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Entries in The Kinks (4)

Friday
Sep272013

2-CD Deluxe Edition of The Kinks' 'Muswell Hillbilllies' announced

Album reissue: Muswell Hillbillies, 2-CD Deluxe edition, by The Kinks
Release date: October 7th 2013
Label: Universal
More info: on official site

“I'm a 20th century man, but I don't want to be here," declares Ray Davies on ‘Muswell Hillbillies’ opening track, with a typically wry statement-of-intent. Originally released November 1971, this classic Kinks album was the follow-up to the seminal ‘Lola vs Powerman’ album and the first with their new label RCA.

Written and produced by Ray Davies, ‘Muswell Hillbillies’ was something of a departure for the Kinks, musically reflecting their fascination with America while lyrically embracing their British roots.

This new 2-CD deluxe version features 5 previously unreleased tracks, including ‘Lavender Lane’ and early demo ‘Nobody’s Fool’, as well as alternative song versions and BBC sessions. All have been re-mastered from original tapes by well-known Kinks archivist Andrew Sandoval, and includes a booklet designed by award winning art director Phil Smee.

The album is a total joy and veers effortlessly from rowdy blues and boozy vaudeville to the country sound of its title track and music-hall fuelled ‘Alcohol’.

‘Muswell Hillbillies’ ranks amongst the Kinks' best, which is really saying something.

In 1971 the Kinks line-up was: Ray Davies (guitar and vocals); Dave Davies (guitar and vocals), John Gosling (keyboards), John Dalton (bass), Mick Avory (drums).

A new Ray Davies book - Americana: The Kinks, The Road and The Perfect Riff is published by Virgin Books this autumn.

Track listing

Disc One

1.  ‘20th Century Man’
2.  ‘Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues’
3.  ‘Holiday’
4.  ‘Skin And Bone’
5.  ‘Alcohol’
6.  ‘Complicated Life’
7.  ‘Here Come The People In Gray’
8.  ‘Have A Cuppa Tea’
9.  ‘Holloway Jail’
10. ‘Oklahoma U.S.A.’
11. ‘Uncle Son’
12. ‘Muswell Hillbilly’ 

Disc Two

1.  ‘Lavender Lane’ (unreleased)
2.  ‘Mountain Woman’ (unreleased)
3.  ‘Have A Cuppa Tea’ (Alternate version)
4.  ‘Muswell Hillbilly’ (1976 remix)
5.  ‘Uncle Son’ (Alternate version)
6.  ‘Kentucky Moon’ (unreleased)
7.  ‘Nobody’s Fool’ (demo - unreleased track)
8.  ‘20th Century Man’ (alternate instrumental take)
9.  ‘20th Century Man’ (1976 remix)
10. ‘Queenie’ (unreleased)
11. ‘Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues’ (BBC Peel Session)
12. ‘Holiday’ (BBC Peel Session)
13. ‘Skin And Bone’ (BBC Peel Session)

Thursday
Oct132011

The Kinks in Mono

Box set release: The Kinks in Mono
Release date: 21 November 2011
Label: Sanctuary


On November 21, an astonishing new 10 CD Kinks box set, The Kinks in Mono, will be released through Sanctuary. Bringing together The Kinks’ first seven LPs, all the way from Kinks through to Arthur, as well as 4 extra EPs and 2 volumes of further collectables – this time all in mono – the collection is a stunning retrospective. The set also includes a 32 page, pop annual style book complete with new liner notes, memorabilia (including rare photos), discography information and more. Each CD arrives boxed in beautiful digi-pack packaging, all of which are all collectively presented in a rigid Dansette style box.

The Kinks’ first 7 studio albums in mono are: Kinks, Kinda Kinks, Kontroversy, Face To Face, Something Else, Village Green Preservation Society, and Arthur.  

The 4 EPs are Kinksize Session, Kinksize Hits, Kweyt Kinks, Dedicated Kinks, while the further 2 discs (entitled The Kinks Mono Kollectables) contain unissued tracks and various singles from around the world. 

You can download the track listing here.

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Friday
May202011

The Kinks reissue more classic albums

  • Three iconic albums set for bonus packed re-release on June 13 2011
  •  Ray Davies to curate Meltdown festival

Legendary British guitar group the Kinks are to re-release three classic albums in a brand new double CD deluxe format on June 13 2011, following the re-issue of their first three albums in March.

