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The Kinks – Word of Mouth (1984/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Kinks – Word of Mouth (1984/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 42:04 minutes | 913 MB | Genre:  Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Legacy Recordings

State of Confusion gave the Kinks their biggest single in nearly 20 years, but they didn’t try to replicate the music hall-tinged pop of “Come Dancing” on its follow-up, Word of Mouth, preferring to concentrate on straight-ahead hard rock. Most of the material was well crafted, but only a few songs were distinctive, particularly the circular, synth-spiked minor hit “Do It Again.”  ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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The Kinks – Sleepwalker (1977/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Kinks – Sleepwalker (1977/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 40:06 minutes | 826 MB | Genre:  Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Legacy Recordings

Arista had made it clear they would not accept any concept albums from the Kinks, and Sleepwalker, their first effort for the label, makes good on the band’s promise. Comprised entirely of glossy arena rockers and power ballads, the album is more of a stylistic exercise than a collection of first-rate songs. Ray Davies contributed a handful of fairly strong songs, highlighted by the exceptional “Juke Box Music,” which sees him in a shockingly resigned frame of mind, claiming that rock & roll is just rock & roll, and nothing more. Unfortunately, he chose to illustrate that fact by loading the rest of Sleepwalker with competent but undistinguished mainstream rock. While that might have made the album a hit at the time, its processed sound and weak songs sound dated today, especially compared to the lively arena rock the Kinks later released. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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The Kinks – Celluloid Heroes (1975/2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Kinks – Celluloid Heroes (1975/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 45:03 minutes | 911 MB | Genre:  Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Legacy Recordings

Released in 1976, just as the Kinks ended their notoriously uneven tenure at RCA, The Kinks’ Greatest: Celluloid Heroes is a summary of their time at the label. Since they didn’t have many genuine hits while at RCA, this winds up being a haphazard sampling of concept albums. Occasionally, an album is accurately represented. For instance, the selections from Muswell Hillbilles are perfect, but considering that nearly half this compilation leans on that terrific record, they would have to be. Apart from that album, the selection is decidedly hit and miss. It isn’t that singles are missing – their lone British hit from this time, “Supersonic Rocket Ship,” is nowhere to be found – or that albums are overlooked (no Schoolboys in Disgrace), it’s that highlights like “Here Comes Yet Another Day” and “Sweet Lady Genevieve” are left on their original albums.  ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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The Kinks – Celluloid Heroes (1976) [Reissue 2007] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

The Kinks – The Kinks’ Greatest: Celluloid Heroes (1976) [SACD 2007]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 74:40 minutes | Scans included |  3 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,53 GB

Although they weren’t as boldly innovative as the Beatles or as popular as the Rolling Stones or the Who, the Kinks were one of the most influential bands of the British Invasion. Like most bands of their era, the Kinks began as an R&B/blues outfit. Within four years, the band had become the most staunchly English of all their contemporaries, drawing heavily from British music hall and traditional pop, as well as incorporating elements of country, folk, and blues.

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The Kinks – The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (2018 Stereo Remaster) (1968/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

The Kinks – The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (2018 Stereo Remaster) (1968/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 40:02 minutes | 527 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

BMG will be releasing a definitive version of the album many consider to be The Kinks’ singular masterpiece, The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society, which celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The new version of the album, which will be made available in a variety of formats, features a gorgeous, previously unreleased track entitled “Time Song” that was mixed earlier this year by Ray Davies himself. Though it was never included on an official release, The Kinks did perform the song during their January 1973 concert at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in celebration of Great Britain’s acceptance into the Common Market.

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The Kinks – Lola vs. Powerman and the Moneygoround, Pt. 1 (1970/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Kinks – Lola vs. Powerman and the Moneygoround, Pt. 1 (1970/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 40:04 minutes | 922 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: 7Digital | Front Cover | © Sanctuary Records

Lola , of course, became a classic-rock radio mainstay, but this entire 1970 album is nothing less than essential: Apeman; Got to Be Free; A Long Way from Home; Rats , and more songs that run from the funny to the furious.

