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The Kinks - The Pye Album Collection (10 CD box set) 2007

14-04-2015, 22:53

The Kinks - The Pye Album Collection (10 CD box set) 2007

Artist: The Kinks
Title Of Album: The Kinks - The Pye Album Collection
Year Of Release: 15. Sep 2007
Label: Castle
Genre: Rock
Quality: FLAC
Bitrate: lossless image+CUE +LOG +NO COVER
Total Size: 2,11 Gb

This box set delivers both a little more and a little less than it promises -- though the packaging is so cryptic that it's difficult to say precisely what it does promise. Billed as The Pye Album Collection, it contains ten nicely packaged mini-LP sleeves (each with an appropriate inner sleeve to protect the CD -- are you listening, Sony Classical, Rhino Handmade, and Hip-O Select?) representing the group's ten original albums for Pye Records. Not that these haven't been available before in various incarnations on both sides of the Atlantic (including some extant audiophile editions) and loaded up with bonus tracks -- but the producers have correctly reckoned that for the fans, on some level, the Kinks are like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and the Who, in that their albums carry some serious significance for a lot of people, standing up well on their own and also evoking a specific time and place in listeners' respective pasts. There are no bonus tracks anywhere here, and onlookers should also be reminded that the Kinks released a ton of important singles early in their history -- including "All Day and All of the Night," "A Well Respected Man," "Dedicated Follower of Fashion," and "Till the End of the Day" -- that were never part of any official LPs (except greatest-hits compilations) and, thus, are not represented here in any form. But that said, on the original Pye albums themselves, the spot-on, state-of-the-art, up-to-date mastering is so close that you feel like the Davies brothers' guitars are in the room with you on "So Mystifying" and "Just Can't Go to Sleep" (from their self-titled debut LP), and everything on the disc sounds that way. On the other hand, the makers have opened that album with "You Really Got Me," which was track number seven on the original LP, and also moved "Too Much Monkey Business" from its spot at track number 11, and everything except for "You Really Got Me" is in stereo, which is OK because they got the sound right (in fact, better than it was on the original LP). And the cover is a kind of hybrid, re-creating a Japanese cover for the album (with all songs listed in Japanese), and using the title "Kinks" on the spine but Kinks-Size on the front cover. Kinda Kinks, by contrast, contains only 12 songs (no singles) and a French Vogue Records cover (which uses the title "The Kinks" on its front and back jackets). Kink Kontroversy is present with the art from the Italian version (cover title "United Kinksdom") and the basic 12 songs. Face to Face is offered with its familiar U.K. cover art missing, replaced by a really cool photo of the band from the Greek version of the album. And Live at Kelvin Hall uses a cheerful shot of the bandmembers, all holding clocks, from the French issue. The real treat, however, is the Japanese version of Something Else, with its shot of the bandmembers staring out in full color, while the foreground presents as pretty a psychedelic array of flowers as anyone saw in 1967. Village Green Preservation Society appears in its ornate Italian jacket, with its cheerful shot of the band on a grassy field, and Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire), in its Dutch sleeve, has the black-and-white profiles of the bandmembers flanked by visual Victoriana, including the old girl herself. Lola vs. the Powerman & the Money-Go-Round, Pt. 1 features the familiar U.K. and U.S. art, and Percy -- which is really an afterthought as an album -- offers the U.K. sleeve art. The total running time seems skimpy for a ten-CD set, but the price is right and the packaging is fun. ~ Bruce Eder

The Kinks - The Pye Album Collection (10 CD box set) 2007

2008 import only repressing of this 10 CD box set. The Pye Album Collection contains all 10 of the band's classic Pye studio albums from their 1964 self-titled debut right up to 1971's Percy. All discs are packaged in replica paper sleeves. 124 tracks. Castle Music.


