On October 26, the Kinks will commemorate the 50th anniversary of their crucial album, The Village Green Preservation Society, with an elaborate and expansively detailed reissue package.
Available digitally, on single-CD, double-CD, vinyl and deluxe box set editions, this is the real deal for fans seeking a treasure trove of bonus material.
The landmark 1968 record from Ray Davies, Dave Davies and the esteemed English band was a significantly important record, and the reissue will include an eye-popping 174 tracks, from demos and unreleased tracks to remastered and fully restored versions of the original album.
From the press release:
This essential album by one of the world’s best ever bands is defined by the extraordinary catalogue of Ray Davies’ songs, driven by brother Dave Davies’ power pop guitar and became the foundation of generations of British guitar pop. ‘The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society’ cemented Ray Davies reputation as one of Britain’s greatest ever songwriters of his and any generation.
These releases are part of the BMG Art Of The Album series, comprising specially packaged re-issues of seminal albums with the highest quality audio masters, artwork and packaging. Extensive sleeve notes, interviews and photography help to focus on ‘telling the story’ of the album’s production, release and cultural impact.
“I think The Village Green Preservation Society is about the ending of a time personally for me in my life,” says Ray. “In my imaginary village. It’s the end of our innocence, our youth. Some people are quite old but in the Village Green, you’re never allowed to grow up. I feel the project itself as part of a life cycle.”
Speaking of unreleased tracks, here’s “Time Song” — a song that was only heard by the public previously one time when the Kinks performed it in 1973:
‘When we played a concert at Drury Lane in ’73 to “celebrate” us about to join what was called The Common Market, I decided to use the song as a warning that time was running out for the old British Empire.’ Says Ray. ‘This song was recorded a few weeks later but never made the final cut on the Preservation Act I album. Oddly enough, the song seems quite poignant and appropriate to release at this time in British history, and like Europe itself the track is a rough mix which still has to be finessed.’
Visit the Kinks’ official website for full details regarding each edition of The Village Green Preservation Society and to pre-order whichever you’d prefer.