The Ultimate Collection (The Kinks album)

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The Ultimate Collection
The Kinks-Ultimate collection.jpg
Greatest hits album by The Kinks
Released 27 May 2002
Recorded 1964–1984
Length 141:23
Label Castle
The Kinks chronology
The Marble Arch Years
(2001)
The Ultimate Collection
(2002)
The Pye Album Collection
(2005)

The Ultimate Collection is a compilation of singles by British rock band The Kinks. It was released on Sanctuary Records in the UK on 27 May 2002, and in the US on 23 September 2003. In August 2002 it reached no. 48 in the UK top 100 album chart, and no. 1 in the UK Indie album chart. It has been certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry.[1]

The first disc contains every charting British single from 1964 to 1983 in chronological order, with the exception of the group's very first single and the 1983 remake of their signature hit, "You Really Got Me." Of the 24 tracks, 14 were top ten hits in the UK. The second disc contains songs that either were released as b-sides or singles that did not chart in the UK and/or charted as singles in the North American and European markets, with the following exceptions: "Stop Your Sobbing" from the band's debut album and covered in 1979 as the debut single by The Pretenders; "Celluloid Heroes," taken from the album Everybody's in Show-Biz and released as a single three months later, failing to chart; and "Living On A Thin Line" from the album Word of Mouth.

The singles "Death of a Clown" and "Susannah's Still Alive" were credited to Dave Davies rather than The Kinks. The band plays on those records, however. Various tracks also appeared on album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Ray Davies except "Death of a Clown," "Susannah's Still Alive," "Love Me Till the Sun Shines," and "Living On A Thin Line" by Dave Davies.

Disc one[edit]

No. Title Original release Length
1. "You Really Got Me" Pye 7N 15636 2:13
2. "All Day and All of the Night" Pye 7N 15714 2:20
3. "Tired of Waiting for You" Pye 7N 15759 2:30
4. "Everybody's Gonna Be Happy" Pye 7N 15813 2:14
5. "Set Me Free" Pye 7N 15854 2:10
6. "See My Friends" Pye 7N 15919 2:44
7. "Till the End of the Day" Pye 7N 15981 2:18
8. "Dedicated Follower of Fashion" Pye 7N 17064 2:59
9. "Sunny Afternoon" Pye 7N 17125 3:31
10. "Dead End Street" Pye 7N 17222 3:20
11. "Waterloo Sunset" Pye 7N 17321 3:14
12. "Death of a Clown" Pye 7N 17356 3:01
13. "Autumn Almanac" Pye 7N 17400 3:10
14. "Susannah's Still Alive" Pye 7N 17429 2:21
15. "Wonderboy" Pye 7N 17468 2:48
16. "Days" Pye 7N 17573 2:52
17. "Plastic Man" Pye 7N 17724 3:00
18. "Victoria" Pye 7N 17865 3:38
19. "Lola" Pye 7N 17961 4:05
20. "Apeman" Pye 7N 45016 3:50
21. "Supersonic Rocket Ship" RCA 2211 3:30
22. "Better Things" ARIST 415 2:59
23. "Come Dancing" ARIST 502 3:59
24. "Don't Forget To Dance" ARIST 524 4:34

Disc two[edit]

No. Title Original release Length
1. "David Watts" Reprise 0647b* 2:29
2. "Stop Your Sobbing" Kinks 2:06
3. "Dandy" Pye 7N 317b** 2:08
4. "Mr. Pleasant" Pye 7N 17400b 3:00
5. "I Gotta Move" Pye 7N 15714b 2:24
6. "Who'll Be the Next in Line" Pye 7N 15813b 2:00
7. "I Need You" Pye 7N 15854b 2:24
8. "Where Have All the Good Times Gone" Pye 7N 15981b 2:48
9. "Sittin' on My Sofa" Pye 7N 17064b 3:03
10. "A Well Respected Man" Reprise 0420* 2:38
11. "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" Pye 7N 17125b 3:29
12. "Love Me Till the Sun Shines" Pye 7N 17356b 3:15
13. "She's Got Everything" Pye 7N 17573b 3:08
14. "Starstruck" Pye 7N 319** 2:25
15. "Shangri-La" Pye 7N 17812 5:18
16. "God's Children" Pye 7N 8001 3:12
17. "Celluloid Heroes" Everybody's in Show-Biz 6:20
18. "(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman" ARIST 240 3:50
19. "Do It Again" ARIST 617 3:58
20. "Living On A Thin Line" Word of Mouth 4:16

All releases United Kingdom except *United States **Sweden/Norway

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