The Kinks - At the BBC (6 Disc Box Set) (Music CD)

Release Date: 13 August 2012
Artist: Kinks
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The early days of the Kinks saw a band run ragged by the onset of newfound superstardom. The Kinks hit the ground running at an exhausting pace in 1964, with a relentless schedule of touring, recording, and various on-air interviews and performances that would keep them in the charts and jet-lagged until an eventual slowing down into the '70s and '80s. Pared down from a six-volume set that collects every known recording from the BBC archives that the band ever did, The Kinks at the BBC focuses on peak years 1964 through 1977, still cramming in 54 tracks, but leaving the band's less inspired material from the '80s and a wealth of poor-quality bootleg recordings to the absolute completists. The incredible thing about this collection is the time-spanning portrait it paints of not only the Kinks, but the landscape of music and culture they partially represented as the British Invasion gave way to the Summer of Love and then on into even more undefined times. Beginning predictably with raucous live versions of early hits like "All Day and All of the Night" and "You Really Got Me," the set quickly finds the band moving into less beat group waters and Ray Davies' songwriting maturing at an accelerated rate with timeless classics like "Waterloo Sunset" and "Victoria." Top of the Pops performances offer a rougher live take on the band's often polished studio sound. Dave Davies' hard rock-leaning "Mindless Child of Motherhood" sees a rearrangement heavy on acoustic guitar, which unexpectedly works well in the live setting. Conversely, a couple of understandably non-album tracks from the Village Green Preservation Society days like "When I Turn Off the Living Room Lights" drag the quality of the set down, as does a selection of out-and-out bad tunes from a phoned-in 1977 Christmas concert. Much like their greater body of work, The Kinks at the BBC rides a relative hot streak for the majority of the set, with uninspired songwriting shifts taking over in the mid-'70s, but still producing the occasional gem. This collection ultimately serves as a chronology of an incredibly important band as it phases through the good, bad, and ugly of an unprecedented run of magical songs in every era. ~ Fred Thomas
Release Date: 13 August 2012
Artist: Kinks
  • Disk 1
  • 1. Interview: Meet the Kinks (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1964)
  • 2. Cadillac (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1964)
  • 3. Interview: Ray Talks About 'You Really Got Me' (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1964)
  • 4. You Really Got Me (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, September 1964)
  • 5. Little Queenie (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1964)
  • 6. I'm a Lover Not a Fighter (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1964)
  • 7. Interview: The Shaggy Set (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1964)
  • 8. You Really Got Me (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, October 1964)
  • 9. All Day and All of the Night (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1964)
  • 10. I'm a Lover, Not a Fighter (Live at Piccadilly Studios, 1964)
  • 11. Interview: Ray Talks About the USA (Live at Piccadilly Studios, 1964)
  • 12. I've Got That Feeling (Live at Piccadilly Studios, 1964)
  • 13. All Day and All of the Night (Live at Piccadilly Studios, 1964)
  • 14. You Shouldn't Be Sad (Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1965)
  • 15. Interview: Ray Talks About Records (Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1965)
  • 16. Tired of Waiting for You (Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1965)
  • 17. Everybody's Gonna Be Happy (Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1965)
  • 18. This Strange Effect (Live at Aeolian Hall, 1965)
  • 19. Interview: Ray Talks About "See My Friends" (Live at Aeolian Hall, 1965)
  • 20. See My Friends (Live at Aeolian Hall, 1965)
  • 21. Hide and Seek (Live at Aeolian Hall, 1965)
  • 22. Milk Cow Blues (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1965)
  • 23. Interview: Ray Talks About Songwriting (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1965)
  • 24. Never Met a Girl Like You Before (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1965)
  • 25. Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1965)
  • 26. Interview: Meet Pete Quaife (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1965)
  • 27. Till the End of the Day (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1965)
  • 28. A Well Respected Man (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1965)
  • 29. Where Have All the Good Times Gone? (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1965)
