Sunset.

THE KINKS ARE VILLAGE GREEN SOCIETY: 1 The Village Green Preservation Society | 2 Do You Remember Walter | 3 Picture Book | 4 Johnny Thunder | 5 Last Of The Steam-Powered Trains | 6 Big Sky | 7 Sitting By The Riverside | 8 Animal Farm | 9 Village Green | 10 Starstruck | 11 Phenomenal Cat | 12 All Of My Friends Were There |13 Wicked Annabella | 14 Monica | 15 People Take Pictures Of Each Other.

ARTHUR (The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire): 1 Victoria | 2 Yes Sir, No Sir | 3 Some Mother's Son | 4 Drivin' | 5 Brainwashed | 6 Australia | 7 Shangri-La | 8 Mr Churchill Says | 9 She's Brought A Hat Like Princess Marina | 10 Young And Innocent Days | 11 Nothing To Say | 12 Arthur.

KINKSIZE SESSION: 1 Louie Louie | 2 I've Gotta Go Now | 3 Things Are Getting Better | 4 I've Got That Feeling.

KINKSIZE HITS: 1 You Really Got Me | 2 It's All Right | 3 All Day And All Of The Night | 4 I've Got That Feeling.

KWYET KINKS: 1 Wait Till The Summer Comes Along | 2 Such A Shame | 3 A Well Respected Man | 4 Don't You Fret.

DEDICATED KINKS: 1 Dedicated Follower Of Fashion | 2 Till The End Of The Day | 3 See My Friends | 4 Set Me Free.

THE KINKS MONO KOLLECTABLES VOL 1: 1 Long Tall Sally (Single) | 2 You Still Want Me (Single) | 3 You Do Something To Me (Single) | 4 It's All Right (Single) | 5 Beautiful Delilah (Alternative Mono Mix, Previously Unissued) | 6 I'm A Lover, Not A Fighter (Alternative Mono Mix, Previously Unissued) | 7 Bald-Headed Woman (US Mono Mix, US LP)| 8 Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy (Single) | 9 Who'll Be The Next In Line (Single) | 10 I Need You (Single) | 11 Never Met A Girl Like You Before (Single) | 12 Sittin' On My Sofa (Single) | 13 I'm Not Like Everybody Else (Single) | 14 Dead End Street (Single) | 15 Big Black Smoke (Single) | 16 Act Nice And Gentle (Single) | 17 Autumn Almanac (Single).

THE KINKS MONO KOLLECTABLES VOL 2: 1 Afternoon Tea (Canadian Mono Mix, Canadian Single) | 2 Susannah's Still Alive (Single) | 3 Wonderboy (Single) | 4 Polly (Single) | 5 Lincoln County (Single) | 6 There Is No Life Without Love (Single) | 7 Days (Single) | 8 She's Got Everything (Single) | 9 Hold My Hand (Single) | 10 Creeping Jean (Single) | 11 Plastic Man (Single) | 12 King Kong (Single) | 13 Mindless Child Of Motherhood (Single) | 14 This Man He Weeps Tonight (Single) | 15 Australia (Australian Single Mix, Australian Single) | 16 Lola (Single) | 17 Berkeley Mews (Single) | 18 Apeman (Single) | 19 Rats (Single) | 20 Apeman (European Single Version, European Single).

"The Kinks In Mono is a must-have collection that showcases an absolutely fabulous band that has inspired generations" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar