In 1968, the Kinks released The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society, a conceptual record that would play a large part in defining their creative output as the years progressed.
Writer Ken Sharp sums up the album as follows in our recent feature chat with guitarist Dave Davies:
“A quaint and reflective nostalgic song cycle of distinctive British-ness, which went against the prevailing tides of rebellion, anarchy and hazy psychedelia of the era, instead embracing old school values and tradition.”
Today, the album celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018 with a deluxe, expanded reissue just bursting with bonus material and recordings that have seldom (if ever) seen the light of day previously. Such as “Time Song”:
Stream the massive set below, via Spotify or Apple Music:
Said Dave Davies of the album in speaking with Rock Cellar:
“It was a good time for the band. We’d go to the pub after sessions and play bar billiards and have a pint. There was a lot of camaraderie and there was a lot of family influence around it. Me and Ray were getting on well and our kids were growing up together. The session went down fairly quickly because we were into it.
Time goes by slowly when life’s not good. But when you’re on the money and you’re happy and you’re enjoying what you’re doing, time flashes by.
With Ray producing the album, a major thing is the band was very supportive of him. I’ve always been very supportive of Ray’s writing, and his work, but it seemed more galvanized on this record. The subject matter was very family oriented, love, and all these really good emotions as well as a lot of pathos and sadness in the music too but that’s alright. That’s what happens to people.”