  • 30. Love Me Till the Sunshines (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1967)
  • 31. Interview: Meet Dave Davies (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1967)
  • 32. Death of a Clown (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1967)
  • 33. Good Luck Charm (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1967)
  • 34. Sunny Afternoon (Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1967)
  • 35. Autumn Almanac (Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1967)
  • 36. Harry Rag (Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1967)
  • 37. Mr Pleasant (Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1967)
  • Disk 2
  • 1. Susannah's Still Alive (Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1967)
  • 2. David Watts (Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1967)
  • 3. Waterloo Sunset (Live at BBC Piccadilly Studios, 1968)
  • 4. Interview: Ray Talks About Working (Live at BBC Piccadilly Studios, 1968)
  • 5. Days (Live at BBC Piccadilly Studios, 1968)
  • 6. Interview: Ray Talks About Solo Records (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1968)
  • 7. Love Me Till the Sun Shines (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1968)
  • 8. Monica (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1968)
  • 9. Interview: Ray Talks About "Village Green" (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1968)
  • 10. The Village Green Preservation Society (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1968)
  • 11. Animal Farm (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1968)
  • 12. Where Did My Spring Go? (Live at The Riverside Studios, 1969)
  • 13. When I Turn Off the Living Room Lights (Live at The Riverside Studios, 1969)
  • 14. Plastic Man (Alternate Version)
  • 15. King Kong (Alternate Version)
  • 16. Do You Remember Walter (Alternate Version)
  • 17. Interview: Ray Talks About Rumours (Live at Aeolian Hall, 1969)
  • 18. Victoria (Alternate Version)
  • 19. Mr. Churchill Says (Alternate Version)
  • 20. Arthur (Alternate Version)
  • 21. Interview: Ray Talks With Keith Altham (Live at The Aeolian Hall,1970)
  • 22. Lola (Alternate Version)
  • 23. Mindless Child Of Motherhood (Live at The Aeolian Hall,1970)
  • 24. Days (Alternate Version)
  • 25. Apeman (Alternate Version)
  • 26. Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues (Live at Kensington House, 1972)
  • 27. Holiday (Live at Kensington House, 1972)
  • 28. Skin And Bone (Live at Kensington House, 1972)
  • Disk 3
  • 1. Supersonic Rocket Ship (Live at Kensington House, 1972)
  • 2. Here Comes Yet Another Day (Alternate Version)
  • 3. Demolition (Live at Langham Studios, 1974)
  • 4. Mirror of Love (Live at Langham Studios, 1974)
  • 5. Money Talks (Live at Langham Studios, 1974)
  • 6. DJ Alan Black Introduces "In Concert at The Hippodrome Theatre"
  • 7. Victoria (In Concert at The Hippodrome Theatre, 1974)
  • 8. Here Comes Yet Another Day (In Concert at The Hippodrome Theatre, 1974)
  • 9. Mr. Wonderful (In Concert at The Hippodrome Theatre, 1974)
  • 10. Money Talks (In Concert at The Hippodrome Theatre, 1974)
  • 11. Dedicated Follower Of Fashion (In Concert at The Hippodrome Theatre, 1974)
  • 12. Mirror of Love (In Concert at The Hippodrome Theatre, 1974)
  • 13. Celluloid Heroes (In Concert at The Hippodrome Theatre, 1974)
  • 14. You Really Got Me/All Day and All of the Night (In Concert at The Hippodrome Theatre, 1974)
  • 15. DJ Alan Black Talks About "Preservation Act 2"
  • 16. Daylight (In Concert at The Hippodrome Theatre, 1974)
  • 17. Here Comes Flash (In Concert at The Hippodrome Theatre, 1974)
  • 18. Demolition (In Concert at The Hippodrome Theatre, 1974)
  • 19. He's Evil (In Concert at The Hippodrome Theatre, 1974)
  • 20. Lola (In Concert at The Hippodrome Theatre, 1974)
  • 21. Outro (In Concert at The Hippodrome Theatre, 1974)
  • 22. Skin and Bone/Dry Bones (In Concert at The Hippodrome Theatre, 1974)
  • Disk 4
  • 1. Alan Freeman Introduces "The Kinks Christmas Concert"
  • 2. Juke Box Music (The Kinks Christmas Concert, 1977)
  • 3. Bob Harris Introduction (The Kinks Christmas Concert, 1977)
  • 4. Sleepwalker (The Kinks Christmas Concert, 1977)
  • 5. Life On the Road (The Kinks Christmas Concert, 1977)
  • 6. A Well Respected Man (The Kinks Christmas Concert, 1977)
  • 7. Death of a Clown (The Kinks Christmas Concert, 1977)
  • 8. Sunny Afternoon (The Kinks Christmas Concert, 1977)
  • 9. Waterloo Sunset (The Kinks Christmas Concert, 1977)
  • 10. All Day and All of the Night (The Kinks Christmas Concert, 1977)
  • 11. Slum Kids (The Kinks Christmas Concert, 1977)
  • 12. Celluloid Heroes (The Kinks Christmas Concert, 1977)
  • 13. Get Back in the Line (The Kinks Christmas Concert, 1977)
  • 14. The Hard Way (The Kinks Christmas Concert, 1977)
  • 15. Lola (The Kinks Christmas Concert, 1977)
  • 16. Alcohol (The Kinks Christmas Concert, 1977)
