Friday, February 24, 2012

231 The Kink Kronicles. A kick in the Kronickles.

Album: The Kink Kronicles
Artist: The Kinks
Year: 1972
Genre: Rock


  1. Victoria
  2. The Village Green Preservation Society
  3. Berkeley Mews
  4. Holiday In Waikiki
  5. Willesden Green
  6. This Is Where I Belong
  7. Waterloo Sunset
  8. David Watts
  9. Dead End Street
  10. Shangri-La
  11. Autumn Almanac
  12. Sunny Afternoon
  13. Get Back In Line
  14. Did You See His Name?
  15. Fancy
  16. Wonderboy
  17. Apeman
  18. King Kong
  19. Mr. Pleasant
  20. God's Children
  21. Death of a Clown
  22. Lola
  23. Mindless Child Of Motherhood
  24. Polly
  25. Big Black Smoke
  26. Susannah's Still Alive
  27. She's Got Everything
  28. Days

This is kind of annoying. The Kinks Kronicles is a best of album. It's a collection of songs by The Kinks, most of which can be found in the various Kinks albums which you will find scattered throughout this release. For some reason The Davies brothers get to double dip into this countdown. The Beatles released two greatest hits albums (The Red and The Blue albums) which were overlooked, the Rolling Stones had their compilations ignored but The Kinks, Madonna, Simon and Garfunkle, David Bowie and others get best-ofs on the countdown which replicate albums they have here as well. It's a bit silly.

The simple solution would be for Rolling Stone writers to say only studio albums are allowed on their list but that causes problems for John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry Patsy Cline and others who were singles artists  and musical giants before albums were big. John Lee Hooker deserves to be here somewhere but he never released a defining collection of original studio material. His big albums are compilations and they deserve to be held up among the greatest albums of all time.

There's no easy answer but it does leave us with some curious anomolies. Surely The Beatles Blue Album deserves to be on this list somewhere? How could you not include a compilation that has Strawberry Fields, Hey Jude, Let it Be, Penny Lane, Something, A day in the Life and While my Guitar Gently Weeps?

The one thing this list needs is more diversity. There are great artists completely overlooked (The Stone Roses spring to mind) and having places clogged up with compilations whose tracks are represented elsewhere robs the list of credit it otherwise deserves.

The Kinks Kronicles is a great album by the way, and why wouldn't it be? It's a greatest hits release that includes some album tracks and some B-sides but it's clogging up space that could otherwise be occupied by another artist.

Influenced by: The Beatles
Influenced: Mods

Highlight: Lola
Lowlight: Did you see his name?

Favourite Amazon Customer Review Quote: "Probably no other rock artist has been so ill-served by badly concieved compiliations than the Kinks. (Except Elvis, but he is really directing his record company from a hideout in New Zealand's South Island)."

-You heard it here first folks (well second if you've already read this review on Amazon)

So is this album konsistantly klassic or antiklimactic? Let me know below.

1 comment:

  1. Agreed David. I love the Kinks, but it could have made room for gems from the likes of Sherbet, Pilot, Racey, Bay City Roller nad Slade. This countdown loses cred the higher it goes.!!!!