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Kinks Ultimate Collection

2002 2 disc audio CD release

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A comprehensive collection spanning two decades of hits.

  • Jan 21, 2009

They arrived in America in 1964 riding the first wave of the British Invasion. Over the next two decades The Kinks would prove to be one of the most important and influential rock and roll bands in the world attracting a loyal and dedicated following while selling millions of singles and LP's.  For years I have been searching for a comprehensive collection of rock and roll's most important groups.  In 2002, Sanctuary records released the 2 disc set "Kinks: The Ultimate Collection".  For the very first time, this Kinks fan found virtually all of the Kinks hit records I was looking for in one fantastic collection.

"The Ultimate Collection" offers each and every one of their long string of great singles on Reprise between 1964 and 1971. Enjoy once again their biggest and most memorable hits including their debut release "You Really Got Me", "All Day And All Of The Night", "Tired of Waiting For You" as well as their huge 1970 hit "Lola".  I thought that some of the groups finest work took place during years 1966-1967 when they released terrific tunes like "Sunny Afternoon", "Dead End Street" and most expecially "A Well Respected Man" which remains one of my personal favorites  All of these tunes are included here.   "The Ultimate Collection" also allows you to sample some of bands big British hits including "Autumn Almanac" and "Waterloo Sunset".

In 1971 the Kinks left Reprise and signed a deal with RCA records. Over the next several years they recorded a number of critically acclaimed albums including "Muswell Hillbillies", "Schoolboys In Disgrace" and "Celluloid Heroes".   Oddly enough none of the singles from these albums would ever even make it to the Top 100 Singles chart.  You can sample the title track of "Celluloid Heroes" here in this collection.  Fast forward now to 1977. The Kinks had not had a hit record in more than 6 years.  The band signed a new deal with Arista records.  They were still making great music.  Over the next several years they would release a series of terrific and commercially successful albums including "Sleepwalker", "Misfits" and "Low Budget".  Suddenly, Kinks music was not only being heard on album-oriented FM stations but for the first time in a long time on Top 40 AM radio as well.   You can sample virtually all of these Arista hit singles in "The Ultimate Collection" including the aforementioned "Sleepwalker", "A Rock and Roll Fantasy",  "Do It Again" and their huge 1981 Top Ten hit "Come Dancing". 


If you are looking for the most comprehensive collection of  The Kinks then look no further.  "Kinks:  The Ultimate Collection" is definitely the one you want.  This collection was a long time coming but definitely worth the wait.   Highly recommended! 


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January 21, 2009
Great review. I listened to the Kinks growing up but haven't heard much of their music in awhile. Lola is an amazing song that always will cause me to turn up the volume when it comes on. I should buy this collection to rediscover their other songs. Thanks
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Arguably the finest and most expansive Kinks collection on the market! The first disc of this double-disc begins with their third single and first No. 1, the insistent 'You Really Got Me', then races through the glory years with the absurdly infectious likes of 'Sunny Afternoon', 'Waterloo Sunset', 'Lola' and 'Apeman'. Dave's two hits are included, too, and the disc ends with 'Come Dancing' and other selections from The Kinks' early-80s comeback. Disc Two includes songs that were hits for others ('David Watts' and 'Stop Your Sobbing'), various B-sides and other rarities, including 'God's Children', from the soundtrack of Percy, a movie about a fellow seeking the original owner of his recently transplanted penis. The Ultimate Collection is an excellent addition to the Kinks's cannon. 44 tracks in all spread over two discs. Sanctuary. 2007 .

Track Listings

Disc: 1 1. You Really Got Me 2. All Day and All of the Night 3. Tired of Waiting for You 4. Everybody's Gonna Be Happy 5. Set Me Free 6. See My Friends 7. Till the End of the Day 8. Dedicated Follower of Fashion 9. Sunny Afternoon 10. Dead End Street 11. Waterloo Sunset 12. Death of a Clown 13. Autumn Almanac 14. Susannah's Still Alive 15. Wonderboy 16. Days 17. Plastic Man 18. Victoria 19. Lola 20. Apeman 21. Supersonic Rocket Ship 22. Better Things 23. Come Dancing 24. Don't Forget to Dance Disc: 2 1. David Watts 2. Stop Your Sobbing 3. Dandy 4. Mr. Pleasant 5. I Gotta Move 6. Who'll Be the Next in Line 7. I Need You 8. ...
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Performer: The Kinks
Release Date: April 23, 2002
Label: Sanctuary
Genre: Oldies
Release Date: April 23, 2002
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