The Kinks' The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society. Available here on Deluxe Edition Five-LP Box Set, Standard LP, Double CD and Standard CD.
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society is now seen as one of the best British albums ever recorded. Created in difficult circumstances by a band who refused to follow fashion, it is an album of timeless, perfectly crafted songs about growing up and growing old, and the decline of national culture and traditional ways. Enduring and unsurpassed, with its wit, sadness, quiet anger, regret and charm, it is generally considered the high point of The Kinks’ outstanding career and Ray Davies’ masterpiece. A calm, nostalgic album which feels like a sweet, hazy dream but with endless layers of musical and lyrical innovation, The Village Green Preservation Society’s defiantly British sensibilities became the foundation of generations of British guitar pop. God Save The Village Green!
LPx5+ - Deluxe Edition Box Set. Gatefold 2LP - Original album 2018 stereo and mono remasters, 180g heavyweight vinyl, carefully restored original artwork. LP -Original Swedish 12 track LP, 2018 stereo remaster, 180g heavyweight vinyl, carefully restored original artwork. 5CD - 5 x CDs in bespoke accessories holder: CD1 - Original album, 2018 stereo remaster and bonus tracks; CD2 - The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society, 2018 mono remaster bonus tracks; CD3 - Village Green sessions, containing demos and alternative versions / mixes from the original mid-sixties recordings sessions; CD4 - Village Green At The BBC, track audio and band interviews; CD5 - Preservation, Live and Demos, including previously unreleased home demos, Ray Davies live in Denmark 2010 and unreleased track Time Song. 7” singles (Reproduced original picture sleeves): Days / She’s Got Everything (Italian picture sleeve, 1968), Starstruck / Picture Book (Continental Europe, 1968); The Village Green Preservation Society / Do You Remember Walter? (U.S., 1969). Book: Beautifully produced, linen covered, 12” x 12”,52-page hardback book containing: Extensive sleeve notes by acclaimed writer Andy Neill, with new Ray Davies interviews and new quotes from Dave Davies and Mick Avory; essays by Pete Townshend, Robert Ryan and Kate Mossman; rare and unseen Kinks Village Green related photos and imagery. Reproduced original memorabilia: Poster of Village Green LP inner gatefold; Empire Liverpool April 1968 tour poster; 5 glossy 10” x 8” photos from Hampstead Heath 1968 photoshoot; colour press photo with reproduced band signatures; Bournemouth April 1968 gig ticket; 2-sided PYE Records promo card; ‘Days’ 4 page sheet music.
LP - 2018 Stereo Remaster of original album, from original tape high deﬁnition transfers. 180 gram heavyweight vinyl. Original gatefold artwork replicated. Insert with notes and band photos.
CDx2 - Original album 2018 stereo and mono remasters plus bonus tracks of singles, B sides, alternate versions, mixes and other original album related tracks. Contains previously unreleased track versions and unreleased new single ‘Time Song. Media book packaging with linen finish, 20 page booklet with extensive notes, band quotes and rare Village Green era imagery. 49 tracks total.
CD - 2018 Stereo Remaster of original album, from original tape high deﬁnition transfers. Booklet with notes, band quotes and Village Green era photos Insert with notes, band quotes and Village Green era photos. Digipack.