Village Green Preservation Society

The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society


1. Village Green Preservation Society ( Mono)

Whether a reunion ever happens, there's word of a new US label deal and an exciting series of reissues on the way. Until then, there are plenty of versions of The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society to keep you company.

Andy Miller gets at the underdog appeal that’s always drawn me to the band in his 33⅓ book on their masterpiece, The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society. While the Beatles had access to Abbey Road studios and EMI engineers, the Kinks had to settle for night sessions in the cramped, tobacco-darkened Pye Studio 2. If the Beatles wanted brass or woodwinds, they called in George Martin and an orchestra; Ray Davies made do with the cheaper tape loops of the Mellotron. When the release date finally arrived—November 22, 1968—Village Green dropped the same day as The White Album. The Beatles promptly sold 2 million copies in the first two weeks; the Kinks less than 25,000.

16. Village Green Preservation Society ( Stereo)

Village Green Preservation Society

Released in the fall of 1967, Something Else by the Kinks continued the progressions of Face to Face. Despite the Kinks' musical growth, their chart performance was beginning to stagnate. Following the lackluster performance of Something Else, the Kinks rushed out a new single, "Autumn Almanac," which became another big U.K. hit for the band. Released in the spring of 1968, the Kinks' "Wonderboy" was the band's first single not to crack the Top Ten since "You Really Got Me." They recovered somewhat with "Days," but the band's commercial decline was evident by the lack of success of their next LP. Released in the fall of 1968, The Village Green Preservation Society was the culmination of ' increasingly nostalgic tendencies. While the album was unsuccessful, it was well received by critics, particularly in the U.S.

Smarting, Dave's brother Ray Davies, the band's principal songwriter and frontman, turned inward, seeking inspiration more than ever before from the people and places around him, and the not-so-distant British music hall past, delivering The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, a masterpiece that was completely out of step with Swinging London, while at the same time being utterly timeless.