Or go to Amazon and do a search for "kinks, hybrid, sacd" and you'll find a bunch up there for sale. Either way, you'll be getting some great mid-period Kinks music sounding better than ever. Mark is currently rolling out a new musical he's written. For more information about AudiophileReview. Ray remixed the RCA Preservation albums with new drum and bass tracks back at the time of the Rhino reissues, but Rhino decided to go with the original mixes instead.
Maybe we're now going to get the mixes? Matthew B. However, Universal does have plans to reissue these albums again over the next two years with extra tracks, etc.
Does anyone know if these are HDCD encoded? Gary , Aug 23, Location: NY. Location: sheepshead bay brooklyn n. You must log in or sign up to reply here. Show Ignored Content. Share This Page. June 25, Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. The music was too often over the top and indulgent and much of it has not held up any better over time.
As a result, I may appear to see them more harshly than what others have written but I still treasure some of the gems from this era that hold up with the Kinks very best songs. To understand the RCA era, I think it is critical to look at the history of the Kinks that would lead up to it. For me, four words come to mind - unfulfilled expectations and creative indulgence. Some context helps as the Kinks were their record label's entry in the heyday of the Beatles led 60's British Invasion.
Every label had to have a Fab-Four-like horse in the race. The Kinks recorded for Pye Records internationally for the most part and in the U. After a couple of non-starter singles, they unleashed "You Really Got Me" on the World and it was their breakthrough single, virtually creating the type of riff that would lead to Hard Rock, not unlike Black Sabbath's huge influence on Heavy Metal. This was followed by the powerhouse "All Day and All of the Night" and the more melodic "Tired of Waiting" to make 3 big hits in a row.
However after a few more early successes, head songwriter Ray Davies grew weary of the riff based formula and began to experiment. Following this was a succession of great songs and a couple of more solid hit singles "Dedicated Follower of Fashion", "Sunny Afternoon". The Kinks music was shifting to be more lyrically thoughtful and the results were critically positive. God save the Kinks: However, when they were banned from performing in the U. Sadly, some of the best Kinks music ever was being released during this period but it was virtually unnoticed at the time in North America save for a handful of critics.
Though it contained what many regard as the greatest British single of all time in "Waterloo Sunset" it was a commercial flop, even in the U. Things were so dire commercially in the U. Something better beginning: Ultimately, the ban was lifted in time for them to return to the U. This helped to reconnect them with their North American fan base but even better things were just around the corner.
The new decade would see the tide turn dramatically and almost miraculously in June of with the big hit single "Lola", their first in a long time across the pond. Suddenly the band was riding their second wave of success!
They must have looked pretty great to the RCA label that signed them to a 5-album contract with a million dollar advance helping them to fund their own studio, Konk. Based on the hit "Lola" and its excellent supporting album, RCA must have expected something quite different than what they ultimately got. As a teenage Kinks fan at the time, I could say the same. The result? Flash character. But to create 6 conceptual albums in a row?
This was new territory in the world of popular Rock at this time. Concept 1: The Kinks are Muswell Hillbilly boys! They helped to create the appropriate musical atmosphere for the lyrics on cuts such as "Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues" and "Alcohol". Another change was Dave's increasing use of slide guitar giving the music a more rootsy feel.
In fact, there is not a bad track to be found. Closing the album with the title track, they vastly improved on the parody twang of Percy's "Willesden Green". And lyrically, the songs are as incisive as anything Ray had written or would write in the future. Fortunately, they were not dragged down by being tied to advancing a storyline as some of the next RCA albums would be. He sounded very conflicted and not terribly happy in the present day, longer for simpler times.
I was initially surprised by titles like "Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues", "Here Come the People in Grey" and "Complicated Life" but events would show that they actually foreshadow some of the internal struggles that would later come to the fore in real life for their author. As such, the album stands as one of the most revealing sets of songs written during the 70's Rock era. Even though "20th Century Man" is the standout track and a bona fide Kinks classic, the album is best listened to in its entirety which I feel is one of the standards of success for any great concept album.
Concept 2: Oh the drudgery, here comes yet another LP 'Everybody's in Showbiz' - grade B : The following release was almost equally harrowing but in a very different way. At the time it did not feel intentional and I suspect other factors contributed to this formulation of studio and live discs. Sonoma, Pyramix, Sadie and Sonic Studio. I've always favored hi-res PCM mastering in my work, the Weiss linear phase gear has outperformed any analog chain that I've worked with.
The first set of booklets continues to credit Bob Ludwig with the remastering, when in fact, both the SACD and RedBook layers on the new discs were mastered by Silverman. I've only had a chance to listen to Muswell Hillbillies and Preservation Act 1 so far, and based on that, and a comparison with the VelVel originals, I can tell you that everything Silverman claims for these SACD reissues is true! The differences are not subtle.
Release Date October 17, Recording Date July, - September, Track Listing - Disc 1. Ray Davies. The Kinks. Catch Me Now I'm Falling. National Health. Low Budget. In a Space. Little Bit of Emotion. A Gallon of Gas. Moving Pictures. Track Listing - Disc 2. Around the Dial. Give the People What They Want. Killer's Eyes. Add It Up. Back to Front. Art Lover. A Little Bit of Abuse.
Better Things. Track Listing - Disc 3. State of Confusion. Definite Maybe. Labour of Love. Come Dancing. Don't Forget to Dance.View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the SACD release of The Kinks - Arista Years on Discogs/5(6).