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The Village Green Preservation Society

The Kinks

1968

The Village Green Preservation Society

Album Summary

The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society is the sixth studio album by the English rock band the Kinks. It was released on 22 November 1968 in the United Kingdom by Pye Records and in February 1969 in the United States by Reprise Records. A commercial failure on release, it was the band's first studio album which failed to chart in either country, but was lauded by contemporary critics for its songwriting. It was embraced by America's new underground rock press, completing the Kinks' transformation from mid-1960s pop hitmakers to critically favoured cult band. Bandleader Ray Davies loosely conceptualised the album as a collection of character studies, an idea he based on Dylan Thomas's 1954 radio drama Under Milk Wood. It thematically reflects Davies' concerns about the increasing modernisation and encroaching influence of America and Europe on English society, centring around notions of nostalgia, memory and preservation. Other than "Village Green", which was recorded in November 1966 and then re-recorded in February 1967, sessions began in March 1968 at Pye Studios in London. The sessions produced numerous recordings, including the non-album singles "Wonderboy" and "Days", while others went unreleased for years. Incorporating a range of stylistic influences, including music hall, folk pop and baroque pop, the album was the first which Davies produced entirely on his own and was the last to feature the original Kinks line-up, as bassist Pete Quaife departed the band in March 1969. It also marked the final collaboration between the Kinks and session keyboardist Nicky Hopkins, whose playing features heavily on piano, harpsichord and Mellotron. The album's planned September 1968 release was delayed by two months after Davies' last-minute decision to rearrange and augment the tracklist. Village Green is regarded by commentators as an early concept album. Despite its initial commercial failure, it has influenced numerous musical acts, including Pete Townshend of the Who, Paul Weller, the Jam, Electric Light Orchestra, Blur, Oasis, Yo La Tengo, Green Day and Ultimate Painting. The album experienced a critical and commercial resurgence in the 1990s, driven in part by its major impact on indie rock acts, and it has been reissued several times, including an expanded edition in 2018. In the UK it was certified silver for reaching 60,000 sales in 2008 and gold for reaching 100,000 in 2018. It has been included in several critics' and listeners' polls for the best albums of all time, including those published by Rolling Stone magazine and in the book All Time Top 1000 Albums.

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Rating

3.45

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4866

Genres

  • Rock
  • Pop
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5

I adore traditional pop songwriting so it's really a no-brainer. It's like Rubber Soul x Sgt. Pepper's and all of the lyrics sound like In My Life.

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5

This album is so imaginative and so wildly different than what the rest of the British Invasion survivors were putting out, and I love every minute of it. Ray Davies loves hyperbolic irony and took great pleasure in skewering British imperialism and culture, but all the while using English colloquialism and flipping things on their head. Other than "All of My Friends Were There", this is a desert island disc. Fav Tracks: Big Sky, Starstruck, Monica, Picture Book and The Last of the Steam-Powered Train

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5

Considered a flop at time of release, this is basically a more upbeat Belle & Sebastian album. It's great.

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Nothing to hate here. Very solid representation of a time and place. There's some ... we'll call it "experimental" engineering choices on this album that didn't exactly work out all that great but, overall, it's a chill, fun, 60s britrock album.

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5

This album made me want to listen to The Kinks more. The only thing I didn't like about this album is that some of the songs weren't particularly memorable but there aren't any songs that I would say are bad. This album also features a lot of interesting composition and chord progressions that are fairly unique and recognizable (like Johnny Thunder for example). The whole album describes a happy, ignorat upper-middle class lifestyle in a way that is at times satirical. Phenominal Cat is a song about a fat cat and honestly Andre Lloyd Webber wishes he could have written something as good as this. The only part of this album that I dislike is the verse of All of My Friends Were There because it feels a little too cheesy. Wicked Anabella reminds me of Maxwell's Silver Hammer in that it's a 60s song about an evil person and it SLAPS. Pictures of Each Other seems even more relevant today with lyrics such as "People take pictures of each other, just to prove that they really existed." I think The Kinks roasted Instagram 42 years before it existed. Favorite songs: Picture Book, Last of the Steam-Power Trains, Sitting By the Riverside, Animal Farm, Village Green, Phenomenal Cat, Wicked Annabella, People Take Pictures of Each Other Least Favorite Song: All of My Friends Were There Light 9/10

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5

An early concept album, on the notion of an Englishness that even in 68 was already gone... If it ever existed. Packed with different genres from music hall to psychedelia but always sounds like The Kinks. Elements which would influence ELO, early Bowie, Pink Floyd...

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5

Great! Funny and interesting songs. Up there with some of the most legendary beatles albums from that time.

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5

underground beatles. a little goofy but also very standard. instrumentation standard. Opening track is great. more substance than majority of beatles songs. beatles for the hipster in your life. Adding this to a list of albums I would return to.

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5

I love this album, front-to-back. It's the Kinks at their most self-consciously uncool. The backwards-looking approach gives it a unique place in the 60s pantheon. The sidestep from psychadelia, prog, and heavier rock coming into vogue pre-sages decades of power pop to follow. While, in some senses, the Kinks music would become more vaudeville and theatrical in years to follow, this concept record hits a sweet spot of thematic consistency, playfulness, and exquisitely melodic songwriting. Favourite songs: Picture Book, Starstruck, Monica

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God shit

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I listened to the opening track like 7 times, I cannot believe how catchy it was. The whole album was a fun time, and it was among one of my favorite ones I have listened to so far. HELL YEAH VILLAGE GREEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY.

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5

Quintessentially English. Top notch!

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5

Well, I just spent all morning discovering the Kinks and their long history through decades and genres. I hope there are more of their albums on this list. A 5.

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5

the greatest album EVER

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5

I LOVE THE KINKS!!!!!!!!!!!

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The best way in which I can describe the Kinks is that they sound like the Beatles, but happier. The best way in which I can describe "The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society" is that it has perfect mixing (how can a 50+ year album sound this bloody good?) beautiful harmonies and a delightfully gleeful sense of nostalgia. Ray Davies refers to this record as as an affectionate acknowledgement of his culture, a statement on changes in life and memories that remain, and the search for new things to give meaning and enjoyment to living. In my case, I think the Kinks got it just right. 4/5.

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The Kinks are really underrated in my opinion. Sure, they have a couple of mega-hits but if you delve deeper into their catalog they have a bunch of super catchy, iconic songs that no one seems to have noticed. Picture Book is a great example - I only became aware of it because it was used in a commercial awhile back. What an awesome song! Great album all around. 4 stars.

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lite intetsägande men lite kul att lyssna på ändå. tvåa eller trea.

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I know the Kinks for the hits, but I don't know this album, and it doesn't have any of the big hits. But it's still solid musically, hard to fault. Pretty standard '60s rock, but nothing special really. Favorite tracks: Village Green Preservation Society, Big Sky, Picture Book. Album art: Cool band photo, love the swirly neon colors. Title is a mouthful though. 3.5/5

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Je ne me souviens plus de l'album alors je vais vous raconter ma journée. Vers 9h, je sors de mon lit et vais prendre mon café. Une fois mes mails du jour attentivement lus, je décide d'annoncer à la personne qui m'avait fait passer un entretien vendredi dernier que j'ai finalement accepté une autre offre que la sienne, tout en lui souhaitant de trouver le candidat qu'elle recherche. S'ensuit un black out de 25 heures et un état de conscience repris à l'instant. Affaire à suivre.

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i love this

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5

A favourite Kinks album with some classic songs

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YES love this one already

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5

Extremely influential

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5

Some rhythms and melodies in here that I know exist elsewhere

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5

5 Punkte, da eins meiner all time lieblingslieder drauf ist.

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5

This album was great. I love Picture Book, great song.

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5

Outstanding.

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9/10

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5

Loved it

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5

Pop sixtie y experimentación en un disco conceptual precioso y nostálgico. Canciones cortas y brillantes. Muy bonito, no tiene que envidiar nada a Beatles ni Rolling.

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5

Songs are nice and short, so we're off to a good start. No songs stick out as obvious singles. But overall really good. I actually started listening again after it ended.

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Я люблю такое

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Ooh goede zomer vibe i like it Animal farm hype

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5

Arguably the best Kinks record.

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modern b

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5

Really like this album. I'm familiar with the usual Kinks songs but had never heard any of the songs on this album. I keep listening to the title track over and over again. It's got a Lewis Carroll feel to it. The whole album is amazing though start to finish. There are a few silly songs on the album but they don't really distract from the whole and even those have some parts that are really good.

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5

Wonderful record. Hadn’t realised that it was so ignored initially. “…Walter” a standout track for me.