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The Kinks – The Kink Kontroversy (1965/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Kinks – The Kink Kontroversy (1965/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 29:55 minutes | 372 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sanctuary Records

The Kinks came into their own as album artists and Ray Davies fully matured as a songwriter with The Kink Kontroversy, which bridged their raw early British Invasion sound with more sophisticated lyrics and thoughtful production. There are still powerful ravers like the hit “Til the End of the Day” (utilizing yet another “You Really Got Me”-type riff) and the abrasive, Dave Davies-sung cover of “Milk Cow Blues,” but tracks like the calypso pastiche “I’m on an Island,” where Ray sings of isolation with a forlorn yet merry bite, were far more indicative of their future direction. Other great songs on this underrated album include the uneasy nostalgia of “Where Have All the Good Times Gone?,” the plaintive, almost fatalistic ballads “Ring the Bells” and “The World Keeps Going Round,” and the Dave Davies-sung declaration of independence “I Am Free.”

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The Kinks – Percy (1971/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Kinks – Percy (1971/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 33:00 minutes | 701 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sanctuary Records

Ray Davies and company had already participated in one failed television musical when the movie Percy came along it wasn’t as original as Arthur, nor did Davies have nearly as much to do with its creation, but he still outdid himself given the material at hand. Directed and co-produced by Ralph Thomas, who had been responsible for some brilliant thrillers (The Clouded Yellow, Above Us the Waves) and very popular comedies (Doctor in the House) in past decades, Percy was the story of the world’s first penis transplant (it was probably inspired, or at least justified, by big-budget efforts of the period like Myra Breckinridge). Although virtually unseen in the United States, it was still popular enough to yield a sequel (Percy’s Progress), but its real impact came from its soundtrack. Davies wrote some hauntingly beautiful ballads and some solid blues and country as well “God’s Children” and “Animals in the Zoo” have turned up on some career anthologies, but there’s a lot more to Percy than those two tracks. “Completely” is as fine a slow blues as the band ever recorded, with a sizzling performance by Dave Davies, and “Dreams” is a pretty solid rocker, even up alongside “Animals in the Zoo.” To this day the album has never appeared in the U.S. catalog recorded at the tail end of their contract with Pye Records in England and Warner/Reprise in America, and connected with a movie that was never going to see much exposure in the U.S.A., Reprise passed on it at the time.

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The Kinks – Kinks (1964/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Kinks – Kinks (1964/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 33:09 minutes | 412 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sanctuary Records

Although the best of the Kinks’ early work is among the best British Invasion music, their initial pair of albums was far less consistent than those of the Beatles, Stones, and Who. Aside from the great “You Really Got Me,” this was a shabby, disappointing set with surprisingly thin production. As R&B cover artists, the Kinks weren’t nearly as adept as the Stones and Yardbirds; Ray Davies’ original tunes were, “You Really Got Me” aside, perfunctory Merseybeat-ish pastiches, and a couple of tunes that producer Shel Talmy penned for the group (“Bald Headed Woman,” “I’ve Been Driving on Bald Mountain”) were simply abominable. The rave-up treatments of the R&B standards “Got Love If You Want It” and “Cadillac” were good, and the simple “Stop Your Sobbing” would eventually be covered by the Pretenders, but overall this is really patchy.

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The Kinks – Kinda Kinks (1965/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Kinks – Kinda Kinks (1965/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 27:28 minutes | 342 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sanctuary Records

The Kinks’ second album, Kinda Kinks, was rush-recorded on either side (and in the midst) of a world tour that took them all the way to Australia in the course of bridging the 1964-1965 New Year. Under those circumstances, the fact that every cut but one was an original was no small tribute to the songwriting ability of Ray Davies, even if most of the songs were less than first-rate because what was first-rate was also highly memorable, and what wasn’t also wasn’t bad. In the space of two frantic late-December and mid-January sessions, and a brutal week in February of 1965, the group cut 11 songs to fill out a long-player that was already destined to contain “Tired of Waiting for You” (a product of the previous summer’s work, held back by producer Shel Talmy for a single). Also along for the ride were the latter’s driving B-side “Come on Now” and “Something Better Beginning” (both cut in December 1964). So the resulting record was uneven but filled with promise, and possessed of at least three bright spots additionally, and equally important, this album showcased a much more sophisticated sound, Dave Davies’ guitar turned down (and even switched to acoustic in a couple of spots) as Ray Davies began exploring aspects of emotions and storytelling that transcended anything in the group’s prior output “Nothin’ in This World Can Stop Me Worryin’ ‘Bout That Girl” may have been a mouthful of a title, but it also put them right in the front of the British Invasion pack for seriousness and complexity, out in front of where the Beatles or almost any of the competition were in early 1965, but it didn’t stop them from switching gears to the bluesy “Naggin’ Woman.”

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