Feb 6, 2016

The Kinks

If you’re old enough to know or remember, records on vinyl were sold at places other than record stores.

I remember seeing a vinyl copy of The Kinks’ album at the top of the post near a store checkout counter when I was a kid.  Just as the marketing practices placed candy and other sweet treats there to lure children into asking their parents to buy them, I nearly asked for that Kinks record. 

The Kinks had a single out when I was younger called Come Dancing easily around the time I saw that 1960s album.  However, for some reason or another, the album cover at the top of the post caught my attention more than that 1980s release.

As I’ve stated many times, the 1960s fascinated me even when I was a kid.  I believe it was from CHOM Radio that I recorded a bunch of 1960s British Invasion classics onto audio cassette.  I think there was a special on The Kinks because I had almost 30 minutes of their songs. 

I consider You Really Got Me to be one of my favorite, if not definitive, classic rock grooves. Anything remotely similar to that recording will really get me. 

I’m not too sure of how widely the term is used but I might help propel it forward by default now.  The album by a 1960s band considered to be creative and innovative masterpiece is to be its “Sgt. Pepper”. None of the album’s tracks made their way onto common Kinks’ greatest hits compilations but Village Green Preservation Society is the band’s masterpiece and most important album.

Years ago, I had the chance to buy a Village Green Preservation Society CD copy but barely knew the album‘s magnitude and I put it back on the racks.  When I found a clean vinyl copy during an out-of-town record hunt, I broke out into song.  Ironically, I didn’t sing a song from the album when I found it.

That Kinks Greatest Hits! album was presented as a choice for me by a 2013 Puces Pop Record Fair vendor.  After comparing what I was gaining/losing from each track listing, I made my decision.

If memory serves correctly, The Kinks 20 Greatest Hits collection was advertised on television at the time of its release.  I at least remembered that compilation to have bought the CD when I was old enough to do my own music shopping.  At 20 songs deep, it was my one-stop-shop for The Kinks.  It would be maybe another ten years until I learned greatest hits packages only give you a synopsis of a musician/band’s work.  Sometimes there are gems on the individual albums that do not make it onto compilations. 

Such was the case when an invited Suite Delight guest DJ brought Kinks Greatest Hits! album and played Who’ll Be the Next in Line.  I had no knowledge of the greatest hits album, the song or which album the song could be found. 

The Paul Weller Under the Influence compilation introduced me to another Kinks song that I otherwise may never have learned of called Big Black Smoke. 

I contemplated getting a 2LP Kinks collection called The Kinks Files but opted not to do so. I believe I've captured enough Kinks for the time being. 

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