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5

5 of 1,001. First time listening, but loved this. Lots of great moments. Will listen to this again.

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5

I absolutely love the Kinks, and this is a classic. Picture Book is the standout tune for me, absolutely wonderful.

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5

Picture Book direct inspo for MD's Salad Days

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5

There are some great sounds coming out of this one. There are timeless hooks and builds that have influenced countless bands. Not to mention consumers. Some songs, or portions of them are ubiquitous in film scores (Darjeeling Limited) and commercials. 'Picture Book' was played in an HP Commercial that played incessantly in the early 2000's. Also the intro from 'Steam-Powered Trains' is used in either some Dick Pills, or Valtrex / STD-type commercials. And why not? With lines like "I'm the last of the good old renegades, all my friends are middle-class and gray" and "last of the good choo-choo trains" big pharma was obviously looking to connect with old dudes looking to plow twenty year-olds. The selection only makes sense. Anyhow, I really love the sound of this album. It's ragged, garage-y and crusty, yet loosely unified in all the right spots... perfect for old dudes. This is The Kinks that I know and love.

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5

This sounds like something the Beatles could've put out. Very experimental songwriting and rock solid execution. This might be my favorite Kinks album.

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5

I had never heard this album, but I think I will listen to it and see if it hopes up to Soap Opera

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5

Loved it

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5

The Kinks have a ton of hits. I can probably name 15 off the top of my head, the majority of them perfect pop songs. And there isn't a single one of those gems on this album. In fact, unless you're related to the Davies or you happen to be Wes Anderson, you likely haven't heard any song from this album. It doesn't matter. This album is fucking great. I loved every minute of it, and I'm almost embarrassed that it took this long to finally get around to hearing it. This is a million times better than all the Byrds albums we've had to listen to here. We should probably talk about Ray and Dave Davies more than we do, or at least more than the press we give to the freaking Gallagher Brothers.

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5

Love The Kinks. Perfection.

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5

From the title and album cover down, you may think that this is The Kinks at their most San Francisco in 1967 and you wouldn't be blamed. You also wouldn't be blamed if you think this is The Kinks at their absolute finest. One listen to the title track and you are transported into a time when things were simple and not even that description does this album justice. The Kinks' greatest forty minutes and forty minutes well spent.

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FIVE STARS An all-time classic and a personal favorite of mine. As is usually the case with those five-stars albums, I won't write a full-blown review about this particular record, because others have already written wonderful stuff about it and there's not much I can add that I feel could be relevant and interesting. It's just a gem. Go and listen to it a.s.a.p. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 963 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 16 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 8 Albums from the list I will *not* include in mine (as I think many others are more important): 12 Albums I might not be able to judge (some might end up on my final list but it's because I recognize how culturally important they are): 2

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5

Wantlist

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5

Favorite Kinks album, just a great album.

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5

I love this album... Ray Davies at his whimsical best. happy it was the last one I got to listen to in Australia.

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5

Love the Kinks and I believe this is their best album. Their true masterpiece.

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5

As English as the queen of englands proverbials! This is classic songwriting!

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5

Instant 5 for "The Last of the Stream-Powered Trains" - T/E should not be surprised

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5

Listened to this one twice---mono first then stereo and really liked it both times. I think I like the mono mix better but the stereo version is better quality sound. I previously avoided The Kinks b/c of only having access to deluxe/super deluxe/expanded versions; makes for annoying last.fm scrobbles and I don't like having to look up what the original album included and then have save a playlist to avoid the extra, unneeded tracks later. Anyway, I really liked People Take Pictures of Each Other and Big Sky, which has been in my head all weekend. I think I like this as much as my previous favorite Kinks, Muswell Hillbillies.

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5

Well, 'Starstruck' and the weird, slightly unsettling 'Monica' are two of my favourite Kinks tracks; whilst 'Picture Book' is one of my favourite pop songs, full stop. Just those three songs alone warrant five stars. But you know what? The rest is a joy too - charming, ambitious and seemingly unfettered by received notions of what rock music should treat as its subject matter. Very British, wry, observant and rather lovely.

