#227: The Kink Kronikles by The Kinks


The Kink Kronikles by The Kinks (1972)

Favorite Track(s): "Victoria" and "The Village Green Preservation Society" and "This is Where I Belong" and "Waterloo Sunset" and "Dead End Street" and "Shangri-La" and "Autumn Almanac" and "Sunny Afternoon" and "Apeman" and "Lola" and "She's Got Everything"

Thoughts: Alright, this is our third, and I believe final, Kinks album.  As it is a compilation album that features songs from those two other albums, The Village Green Preservation Society and Something Else, I was nervous we would have another Byrds debacle on our hands.  But there are enough songs from other Kinks albums on here (it's two discs/a double album) that I think I can let the over-lapping slide this time. Especially since lots of the songs are unreleased (in the U.S.) songs and b-sides and such, as opposed to just greatest hits.  Plus, and I might get flack for this, The Kinks are in a whole other league than The Byrds.  They're quintessentially British, yes, but Ray Davies' song-writing skills are so impressive.  Kinks songs are so...colorful.  From "Big Black Smoke":

Well, she slept in cafes and coffee bars and bowling alleys
And every penny she had
Was spent on purple hearts and cigarettes

I listen to a Kinks song and I can visualize a whole (British) world and story from it.  Like one "Penny Lane"-esque song after another.

Is This Better Than The River?: As good to me.

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