The Kinks' The Village Green Preservation Society Paperback
by Andy Miller
Part of the 33 1/3 series
Ignored by virtually everyone upon its release in November 1968, 'The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society' is now seen as one of the best British albums ever recorded. Here, Andy Miller traces the perilous circumstances surrounding its creation, and celebrates the timeless, perfectly crafted songs pieced together by a band who were on the verge of disintegration and who refused to follow fashion.EXCERPT'Big Sky' contains some of the most beautiful, thunderous music The Kinks ever recorded, aligned to a vulnerability and warmth no other group - and I mean no other group - could ever hope to equal. It is a perfectly balanced production. On the one hand, the mesh of clattering drums and electric guitar never threatens to overwhelm the melody; on the other, the gossamer-light harmonies, Ray and Dave's vocal line traced by Rasa Davies' wordless falsetto, are bursting with emotion. When most of the instruments drop away at 1.20, the effect is effortlessly vivid - two lines where Davies' performance is both nonchalant and impassioned. The result is wonderfully, enchantingly sad, made more so perhaps by the knowledge that The Kinks will never again sound so refined or so right.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 128 pages, illus
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 30/10/2003
- Category: Rock & Pop music
- ISBN: 9780826414984
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Review by cappybear
I grew up with The Kinks, so to speak, and can remember all of their hits. In the mid-seventies I bought the obligatory Greatest Hits album and went to see the band a few times in the 1980s. Beyond the hit singles, I knew little about the band, and less about the albums that they made, although it was generally accepted that they were poor fare compared to those by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who.The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society, as Andy Miller explains, only really came into its own when released on compact disc (which was when I discovered it). Miller's admirable, affectionate book narrates the album's troubled genesis, the unenthusiastic packaging and promotion of the album by the Pye record company, and the lukewarm reception by the critics. The author also provides a fascinating insight into the mind of the Kinks' leader and songwriter Ray Davies, the infighting amongst the band members and explains why the record-buying public did not embrace this album on release. The book complements the album perfectly and should, hopefully, encourage the music-lover to investigate the back catalogue of a band that, at last, has the recognition it deserves.
Review by tlockney
Sometimes interesting and occasionally insightful, but honestly just a bit too boring.