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5

Just such evocative music, really speaks to Britain in a specific way no other album really does. 4.7

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5

One of my favorite concept albums. Whereas Sgt. Pepper's contrasted a drab reality with an escape into psychedelia, Village Green escapes into a nostalgia for the past - and stays more grounded in doing so. It has a more consistent and even keeled tone. Okay, it does become a bit unraveled at the end, with the oddness of "Phenomenal Cat" and the jerky but dreamlike "All Of My Friends Were There." Other than that though, this album flows like The River Thames. These songs seem to come from a very real and direct place. The product of honest self reflection. It amazes me that Ray Davies was only 24 years old at the time of recording this album. He was able to articulate the wisdom and perspective of someone well beyond his years. An underrated classic that stands the rest of time.

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5

Their sound is so freaking delicious. Love the concept thread format.

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5

Easy listening on the train ride home

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5

Such a lovely sweet little album, brings a slight sweet smile to my face. Not unlike a Bill Forsyth movie with sweet characters that are creatively and vividly captured within the grooves of this album. Some might say it's too light-weight where are those Kink rockers? Personally I don't miss them one but. Ray Davies has always written gorgeous melodies and lyrics and to my ear the arrangements for these songs are absolutely perfect. 5 stars.

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5

All time classic.

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5

love it, listen to it frequently, not a bad song on it and many top tunes including two or three of their best. wonderful album

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5

It probably does sound a little dated nowadays but this is one of my favourite albums. It's chock full of well crafted songs with plenty of variety yet it holds together really well. I love the punchy production which makes it a little less whimsical than the preceding 'Something Else' album. The lyrics tell imaginary tales from a Ray Davies fantasy land. Diverse fables and characters about childhood, old school friends, old photographs, wicked witches, the pleasures of idleness, god, prostitutes, 1984, cartoon characters, village fetes. To top it off there's some fabulous vocals and instrumental arrangements. Personal favorites include 'Do You Remember Walter', 'Picture Book', 'Phenomenal Cat' and 'Monica' but pretty much every track is a winner. The only (minor) quibble is the lack of a well know "classic" - it's a shame 'Days' was not on the UK edition.

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5

Beautifully complex classic piece of literature detailing the wants of preservationalists in the 70s great highlights all around can't think of anything wrong with it... for the first listen I'm confident in giving it a 9.9/10

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5

Title track tells you what this album is: a memory project, a sonic collage of a time and place. I think that time is both relative (it's the childhood of The Kinks' band members) and also definite (England after the Second World War). The past often feels like an innocent time of untouched pleasures but we know it's an illusion. Things are hidden from children that they can only see with adult eyes. After the War, the Empire was crumbling and a century of unrest was nowhere near over. Of course when you're experiencing childhood and innocence, you're not conscious of it. You turn it into story and song later, in memory, with the benefit of adult hindsight. The tone of a project like that is what The Kinks get right. The songs are not exactly cheerful but have jingly mostly-major-key melodies that often introduce a note of uncertainty or irresolution. The ascending scale in Picture Book over the chorus is a good example of this. Ditto the very end of Sitting by the Riverside where the keys suddenly become uncanny for just a bit and upset the romantic fantasy before the last refrain comes in. The songs are fairly simple pop ballads, almost reminiscent of nursery songs, if you read them straight. But I think most, given the combination of lyrics and melody, are knowingly ironic. This can be a jaded and bitter irony: "You're taken in by the lights, think you'll never look back..." Or more reflective: "People take pictures of each other, and the moment can last them forever, of the time when they mattered to someone..." Sometimes it becomes comically self-consoling out of necessity: "I went to that old cafe where I had been in much happier days, and all of my friends were there..." You need to really listen to hear those hidden notes. I think the comparison to The Beatles is fair and some of the songs can be a little tedious. But it's just a bit more claustrophobic and sad because it isn't committed to being a transcendent experience like Sgt. Pepper. These songs are committed to making you uncomfortable rather than giving you a good time. It makes me want to listen to them again and again to detect their deceptive nuances.

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5

Such a pleasurable album. Everything feels just right. The songs are all catchy (in a way that's not corny), the arrangement is engaging, fun and organic throughout--I particularly love the spare but well-chosen use of guitars––and the lyrics are witty and biting but never too cynical either. I love it.

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5

I feel pure joy when I listen to the kinks. They are really great at making catchy songs that are also deceptively intricate. Almost none of their songs are simple 4 chord songs like every pop song today. Their songs often change keys or have interesting chord progressions; it’s pop perfection but it’s substantial enough to keep me interested. I love their vocal harmony sound (Their following album is better than this one)

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5

It's really good, enjoyed it.

