Universal continue to trawl back through the archives to bring us yet another box set of recordings and material from iconic British bands. Following the release of the deluxe edition Kinks back catalogue a while back, we now have the lavish 5-disc At The BBC tome (released on 13th August) as, hopefully, the final word on the revered band. An institution, The Kinks are as quintessentially English as Earl Grey tea; their songs a soundtrack for Royal Britannia, the Village Green and Victoriana. Their sound was adopted and copied wide and far as part of the Beat Group era; the proto-punk snarl guitar riff of You Really Got Me alone, responsible for starting a million garage bands from Wapping to the Sunset Strip. The sibling song-writing power-house of Ray and Dave Davis conjured up a whole new way of documenting the life and times of a colourful cast from their home town of London; from the dewy-eyed paean, Waterloo Sunset, to the Soho transvestite clench of Lola.
Known perhaps more fondly for their poetic halcyon tributes to the cricket ground-warm beer drinking-home-made jam landscape of a far simpler time, the band could also take a well-aimed shot across the bows of the establishment, and provoke authority. Here than is, possibly, the most thorough and dedicated tribute to their live sessions, recorded for or commissioned by the beeb; collected from across their whole career with contributions from members of the public who were invited to forward forgotten bygone recordings of performances that had fallen by the wayside: missing from the BBC’s own archives.
The 130-tracks are spread over 5-discs with an additional DVD, designed in the style of, that other British institution, the TV guide, Radio Times. Comprehensive and mouth-watering we received a small sampler of what to expect this week at GIITTV; which included a raucous version of the spirited Till The End Of The Day; a staid announcer’s attempt to have a joke about the opening “Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa” line from David Watts; a sing-a-long of Dedicated Follower Of Fashion; and a grainy, dirty recorded missing (and unreleased) version of Days.
Take a breathe, here’s the full track list.
1. Interview: Meet The Kinks – Saturday Club -The Playhouse Theatre, 1964
2. Cadillac – Saturday Club – The Playhouse Theatre, 1964
3. Interview: Ray Talks About ‘You Really Got Me’ – Saturday Club The Playhouse Theatre, 1964
4. You Really Got Me – Saturday Club – The Playhouse Theatre, September 1964
5. Little Queenie – Saturday Club – The Playhouse Theatre, 1964
6. I’m A Lover Not A Fighter – Top Gear – The Playhouse Theatre, 1964
7. Interview: The Shaggy Set – Top Gear – The Playhouse Theatre, 1964
8. You Really Got Me – Top Gear – The Playhouse Theatre, October 1964
9. All Day And All Of The Night – Top Gear – The Playhouse Theatre, 1964
10. I’m A Lover, Not A Fighter – Saturday Club – Piccadilly Studios, 1964
11. Interview: Ray Talks About The USA – Saturday Club – Piccadilly Studios, 1964
12. I’ve Got That Feeling – Saturday Club – Piccadilly Studios, 1964
13. All Day And All Of The Night – Saturday Club – Piccadilly Studios, 1964
14. You Shouldn’t Be Sad – Saturday Club – Maida Vale Studios, 1965
15. Interview: Ray Talks About Records – Saturday Club – Maida Vale Studios, 1965
16. Tired Of Waiting For You – Saturday Club – Maida Vale Studios, 1965
17. Everybody’s Gonna Be Happy – Saturday Club -Maida Vale Studios, 1965
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