The Great Lost Kinks Album
|The Great Lost Kinks Album|
|Compilation album by The Kinks|
|Released||25 January 1973|
|Recorded||1966 - 1970|
|The Kinks chronology|
The Great Lost Kinks Album is a 1973 LP of unreleased material issued by Reprise Records after The Kinks had moved to RCA. The tracks were recorded between 1966 and 1970 and master tapes were shipped to the US Reprise Label in the early 1970s to fulfill contractual obligations with that label. Kinks leader and songwriter, Ray Davies, intended most of the songs to remain unreleased "collateral" tracks for Reprise. Several other songs from these "collateral" recordings had been released on the 1972 Reprise compilation The Kink Kronikles.
Davies and the Kinks management first learned of the album's existence from the US Billboard record chart. Davies instituted legal action against Reprise, which resulted in Reprise discontinuing the album in 1975. It became an immediate collector's item and most of the songs remained officially unreleased until the 1998 reissue of Kinks albums with bonus tracks. Most of the tracks have finally received legitimate release on the 3-CD deluxe edition of Village Green and as bonus tracks on other UK Sanctuary CDs.
The name is a reference to an album that was set to be released by Reprise in 1969 but was held back, eventually morphing into The Village Green Preservation Society. So many rumours circulated about the unissued record that "great lost Kinks album" became a catch phrase.
The songs include a number of unused album tracks, a British single ("Plastic Man"), a B-side ("I'm Not Like Everybody Else"), a film theme ("Till Death Do Us Part"), songs written exclusively for British television ("Where Did the Spring Go?", "When I Turn Out the Living Room Light"). The Great Lost Kinks Album also included several Dave Davies recordings intended for his ill-fated solo album ("Groovy Movies", "There Is No Life Without Love", "This Man He Weeps Tonight"). The liner notes for the album were written by John Mendelsohn.
All songs written and composed by Ray Davies, except where noted.
|1.||"Til Death Do Us Part[Release 1]" (mono)||3:12|
|2.||"There Is No Life Without Love[Release 2]" (mono)||Dave Davies/Ray Davies||1:55|
|3.||"Lavender Hill[Release 3]" (mono)||2:53|
|4.||"Groovy Movies[Release 3]" (stereo)||2:30|
|5.||"Rosemary Rose[Release 3]" (mono)||1:43|
|6.||"Misty Water[Release 3]" (stereo)||3:01|
|7.||"Mister Songbird[Release 3]" (stereo)||2:24|
|1.||"When I Turn off the Living Room Light[Release 4]" (mono)||2:17|
|2.||"The Way Love Used to Be[Release 5]" (stereo)||2:11|
|3.||"I'm Not Like Everybody Else[Release 2]" (mono)||3:29|
|4.||"Plastic Man[Release 6]" (mono)||3:00|
|5.||"This Man He Weeps Tonight[Release 6]" (stereo)||Dave Davies||2:38|
|6.||"Pictures in the Sand[Release 1]" (mono)||2:45|
|7.||"Where Did the Spring Go?[Release 3]" (mono)||2:10|
All but two songs have been made officially available on CD.
- The Kink Kronikles
- Four More Respected Gentlemen
- A Hole in the Sock of (Dave Davies)
- The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society
- The Official Ray Davies Web Site
- The Official Ray Davies Forum - "The Old Grey Board"
- The Official Ray Davies Forum on YouTube
- Something Else By The Kinks – Essential – ESM CD 480 at Discogs
- The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society – Sanctuary Midline – SMETD 102 at Discogs
- BBC Sessions 1964 - 1977 – Sanctuary Records – 06076 84504-2 at Discogs
- Percy – Sanctuary Midline – SMRCD064 at Discogs
- Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire – Essential – ESM CD 511 at Discogs