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5

Absolutely classic, if you haven’t heard this you’ve been missing out

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5

What a great album!

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5

A beautiful album from The Kinks, full of nostalgia and longing for a rural England that perhaps never quite existed. Ray could always write a gorgeous melody and Dave and the band could bring it to vibrant life.

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5

Great!

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5

More recognizable songs. Beetles-esque sound

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4

Great concept album.

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9/10 this is another one of em albums where i dont have much to say about it. just a really good nostalgic time. writing this mid day instead of night like usual so im not nearly as rambly. maybe thats the secret ingredient???????/ good to finally get another older album btw

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6.5-7/10

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What an absolute delight of a pop record. I want to somehow play the songs on the violin. I want to listen again and see if I think it's a little better or a lot worse. I want a better master. I want slightly longer songs. I love the song about a cat; Reminded me of The Weakerthans.

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4

Kinks are underrated

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4

Very good

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4

Definitely a lot of influence from the Beatles on this one

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4

Some of this sounds like modern “bro-psychedelic”, which makes me see this as well the blueprint. It’s a sound I very much enjoy.

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4

Nice for easy beach or hike day. Didn't know they sang "Lola"

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4

More fun, folksy 60s rock. I like some of their other songs, so hearing more from them was nice.

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4

Great 60 alt record. None of the songs stuck out the the overall feel of the album was great.

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4

Great album, great concept. An easy 4.5 but alas

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4

Not my favourite Kinks in regards to there is no outstanding tracks but as an album it flows nicely.

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Long one of my favorites, both of the Kinks and of this era/style generally. For me it doesn't quite make it as a concept album, and a fair bit of what occurs between the masterpieces is a bit lightweight - but the great stuff is so great

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4

Super fun British pop. Really enjoyed it!

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4

Country, rarito, parece musica de iglesia.

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4

Oh mama 60s folk rock

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4

Had never heard of it. Really liked it.

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4

An album I didn't know existed despite knowing a lot about the Kinks.

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I've always really liked The Kinks. They remind me of a more-socially-conscious Beatles. A lot of their songs are timeless, and their lyrics are so great. That being said, I've always thought Lola was the better album.

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4

very good album. some forgettable songs but also some really great ones

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4

Great. I will listen to more Kinks after this.

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4

They made a whole album based on that record store in Muncie

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The Kinks are one of the most under appreciated bands from the UK invasion. It’s easy to be overlooked with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones as your peers. As a whole I much preferred this to the previously revised “Aftermath” by The Stones. It’s clear that this album has been influential far beyond its release. Out of 10 I would give it a 9.1 out of 10.

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4

Really nice! It took me three days to finish the album, but I really enjoyed it.

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Bin halbwegs überrascht, auch wenn das alles sehr nach Beatles klingt, fühle ich kein Plagiat. Es hat gute Laune, schwingt, bisschen lustig auch, insgesamt: frei. Starke 3.8.

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4

Lovely stuff

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niet slecht typisch 60

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Not bad actually

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4

A wholesome moment in time.

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4

Classic.

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4

Het dorp is weer veilig en blijft verder gaan voor kinky behoud

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4

Added to the library, enjoyed this one.

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4

I like this. I was only familiar w/ one or two songs going into it, but I see why it is rightfully considered a classic

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4

Aangename nummers met een leuke melodie.

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swinging london merita sempre

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4

This is such a great album!! Concept albums were just becoming a thin after Sgt Pepper and not sure if this album suffered in sales because of it, it definitely seemed a departure for the Kinks. The Kinks have always been a bit up against it in the U.S. and had more of a cult following than mainstream. Also I saw that the Beatles White Album was released on the same day (my 13th birthday!!) Which may have impacted sales. Back in 68 everything was pretty much pushed by radio play and unfortunately there wasn't really any charting singles. It was a great critical success though. The Englishness of the lyrics may have impacted sales outside of the US. Regardless this is a fantastic album. It is a stellar Pop album! Favorite songs: Starstruck, Picture Book, Animal Farm, VIllage Green. 4 1/2 *

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4

Yeah really liked it

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4

It was different. Older than I’m used to

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I really like this album, great songs. Good variety but the theme is great. The steam train song is my favourite on the album

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3.5

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3.6 heel leuk, vrolijke. Moest ik een serie hebben zou er zeker een liedje van inkomen.