  • 17. Skin and Bones/Dry Bones (The Kinks Christmas Concert, 1977)
  • 18. Father Christmas (The Kinks Christmas Concert, 1977)
  • 19. You Really Got Me (The Kinks Christmas Concert, 1977)
  • 20. Interview: Ray Talks To Johnny Walker (Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1994)
  • 21. Phobia (Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1994)
  • 22. Interview: Ray Introduces "Over The Edge" (Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1994)
  • 23. Over the Edge (Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1994)
  • 24. Wall of Fire (Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1994)
  • 25. Till the End of the Day (Live at Maida Vale Studios, January 1994)
  • Disk 5
  • 1. Interview: Ray Gives The Kinks' Names and Ages (Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1994)
  • 2. All Day and All of the Night (Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1994)
  • 3. Interview: Ray Talks About X-Ray (Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1994)
  • 4. Waterloo Sunset (Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1994)
  • 5. Interview: Ray Talks About Waterloo Sunset & Lola (Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1994)
  • 6. I'm Not Like Everybody Else (Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1994)
  • 7. Interview: Ray Talks About Ban in America (Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1994)
  • 8. Till the End of the Day (Live at Maida Vale Studios, October 1994)
  • 9. Interview: Ray Talks About BBC Deal (Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1994)
  • 10. You Really Got Me (Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1994)
  • 11. Louie Louie (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1964)
  • 12. Stop Your Sobbing (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1964)
  • 13. Milk Cow Blues (Live at Aeolian Hall, 1965)
  • 14. Milk Cow Blues (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, December 1965)
  • 15. I Am Free (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1965)
  • 16. Susannah's Still Alive (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1968)
  • 17. Days (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1968)
  • 18. Dedicated Follower of Fashion/A Well Respected Man/Death of a Clown (Recorded at BBC Televison Centr)
  • 19. Sunny Afternoon (Alternate Version)
  • 20. Two Sisters (Alternate Version)
  • 21. Sitting By the Riverside (Alternate Version)
  • 22. Lincoln County (Alternate Version)
  • 23. Picture Book (Alternate Version)
  • 24. Days (Alternate Version)
  • Disk 6
  • 1. You Really Got Me (Live on The Beat Club, 1964 Concert Film)
  • 2. Got Love if You Want It (Live on The Beat Club, 1964 Concert Film)
  • 3. Sunny Afternoon (Concert Film)
  • 4. Lola (Live on Top Of The Pops, 1970 Concert Film)
  • 5. Ape Man (Live on Top Of The Pops, 1971 Concert Film)
  • 6. Have a Cuppa Tea (Live on The Old Grey Whistle Test, 1972 Concert Film)
  • 7. Come Dancing (Live on Top Of The Pops, 1983 Concert Film)
  • 8. Scattered (Live on The Late Show, 1993 Concert Film)
  • 9. Over the Edge (Live on Later With Jools Holland, 1993 Concert Film)
  • 10. Informer (Live on Later With Jools Holland, 1993 Concert Film)
  • 11. Till the End of the Day (Live on Later With Jools Holland, 1993 Concert Film)
  • 12. You Really Got Me (Live on Top Of The Pops, 1994 Concert Film)
  • 13. Till the End of the Day (Live at The Rainbow Theatre, 1972 Concert Film)
  • 14. Waterloo Sunset (Live at The Rainbow Theatre, 1972 Concert Film)
  • 15. Top of the Pops (Live at The Rainbow Theatre, 1972 Concert Film)
  • 16. The Money-Go-Round (Live at The Rainbow Theatre, 1972 Concert Film)
  • 17. Sunny Afternoon (Live at The Rainbow Theatre, 1972 Concert Film)
  • 18. Virgin Soldiers (Live at The Rainbow Theatre, 1972 Concert Film)
  • 19. Mr. Wonderful (Live at The Rainbow Theatre, 1972 Concert Film)
  • 20. She Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina (Live at The Rainbow Theatre, 1972 Concert Film)
  • 21. Alcohol (Live at The Rainbow Theatre, 1972 Concert Film)
  • 22. Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues (Live at The Rainbow Theatre, 1972 Concert Film)
  • 23. You Really Got Me (Live at The Rainbow Theatre, 1972 Concert Film)
  • 24. Victoria (Live In Concert, 1973 Concert Film)
  • 25. Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues (Live In Concert, 1973 Concert Film)
  • 26. Dedicated Follower of Fashion (Live In Concert, 1973 Concert Film)
  • 27. Lola (Live In Concert, 1973 Concert Film)
  • 28. Holiday (Live In Concert, 1973 Concert Film)
  • 29. Good Gollie Miss Mollie (Live In Concert, 1973 Concert Film)
  • 30. You Really Got Me/All Day and All of the Night (Live In Concert, 1973 Concert Film)
  • 31. Waterloo Sunset (Live In Concert, 1973 Concert Film)

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