The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society Goes Gold!
50th Anniversary Multi-Format Releases: Super Deluxe Box Set, 1CD, 2CD Deluxe, LP, Digital, MFiT & HD available now
Fresh from winning ‘The Classic Album’ at The Q Awards, The Kinks celebrate the 50th Anniversary of ‘The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society’ in style with the album going gold this week! The album also graced the UK’s top 50 this week!
Seen as one of the greatest albums of all time The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society, is the band’s masterpiece cementing Ray Davies reputation as one of Britain’s greatest ever songwriters of his and any generation. Defined by the extraordinary catalogue of Ray Davies’ songs, driven by brother Dave Davies’ power pop guitar it became the foundation of generations of British guitar pop.
Somewhat overlooked upon its release in November 1968 ‘The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society’ is now regarded as one of the best British albums ever recorded. Created in difficult circumstances by a band on the verge of disintegration and who refused to follow fashion, it is an album of timeless, perfectly crafted songs about growing up and growing old, and the decline of national culture and traditional ways.
Included in this anniversary edition are many previously unreleased tracks and versions, including the previously unreleased track ‘Time Song’. Ray mixed the track earlier this year and it is included on the new VGPS Deluxe Box Set and Deluxe 2CD. The deluxe box set includes extensive sleeve notes, interviews, photography and specially created online & press content “telling the story” of the album’s production, release and cultural impact. Also included are two essays on the album written by Pete Townshend and renowned journalist Kate Mossman.
An an exhibition at London’s Proud Central Gallery titled ‘The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society’ which will run until November 18th displaying a selection of rare collector’s items including specially commissioned artworks by members of the band and vintage memorabilia, together with a collection of photographs documenting this remarkable period in the band’s history. Each work is hand-signed by surviving band members Ray Davies, Dave Davies and Mick Avory – visit www.proud.co.uk for more info.