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4

Kinks kick ass!

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4

Canciones muy molonas, un sonido guapo también

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4

Typical pop rock sound. It sounds great though. Very palatable and honestly a good record to put on in the background. An easy listen and a very smooth album throughout.

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4

Nada que envidiar a un álbum de los Beatles. Mis respetos a los Kinks por sacar este álbum en medio de tanta competencia.

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4

Pure Sound of the Sixties

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4

very solid album

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4

fun album

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4

Excellent record

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4

Overall a good album, its very easy listening and fits in nicely with the pop/folk rock of the late 60s. Its a real shame that it was released on the same day as the Beetles "White" album. With themes such as the nostalgia of childhood and small village life contrasting to the quickly changing youth of the late 60s it cements itself as one to listen to on a lazy afternoon and watch the world go by. Best: Village Green Preservation Society; People Take Pictures of Each other Worst: Monica

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4

Good album that's a little too restrained to be great and at times feels inherently constrained by it's concept. Uncritical and unexamined nostalgia that lacks any kind of edge. An occasional album that's well balanced but lacks any standout songs you'll remember half an hour later.

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4

Had some nice tunes, good background music at the worst.

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4

a ton of songs i've heard before, old school rhythm and blues very English

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4.5 Stars. A concept pop rock album that highlights Ray Davies' songwriting and vocals. The concept of the album is a nostalgic and idealized view of rural English life, each track dealing with a particular part of that life haven't gone by, either by societies progress or Davies personally outgrowing such a life. As the title of the album implies, Davies wants to preserve this way of life, contrasting the cultural movements and issues of the time the album was released: 1968. Every track has a catchy melody and the overall sound of the album is very calm. Detailed instrumentations add to the fundamental theme of the album as well as its charm. Favorite tracks: The Village Green Preservation Society, Do You Remember Walter?, Picture Book, Johnny Thunder, Village Green

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4

Not as good as Arthur but Big Sky is easily my favourite Kinks song

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4

Kinky.

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4

Really good. I can see the way they influenced a bunch of other bands after them.

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Reminds of the Beatles. I like the rock 'n roll vibe that this album gives. A nice and relaxing rock sound, that brings back humble rock startings. 4/5

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Toe-tapping, no song overstayed its welcome

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Pleasant sunshine pop album

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Got better as the album went on, seemed basic, but good melodies and lyrics.

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Another fun album by The Kinks. I think I like this one more than Arthur.

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A little gem of an album.

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Boisterous and fun, this is a cracker of an album, full of groove and sizzle. Highly recommended. Top tracks: Last of the steam-powered trains, Big Sky, The Village Green Preservation Society

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liked it, like a wes anderson soundtrack

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I swear I wrote stuff yesterday, must have forgotten to save it! Ray Davies is an amazing songwriter. Wit and nostalgia. Sometimes a bit sludgy when they try more rocky stuff, but when it's light and dreamy it's sublime. Anything with Village Green or Cat in the title is brill. As is Down By the Riverside. Picture Book is overrated (see the rockier bits being a bit bland, but Ray Davies lyricism covers for it).

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This album encapsulates my view of what the music scene in the late '60s was like (not having been around at the time). Jangly, poppy, a whiff of beach boys. Very nice

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Before this record, I thought The Kinks were some kind of "one hit wonder", but this work changed my mind. These guys know how to write an earworm, for sure. This is a fun album - Short songs with poppy melodies. I liked the first half more than the second one (there is where my favorites are: Picture Book and Big Sky).

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,,The Village Green Preservation Society" noice vocals, kinda similiar to the beatles ,Do You Remember Walter" nice, smily vibe, kinda lite, i would say cherfull to listen ,,Picture Book" similiar vibe to previous ones ,,Johnny Thunder" i like the guitar ,,Last of the Steam-Powered Trains" good old vibe ,,Big Sky" good to chill ,,Sitting by the Riverside" cherfull, nice ,,Animal Farm" nice guitar, nice chill ,,Village Green" kinda different, single main voice, another vibe ,,Starstruck" feel the old times ,,Phenomenal Cat" more calm and not as energetic and positive as the other ones ,,All of My Friend Where There" that simple, positive vibe i like it, ,,Wicked Annabella" not as good, still ok ,,Monica" nice to listen, i liked the vibe ,,People Take Pictures of Each Other" cherfull, nice instruments whole album has that nice, cherfull vibe (that i find similliar to the beatles) it was good to listen, enjoyed it. i liked ,,all of my friends were there" but i found every song here nice. i could go back to this album. hasn`t found the fire song here. 7 or 8/10

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Very good 60s rock album Especially like picture book, steam powered trains

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All very quaint, quirky and pleasant but nothing outstanding. I think it might be the production is a little muddy, maybe lacking a George Martin figure to punch it to a 5?

