Kinks Box Set + Preorder Contest!

 

 

Six, count ‘em, six
CDs worth, all housed in a big-ass box that will sit on your shelf with all
those other boxes….

 

By Fred Mills

 

 

 

Due December 8 in the UK from the Sanctuary label is a
massive six-CD box set from the mighty Kinks. Titled Picture Book, it spotlights the group’s earliest material for Pye
(“You Really Got Me,” duh) then moves chronologically through the Reprise, RCA
and Arista years, eventually concluding with 1996’s To The Bone (which was initially self-released but later saw a more
widespread release on Capitol).

 

Scattered throughout, of course, are the expected rarities,
live cuts and demos, plus a hefty 60-page book. Kinks mainman Ray Davies
assembled the whole deal, naturally, and it marks a bit of a coup for Davies in
one sense: the band’s back catalog, though reissued many times over, remains in
semi-disarray due to assorted licensing hiccups, so to have, say, Pye tracks
rubbing shoulders with RCA material is pretty significant. See full track
listing, below.

 

There’s no word yet on an official American release for the
box, however. Interestingly, Amazon.com is showing a Dec. 16 date, but that’s
for a title listed with import status. Sanctuary has distribution through
Universal, so it’s likely we’ll see the box on these shores eventually.

 

However, you’ll be able to order the box directly through
Ray Davies’ official website, so never fear! And if you do so, you just might
be able to nab some special, as yet unspecified, context goodies.

 

 

According to a posting at the site:

 

 

This site will be taking pre-orders on
the box set soon as well as running a special contest which will be exclusive
to the websites and not on Amazon.

 

This is the first ever Kinks box set
in the bands 40 year plus history. It has been compiled with the supervision of
Ray Davies and contains 138 tracks spread across 6 CD’s. There are many
unreleased tracks, alternative takes and demos for the hardcore fans as well as
all of the Kinks classics. It includes material never released outside of the UK and
up to the bands break-up in the mid nineties.

 

The six cds are housed in a heavy lift
lid classic style box with a 60 page booklet featuring a intro by Ray Davies as
well as interviews with Ray, Dave and Mick and a full retelling of the Kinks
story penned by esteemed rock critic Peter Doggett. It also contacts a full
official time line and discography.

 

We also plan to have new merchandise
for the box set including mugs and shirts so check back soon.

 

 

 

 

Disc 1:

01 Brian Matthew Introduces the Kinks
02 You Really Got Me
03 I’m a Hog for You Baby
04 I Believed You
05 Long Tall Sally
06 I Don’t Need You Anymore
07 Stop Your Sobbing
08 I Gotta Move
09 Don’t Ever Let Me Go
10 All Day and All of the Night
11 Tired of Waiting for You
12 Come on Now (outtake with two false starts)
13 There Is a New World Opening for Me (Kassner publishing demo)
14 Everybody’s Gonna Be Happy
15 Who’ll Be the Next in Line
16 Time Will Tell
17 Set Me Free
18 I Need You
19 See My Friend
20 Wait Till the Summer Comes Along
21 I Go to Sleep
22 A Little Bit of Sunlight (Kassner publishing demo)
23 This I Know (demo)
24 A Well Respected Man
25 This Strange Effect (With Brian Matthew speaking over intro)
26 Milk Cow Blues
27 Ring the Bells
28 I’m on an Island
29 Till the End of the Day
30 Where Have All the Good Times Gone
31 All Night Stand (Demo)
32 And I Will Love You
33 Sittin’ on My Sofa

Disc 2:

01 Dedicated Follower of Fashion (alternate stereo take)
02 She’s Got Everything
03 Mr. Reporter (Ray vocal)
04 Sunny Afternoon
05 I’m Not Like Everybody Else
06 This Is Where I Belong
07 Rosie Won’t You Please Come Home
08 Too Much on My Mind
09 Session Man
10 End of the Season
11 Dead End Street (first version)
12 Village Green
13 Two Sisters
14 David Watts
15 Mr. Pleasant
16 Waterloo Sunset (mono mix)
17 Death of a Clown
18 Lavender Hill
19 Good Luck Charm
20 Autumn Almanac
21 Susannah’s Still Alive
22 Animal Farm
23 Rosemary Rose
24 Berkeley Mews
25 Lincoln County
26 Picture Book
27 Days
28 Misty Water

Disc 3:

01 Love Me Till the Sun Shines (Top Gear session with Brian Matthew intro and
outro)
02 The Village Green Preservation Society
03 Big Sky
04 King Kong
05 Drivin’
06 Some Mother’s Son
07 Victoria
08 Shangri-La
09 Arthur
10 Got to Be Free
11 Lola (mono single version)
12 Get Back in the Line
13 The Moneygoround
14 Strangers
15 Apeman
16 God’s Children
17 The Way Love Used to Be
18 Moments
19 Muswell Hillbilly
20 Oklahoma USA
21 Twentieth Century Man
22 Here Come the People in Grey

Disc 4:

01 Skin and Bone
02 Alcohol Live
03 Celluloid Heroes
04 Sitting in My Hotel
05 Supersonic Rocket Ship
06 You Don’t Know My Name
07 One of the Survivors
08 Sitting in the Midday Sun
09 Sweet Lady Genevieve
10 Daylight
11 Mirror of Love
12 Artificial Man
13 Preservation (U.S. single)
14 Slum Kids (live)
15 Holiday Romance
16 Face in the Crowd
17 No More Looking Back
18 Sleepwalker
19 The Poseur

Disc 5:

01 Sleepless Night
02 Father Christmas
03 Misfits
04 A Rock ‘N Roll Fantasy
05 Little Bit of Emotion
06 Attitude
07 Hidden Quality
08 A Gallon of Gas
09 Catch Me Now I’m Falling
10 Nuclear Love (demo)
11 Duke (demo)
12 Maybe I Love You (demo)
13 Stolen Away Your Heart (demo)
14 Low Budget (live)
15 Better Things
16 Destroyer
17 Yo-Yo
18 Art Lover
19 Long Distance

Disc 6:

01 Heart of Gold
02 Come Dancing (demo remix)
03 State of Confusion
04 Do It Again
05 Living on a Thin Line
06 Summer’s Gone
07 How Are You?
08 The Road (live)
09 The Million-Pound-Semi-Detached
10 Down All the Days (To 1992)
11 The Informer
12 Phobia
13 Only a Dream
14 Drift Away
15 Scattered
16 Do You Remember Walter? (live)
17 To the Bone (demo)

 

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