1964 Kinks
1 You Really Got Me 2.16
2 Beautiful Delilah 2.08
3 So Mystifying 2.55
4 Just Can't Go To Sleep 1.59
5 Long Tall Shorty 2.51
6 I Took My Baby Home 1.49
7 I'm A Lover Not A Fighter 2.05
8 Too Much Monkey Business 2.17
9 Cadillac 2.17
10 Bald Headed Woman 2.46
11 Revenge 2.44
12 I've Been Driving On Bald Mountain 1.31
13 Stop Your Sobbin' 2.07
14 Got Love If You Want It 3.43

1965 Kinda Kinks
1 Look For My Baby 2.17
2 Got My Feet On The Ground 2.14
3 Nothin' In The World Can Stop Me Worryin' Bout That Girl 2.44
4 Naggin' Woman 2.36
5 Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight? 2.01
6 Tired Of Waiting For You 2.31
7 Dancing In The Street 2.20
8 Don't Ever Change 2.25
9 Come On Now 1.49
10 So Long 2.10
11 You Shouldn't Be Sad 2.03
12 Someting Better Beginning 2.23

1965 The Kink Kontroversy
1 Milk Cow Blues 3.44
2 Ring The Bells 2.21
3 Gotta Get The First Plane Home 1.49
4 When I See That Girl Of Mine 2.12
5 I Am Free 2.32
6 Till The End Of The Day 2.21
7 The World Keeps Going Round 2.36
8 I'm On An Island 2.19
9 Where Have All The Good Times Gone 2.53
10 It's Too Late 2.37
11 What's In Store For Me 2.06
12 You Can't Win 2.37

1966 Face to Face
1 Party Line 2.36
2 Rosy Won't You Please Come Home 2.32
3 Dandy 2.11
4 Too Much On My Mind 2.28
5 Session Man 2.11
6 Rainy Day In June 3.16
7 House In The Country 3.02
8 Holiday In Waikiki 2.46
9 Most Exclusive Residence For Sale 2.53
10 Fancy 2.29
11 Little Miss Queen Of Darkness 3.16
12 You're Looking Fine 2.47
13 Sunny Afternoon 3.37
14 I'll Remember 2.25

1967 Something Else by The Kinks
1 David Watts 2.40
2 Death Of A Clown 3.15
3 Two Sisters 2.03
4 No Return 2.03
5 Harry Rag 2.19
6 Tin Soldier Man 2.53
7 Situation Vacant 2.43
8 Love Me Till The Sun Shines 3.23
9 Lazy Old Sun 2.49
10 Afternoon Tea 3.25
11 Funny Face 2.29
12 End Of The Season 3.00
13 Waterloo Sunset 3.16

1967 Live at the Kelvin Hall
1 Till The End Of The Day 3.20
2 A Well Respected Man 3.11
3 You're Looking Fine 3.27
4 Sunny Afternoon 4.57
5 Dandy 2.06
6 I'm On An Island 2.53
7 Come On Now 3.01
8 You Really Got Me 2.13
9 Medley: Milk Cow Blues/Batman Theme/Tired Of Waiting/Milk Cow Blues 8.52

1968 The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society
1 The Village Green Preservation Society 2.49
2 Do You Remember Walter 2.28
3 Picture Book 2.38
4 Johnny Thunder 2.33
5 Monica 2.15
6 People Take Pictures Of Each Other 2.26
7 Village Green 2.11
8 Mr. Songbird 2.27
9 Wicked Annabella 2.43
10 Starstruck 2.22
11 Phenominal Cat 2.37
12 Days 2.52

1969 Arthur or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire
1 Victoria 3.44
2 Yes Sir, No Sir 3.50
3 Some Mother's Son 3.28
4 Drivin' 3.17
5 Brainwashed 2.38
6 Australia 6.46
7 Shangri-La 5.23
8 Mr. Churchill Says 4.45
9 She's Brought A Hat Like Princess Marina 3.10
10 Young And Innocent Days 3.24
11 Nothing To Say 3.11
12 Arthur 5.26

1970 Part One. Lola Vs The Powerman and the Moneygoround
1 The Contenders 2.42
2 Strangers 3.19
3 Denmark Street 2.01
4 Get Back In Line 3.04
5 Lola 4.01
6 Top Of The Pops 3.39
7 The Moneyground 1.46
8 This Time Tomorrow 3.21
9 A Long Way From Home 2.26
10 Rats 2.39
11 Apeman 3.52
12 Powerman 4.17
13 Got To Be Free 2.59

1971 "Percy"
1 God's Children 3.19
2 Lola (Instrumental) 4.45
3 The Way Love Used To Be 2.14
4 Completely 3.41
5 Running Around Town 1.05
6 Moments 2.58
7 Animals In The Zoo 2.22
8 Just Friends 2.37
9 Whip Lady 1.21
10 Dreams 3.44
11 Helga 1.55
12 Willesden Green 2.28
13 God's Children (End) 0.27

The Kinks - The Pye Album Collection (10 CD box set) 2007

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