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fun and good

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Liked it, very relaxed

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Un disc que és gairebé un quadre impressionista sobre la vida anglesa. Tot i ser preciós i recomenable, mai he entés l'aura que l'acompanya. La banda va fer millors discos abans i després

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Very cool earlier Kinks sound.

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This was pretty silly

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4.5

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It's like what Rubber Soul was for The Beatles, the start of a great new chapter in the bands history

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Fantastic, it’s The Kinks, nuff said!

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Ajalta, jolloin brittirockissa paistoi aurinko. Kenties vähän itseään toistavaa, mutta sitten tulee Wicked Annabella tuulettamaan menoa. sanotaan 3.5/5, pyöristyy ylöspäin.

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Tykkään. Aina miettinyt kuunteleeko näitä kukaan vai onko jäänyt täysin Beatlesien varjoon. Mutta syytä olisi. Kokonaisuutena päihittää monet Beatles-levyt, vaikka hitit puuttuukin.

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Não reconheci as músicas.

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Hi- The Village Green Preservation Society, Do You Remember Walter?, Picture Book, Last of the Steam-Powered Trains, Village Green Lo- Sitting by the Riverside, All of My Friends Were There "God save Donald Duck" is a great way to get me on board with your message, but the opening track is cleverly written, promising and upbeat. Picture Book features a chord progression reminiscent of Walkie-Talkie Man by Steriogram. Last of the Steam-Powered Trains is fun and lovable. Animal Farm is carefree and bright and Village Green is incredibly charming with its plinking harpsichord guiding the listener through a journey of memories, melodies, and sharp progressions. This album seems both way ahead of its time but also solidly belonging there, feeling like mid-2000s britpop (and it is VERY British) meets 60's psychadelic. Every track is tight, but not abbreviated...They do suffer from lower audio quality, which is really just an unfortunate product of their time, because this is a very enjoyable listen, otherwise, one that I'll keep in rotation!

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God save Donald Duck, kinky.

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Started strong. I kind of wasn't really listening towards the end though. Just get yourself a 'best of The Kinks' album instead.

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What a delightfully strange album. It’s part ode and part send up of English life with a psychedelic twist. The album spans genres though it is mostly whimsical folky psychedelic music punctuated by bluesy heavier tracks. I can hear shades of David Bowie in this album and believe that it must have been an influence on him.

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Very fun Brit pop album. I didn't like it quite as much as some of the other Kinks albums, but still a good time.

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big sky!

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Disco sesentero muy chulo

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Lovely bit of music there. Still the clear unencumbered sound of 60s

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-Pretty nice rock album -Couple parts sounded Beatles-like -Quick, Pleasent tracks -Notjing stood out like crazy, but it was all nice rock

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I find a lot of music from the 60s and 70s just doesn't quite hit with me for whatever reason. Maybe it's the same reason I'm not loving a lot of newer music. But not this album. This was great!

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Brilliant and odd, and really fun. Reminiscent of Sgt Pepper's and Pet Sounds, but more tongue in cheek.

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The weirdest damn cheery album I have heard in awhile.

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Genre: Pop Rock 4/5 An album I had never listened to before, and it's truly an absolute pop rock gem. This one stands up to any other rock output at the time. A real treat from the late 60s. The Kinks, a band more widely known for their huge hit song You Really Got me, had grown out of the British Invasion sound just as much as any of their contemporaries, and The Village Green Preservation Society is a real triumph. They blend together baroque pop and psych pop influences seamlessly, and they ended up making one of the best British rock albums from that time period. The song that I kept going back to from this was All of My Friends Were There, a part psych-folk/part waltz cut towards the end of the album, which details a performer who drunkenly stumbles through his act. While he's telling the crowd that this is unlike him, he notices all of his friends are there to witness it. And their best friends too. He hides in disguise for a few years, before utilizing liquid courage once again to go up on stage and prove he can still perform, remaking his old friends in the process. And it's all told by lead singer/songwriter Ray Davies perfectly, and he does it all in under 2-1/2 minutes. It's truly a perfect pop song, with its adult themes presented in a kitschy, relatable way that anybody can digest and enjoy. Beyond that one tremendous song, the title track is a great little rock song, Picture Book is a delightful musical retelling of looking through old family photo albums, Sitting by the Riverside has some great psychedelic vibes hidden beneath its cutesy, old-timey, Music Hall sound, amongst some other really wonderful, well-played, and well-written songs (Animal Farm, Wicked Annabella). This is one of my favorites so far throughout this exercise, and even if a few duds sit within this 15-track album, this will be one I'll go back to many times over.

