The Great Lost Kinks Album

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The Great Lost Kinks Album
Compilation album by The Kinks
Released 25 January 1973[1]
Recorded 1966–1970
Genre Rock
Length 37:14
Label Reprise
Producer Ray Davies; Shel Talmy on "I'm Not Like Everyone Else"
The Kinks chronology
Everybody's in Show-Biz
(1972)Everybody's in Show-Biz1972
The Great Lost Kinks Album
Preservation Act 1
(1973)Preservation Act 11973
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau A−[3]

The Great Lost Kinks Album is a 1973 LP of mostly 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 fulfil 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 as most of the songs remained officially unreleased until the 1998 reissue of Kinks albums with bonus tracks. All of the tracks received legitimate release as bonus tracks on these UK Sanctuary reissue CDs, the 2001 BBC Sessions 1964–1977, the 2004 3-CD deluxe edition of Village Green, and 2014's The Anthology 1964–1971.

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 Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society. So many rumours circulated about the unissued record that "great lost Kinks album" became a catch phrase.[citation needed]

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 Off 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.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ray Davies, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Til Death Do Us Part" (mono[Release 1])   3:12
2. "There Is No Life Without Love" (mono[Release 2]) Dave Davies, Ray Davies 1:55
3. "Lavender Hill" (mono[Release 3])   2:53
4. "Groovy Movies" (stereo[Release 3])   2:30
5. "Rosemary Rose" (mono[Release 3])   1:43
6. "Misty Water" (stereo[Release 3])   3:01
7. "Mister Songbird" (stereo[Release 3])   2:24
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "When I Turn Off the Living Room Light" (mono[Release 4])   2:17
2. "The Way Love Used to Be" (stereo[Release 5])   2:11
3. "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" (mono[Release 2])   3:29
4. "Plastic Man" (mono[Release 6])   3:00
5. "This Man He Weeps Tonight" (stereo[Release 6]) Dave Davies 2:38
6. "Pictures in the Sand" (mono[Release 1])   2:45
7. "Where Did the Spring Go?" (mono[Release 3])   2:10

All songs have been made officially available on CD.

  1. ^ a b 2014 The Anthology 1964–1971 box set
  2. ^ a b 1998 Essential Something Else reissue CD
  3. ^ a b c d e f 2004 Sanctuary The Village Green Preservation Society 3-CD deluxe edition
  4. ^ 2001 Sanctuary BBC Sessions 1964–1977 CD
  5. ^ 1998 Essential Percy reissue CD
  6. ^ a b 1998 Essential Arthur reissue CD

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "The Great Lost Kinks Album". Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "The Great Lost Kinks Album > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Kinks". Retrieved 11 November 2011.