Originally Posted by Hogan11
The Kinks Picture Book
I've always been kinda neither here or there when it came to The Kinks and this 6 CD box set gives me all that I really need before Davies really starts to get on my nerves (Well, truth to be told, I may go on to get the Village Green).
I love the Kinks. In my opinion, they were superior to the Beatles and their other British Invasion contemporaries. A lot of the Beatles stuff, such as Sgt. Peppers, sounds a bit dated with the psychedelia and goofy lyrics. Davies was a master melody maker and the working class lyrics were superb. They never got their just due in the US partly because the lyrics were very much grounded in a British working class aesthetic. But these albums are essential and at least as good as anything the Beatles put out: We Are The Village Green Preservation Society, Face to Face, Something Else By The Kinks, Muswell Hillbillies, and the sublime singles collection The Kink Kronikles.