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solid. Didn't like it as well as the other one, but good!

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hmmm

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Having played this in both 12 and 15-track configurations (handy being able to do that with CD, eh), I'm not 100% sure now which of the two I preferred, but I suspect Ray Davies was probably right in the long run... And part of me feels it should've been a lot more successful than it was, but at the same I'm not surprised somehow that it wasn't. It doesn't sound like "1968" somehow. I've often felt that if all 1960s music was lost except for the Kinks' records you'd never guess psychedelia happened. This is exhibit A.

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Good classic Psych-ish rock by the Kinks. Not my favorite of their material but objectively it's good.

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4.5

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Want to say 3.5, but that's not an option and in this case I have to round up as it quite enjoyable album.

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Hazy 60s rock, I enjoyed this album - it's stood the test of time.

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The Village Green Preservation Society are songs of the common people, soft, humble and gentle, combining admirably with elegance. (7/10) FT: Picture Book

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I'm excited for this one. Already a fan of the kinks. Their sound is so warm and nostalgic and happy. I love their sound, I love the guitar and the melodies.

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Is there an album more English? Quirky, very 60s. Much underappeciated and possibly the greatest Kinks album despite not having any hits. God bless Ray.

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The most proudly English of all the British Invasion groups delivers a treatise on not only the UK’s vanishing rural way of life, but nostalgia and how it can both enhance and spoil one’s perspective. Ray Davies really comes into his own as a songwriter here.

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first listen a lovely escapade

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I typed a bunch here but it didnt save.. Enjoyed for the most part, but unfortunately the production value is a turn off for me with the poor recording quality and the audio panning. Will listen again though

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Not bad

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Really enjoyed this, similar to the Beatles. Standouts are "Picture book" and "People Take Pictures of Each Other"

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Takes me back to a time I wasn’t even born yet. Has that nostalgic feeling. All in all a solid album with some real bangers. Some of the songs are a little forgettable but still totally danceable. I think if I would really immerse myself into the album (and go over the lyrics some more) I would uncover more songs that could become some favorite sing-alongs. Something for the future to consider. Favorite song(s): “Do You Remember Walter?” & “Village Green” Recommended?: 👍

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You don't have to be British to like this album but it certainly helps. Best Tracks: The Village Green Preservation Society; Picture Book; Starstruck

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Davies’ smarm and British charm - three quarters of this album is brilliant - musically, pop wise and lyrically - and thematically is wonderfully consistent - yet the last few songs start slowing down the freshness and pace of the album and it falls short of being a perfect classic. Great band very good album.

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The Kinks are probably going to be forever associated with their hard rocking singles- “You Really Got Me” and “All Day and All of the Night”- but that’s not really reflective of their sound. A good chunk of their material is more folksy, like this album, which I like a lot. Terrific harmonies and hooks throughout. It’s a real highlight from the British Invasion. B+

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Love the harmonies straight off. Feels like it was inspired by Sgt. Pepper.

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really nice 60s rock album, wanted to get into the kinks for a while now so that's a great introduction to their music i think. also starstruck is great because of last night in soho

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Village Green simplesmente uma das minhas músicas preferidas da VIDA

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Always love the kinks. Maar ze hebben wel betere albums. Ik hou wel van hun catchy nummerkes.

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Cool. Good. Would choose again for this era and vibe.

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Decent Kinks album, but not as good as Come Dancing

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not their strongest showing for me

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okayish old rock album

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I liked this. It sounds very similar to the Beatles. Nothing quite as catchy as Beatles songs on this album.

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Easy listening with Beatles vibes. Neither mind blowing nor rubbish.

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