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The Kinks' early singles set a new standard for raucousness. "Louie Louie" chord progressions and monosyllabic declarations of lurve (love definitely isn't a strong-enough word) drove "You Really Got Me," "All Day and All... more »
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The Kinks' early singles set a new standard for raucousness. "Louie Louie" chord progressions and monosyllabic declarations of lurve (love definitely isn't a strong-enough word) drove "You Really Got Me," "All Day and All of the Night," and "I Need You." Only maniacal cackles from guitarist Dave Davies could've heightened their simple eloquence--and he provided even those before his solos on "Got Me" and "All Day." But brother Ray's observational talents quickly began to show: the optimistic "Till the End of the Day" is shadowed by an unspoken wistfulness, while "A Well Respected Man," "Dedicated Follower of Fashion," and "Sunny Afternoon" remain among the most cutting portraits of Britain's upper-class strivers. Both of the band's main impulses continue to be immensely influential, while the enraged "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" merges them in a three-and-a-half-minute burst of cold fury that few bands would match until the Sex Pistols era. --Rickey Wright
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Great selection of early Kinks songs
lekrzys | Evanston, IL United States | 05/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great selection of early Kinks songs. But, if you are a true fan you should buy their masterful albums. You can buy this as well, as there is very little overlap (except for "Face to Face"). Here is the order in which I recommend buying them:1. Something Else By The Kinks (5 stars)2. Face to Face (5 stars)3. Village Green Preservation Society (5 stars)4. Arthur... (5 stars)5. Lola Versus Powerman & The Moneygoround (4.5 stars)6. Misfits (4 stars)7. Muswell Hillbillies (4 stars)The first five are masterpieces. "Something Else" and "Village Green" are cohesive ensemble pieces; "Face to Face" is a fabulous collection of songs. Note that this is not a ranking; this is just the order in which I recommend buying these gems."
A Kinks Starter Kit
Dennis P. Feeley | Eatonville, WA USA | 08/16/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This CD is a definite must if you don't know a lot about the Kinks, but know that you like "You Really Got Me," or "All Day And All Of The Night." Going beyond those two songs this CD expands on the Davies genious and gives you a glimpse of why they actually are credited as helping start the punk movement nearly a decade later. Yet other songs stick to the pop ballad formula of the 60's British Invasion. If you buy this CD with the belief this is all the Kinks had to offer you are WRONG. This CD is merely a stepping stone for those unfamiliar with the KINKS. I would have given this CD 5 stars for the music, but due to the recording quality... something that was out of their control due to contracts and copyright ownership in the 80s, I gave it a 4. Not a bad recording, but their remastered stuff is far better. Sad to say this recording label hasn't done so yet. Still it's a must!"
The Kinks are the most Underrated band EVER!
R. Derington | San Francisco, California United States | 03/21/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great cd to buy for all of the early Kinks singles (most notably "You Really Got Me"). That said, they went on to do much better things. A lot of people would say the Velvet Underground are the most underrated band of all time, but everybody knows that -- so in reality the Kinks are! - I am a huge music fan, but I just recently discovered the Kinks (I am 29 - I discovered them 2 years ago). They are brilliant!! This album collects their earliest singles and "Come Dancing...." collects the later ones. What establishes them as pure geniuses of pop music are there albums, though. Buy these now!!!!: "Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society" -- this is easily as good as Sgt. Pepper's, Highway 61 or VU + Nico.... and get "Arthur, or decline....", and "Something Else" ---- after you have those three get "Muswell Hillbillies" and "Lola..." -- then get this greatest hits comp and the "come dancing" comp. and you will have the heat of heat of kinks stuff and you will be wondering, like me and a lot of other confused people why this band wasn't huge! But it is O.K. - they will be your private band that you don't have to share with the rest of the world (unlike the equally (but not more)brilliant) Beatles. The heat kids - THE HEAT!!!!"