Featuring rarities, outtakes, demos, session tracks and in depth liner notes Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) (1969), Face to Face (1966) and Something Else (1967) will be released on June 13, while Ray Davies’ Meltdown is in full swing on London’s South Bank.

This 2-CD expanded edition comes with deluxe packaging containing mono and stereo mixes as well as BBC sessions and short interviews, all remastered from original tapes by well-known Kinks archivist Andrew Sandoval. The CD booklets were designed by award winning art director Phil Smee and comes packed with rare and unreleased images.

These releases follow March’s re-issue of Kinks (1964), Kinda Kinks (1965) and The Kink Kontroversey (1965).

Forming over 45 years ago in North London, the Kinks have long been regarded as one of the truly great British bands. Members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, at the core of the band were brothers Ray and Dave Davies. The band released 25 acclaimed studio albums during their prolific career, which finally came to an end in 1996.

The re-issue tracklistings are:

Arthur

Disc 1

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 Bought A Hat Like Princess Marina
10. Young And Innocent Days
11. Nothing To Say
12. Arthur
13. Plastic Man
14. This Man He Weeps Tonight
15. Mindless Child Of Motherhood
16. Creeping Jean
17. Lincoln County
18. Hod My Hand
19. Victoria (BBC Version)
20. Mr Churchill Says (BBC Version)
21. Arthur (BBC Version)

Disc 2

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 Bought A Hat Like Princess Marina
10. Young And Innocent Days
11. Nothing To Say
12. Arthur
13. Plastic Man (Stereo mix)
14. This Man He Weeps Tonight (Stereo mix)
15. Drivin' (Alternate Mix)
16. Mindless Child Of Motherhood (Stereo mix )
17. Hold My Hand (Stereo)
18. Lincoln County (Stereo)
19. Mr Shoemaker's Daughter
20. Mr Reporter (Stereo)
21. Shangri La (Backing Track)

Face To Face

Disc 1

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. A 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
15. Dead End Street
16. Big Black Smoke
17. This Is Where I Belong
18. She's Got Everything
19. Little Miss Queen Of Darkness (Alternate Take)
20. Dead End Street (Alternate Version)

Disc 2

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. A 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
15. This Is Where I Belong
16. Big Black Smoke
17. She's Got Everything
18. You're Looking Fine (Alternate Stereo Mix)
19. Sunny Afternoon (Alternate Stereo Mix)
20. Fancy (Alternate Stereo Mix)
21. Little Miss Queen Of Darkness (Alternate Stereo Mix )
22. Dandy (Alternate Stereo Mix)

Something Else

Disc 1

1. David Watts (Stereo Album Version)
2. Death Of A Clown (Stereo Album Version)
3. Two Sisters (Stereo Album Version)
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 (Stereo Album Version)
13. Waterloo Sunset
14. Susannah's Still Alive (Stereo)
15. Autumn Almanac (Stereo)
16. Sand On My Shoes (Stereo)
17. Afternoon Tea (Alternate Version)
18. Mr Pleasant (Alternate Version)
19. Lazy Old Sun (Alternate Vocal Version)
20. Funny Face (Alternate Stereo Version)
21. Afternoon Tea (German Stereo Mix)
22. Tin Soldier Man (Alternate Backing Track)

Disc 2

1. David Watts
2. Death Of A Clown
3. Two Sisters
4. No Return (Mono Album Version)
5. Harry Rag (Mono Album Version)
6. Tin Soldier Man (Mono Album Version)
7. Situation Vacant (Mono Album Version)
8. Love Me Till The Sun Shines (Mono Album Version)
9. Lazy Old Sun (Mono Album Version)
10. Afternoon Tea (Mono Album Version)
11. Funny Face (Mono Album Version)
12. End Of The Season
13. Waterloo Sunset (Mono Album Version)
14. Act Nice And Gentle
15. Mr. Pleasant
16. Susannah's Still Alive
17. Autumn Almanac
18. Harry Rag (Alternate Take)
19. David Watts (Alternate Take)
20. Afternoon Tea (Canadian Mono Mix)
21. Sunny Afternoon (BBC Version )
22. Autumn Almanac (BBC Version)
23. Mr Pleasant (BBC Version)
24. Susannah's Still Alive (BBC Version)
25. David Watts (BBC Version)
26. Love Me Till The Sunshines (BBC Version)
27. Death Of A Clown (BBC Version)
28. Good Luck Charm (BBC Version)
29. Harry Rag (BBC Version)
30. Little Woman (Backing Track)