The Kinks: The Kinks - The Mono Collection (10-LP Box, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.)
(2016/Sanctuary-Sony) 128 Tracks - Sony are to issue 'The Mono Collection', a 10-LP Kinks vinyl box set that packages the band’s first eight albums in mono and comes complete with a ‘bonus’ double LP. The set includes the 'Live At Kelvin Hall (aka Live Kinks)' album and comes with a bonus double LP compilation The Kinks (aka The Black Album) which adds up to ten vinyl records. In addition The Mono Collection includes a hardcover 48-page book with rare and unseen photos and new interviews with Ray Davies, Dave Davies and Mick Avory. A similar 10-CD The Kinks in Mono was issued back in 2011, although that omitted Live at Kelvin Hall and The Kinks compilation, but added three CDs of EPs and collectables. This set is now commanding very high prices on the used market.This vinyl Mono Collection box set may be similarly desirable in years to come!
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Founded in 1964 in London The Kinks are one of the most consistent and important groups on the English rock and pop scene, although they have been absent from the single hit lists for some time. Under the leading influence of bandleader and author Ray Davies, the Kinks already developed their own aggressive style in the early years of the beat age, which was reflected in the early hits of the group ("You Really Got Me', "Louie Louie', "All Day And All Of The Night', "Tired Of Waiting For You' and others). Finally, the quintet (along with Ray Davies, his brother Dave[voc + g], John Dalton[b], Mick Avory[dr] and John Gosling[keyboards]) developed into a musically mature group that was often compared to the social-satirical work "Arthur" with the Who and their pop opera "Tommy".
Ray Davies now turned more and more sarcastically to show business, which he sharply criticized in his following songs. After the success of the Kinks LPs "Muswell Hillbillies' and "Everybody's in Showbiz ~ Everbody's A Star' Ray Davies wrote the musical "Perservation', after which the currently last LP was recorded by the Kinks, "Soap Opera'.