The Kinks The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (2018 Deluxe)

The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (2018 Deluxe)

The Kinks

Paru le 2 novembre 2018 chez Sanctuary Records

Artiste principal : The Kinks

Genre : Pop/Rock > Rock

Distinctions : 4F de Télérama ( décembre 2018)

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En novembre 1968, les Kinks publient The Village Green Preservation Society, album hors du temps, hors des modes, remastérisé en 2018 en stéréo. Un chef-d’œuvre pop encageant l’Angleterre éternelle. Pour certains, un disque quasi rétrograde, considéré aujourd’hui comme l’un des plus influents de son temps, et qui enfile des perles de pop nacrées. Des pièces d’un autre temps. Le contre-pied formel de la pop de cette fin de décennie où la majorité des groupes à cheveux longs sortent les murs d’amplis et déballent des solos incontinents. Les Kinks eux font tout le contraire. Alors que les Beatles attisent la Revolution et les Stones célèbrent le Street Fighting Man, eux préfèrent baisser la voix et chuchoter des histoires de criquets et de confiture de fraises. A la parution de ce sixième album, Ray Davies n’a que 24 ans (Dave, son frère, trois de moins) et déjà un passé de fabuleux songwriter. Surtout, Village Green n’arrive pas à cet instant T par hasard…  En seulement quatre ans d’existence, le gang des Davies a déjà tout vécu malgré une association plus que compliquée. Tout oppose Dave et Ray ! Le premier, option beau gosse obsédé, dompte ses guitares avec une gouaille exubérante au possible. Au micro, plume en main, Ray est l’aîné renfermé, limite introverti. Originaires de Muswell Hill dans le nord de Londres, ils débutent sur les brisées de leurs aînés Beatles et Stones dont ils copient plus ou moins les manies. Très vite, en un seul titre qui sort en août 1964, ils rectifient d’un uppercut leurs encombrants collègues et inventent le rock garage : You Really Got Me. Produit par l’essentiel Shel Talmy, ce Graal de deux minutes quatorze ultraviolent au son de guitare inédit secoue le Swinging London. C’est pourtant dans le raffinement et la délicatesse qu’au fil des mois, le style de Ray Davies va s’affirmer et emprunter un chemin alors délaissé par les autres et qui atteint son zénith avec Village Green Preservation Society. Le disque assume son obsession pour cette Angleterre éternelle et les clichés qui vont avec. Une Angleterre qui, progressivement, s’éclipse face à l’explosion pop. Certains reprocheront cette approche passéiste, limite réac, et ne goûteront guère à ces belles tranches de vie, ces superbes vignettes coloriées par la plume du songwriter londonien. Avec ses « amitiés perdues, ses pintes de bière, ses motards, ses sorcières maléfiques et ses chats volants » comme il le décrira dans X-Ray, son autobiographie de 1994, Village Green Preservation Society ne dit pas « c’était mieux avant » mais il décrit avec minutie et causticité deux mondes qui se croisent.  Musicalement, les Kinks prennent le contre-pied de leurs contemporains qui ne jurent que par les solos de guitare, les rythmiques surpuissantes et surtout le psychédélisme. Tout l’opposé de ce sixième album à l’âme assez folk et embelli par le clavecin et le mellotron de Nicky Hopkins. Pour véhiculer ses paroles, Ray Davies invente Daisy, Walter, Johnny Thunder, Monica… Des personnages inspirés par de vieilles connaissances, des amis d’enfance ou des membres de sa famille. Des gens simples, issus de la classe ouvrière. L’enfance qui s’éloigne ou disparaît hante ce disque. Et c’est un adulte de seulement 24 ans qui pleure ces années révolues ! « Tout ça, c’est sans doute dans ma tête, déclarera le songwriter dans une interview au magazine Uncut en novembre 2007. Tout le monde a son propre Village vert, un endroit où l’on va quand le monde devient fou ou qu’on a besoin de se retrouver avec soi-même… Le vrai Village vert est un mélange d’endroits au nord de Londres. Des lieux verts près de la maison de mon enfance à Fortis Green, Cherry Tree Woods, Highgate Woods. C’est là qu’on jouait au foot jusqu’à la tombée de la nuit. Il y avait une ambiance mystérieuse. On y entendait aussi des histoires étranges. » Aujourd’hui, l’écoute déconnectée des canons sixties permet d’apprécier sans a priori une œuvre totale, simple et sans artifice, d’une richesse musicale hors du commun. Surtout, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society peut aisément servir de mode d’emploi de la chanson parfaite. Utile, non ? © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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  1. 1 The Village Green Preservation Society (2018 Stereo Remaster)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  2. 2 Do You Remember Walter? (2018 Stereo Remaster)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  3. 3 Picture Book (2018 Stereo Remaster)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  4. 4 Johnny Thunder (2018 Stereo Remaster)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  5. 5 Last of the Steam-Powered Trains (2018 Stereo Remaster)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  6. 6 Big Sky (2018 Stereo Remaster)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  7. 7 Sitting By the Riverside (2018 Stereo Remaster)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  8. 8 Animal Farm (2018 Stereo Remaster)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  9. 9 Village Green (2018 Stereo Remaster)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  10. 10 Starstruck (2018 Stereo Remaster)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  11. 11 Phenomenal Cat (2018 Stereo Remaster)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  12. 12 All of My Friends Were There (2018 Stereo Remaster)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  13. 13 Wicked Annabella (2018 Stereo Remaster)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  14. 14 Monica (2018 Stereo Remaster)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  15. 15 People Take Pictures of Each Other (2018 Stereo Remaster)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  16. 16 Days [2018 Remastered Version] (Stereo Mix)

    R. Davies, Composer, Lyricist - Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  17. 17 She's Got Everything (Stereo Mix; 2018 Remaster)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals - Ray Davies, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  18. 18 Mr. Songbird (Stereo Mix; 2018 Remaster)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  19. 19 Wonderboy [2018 Remastered Version] (Stereo Mix)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  20. 20 Polly [2018 Remastered Version] (Stereo Mix)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals - Ray Davies, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  21. 21 Berkeley Mews [2018 Remastered Version] (Stereo Mix)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals - Ray Davies, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  22. 22 Rosemary Rose [2018 Remastered Version] (Stereo Mix)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  23. 23 Misty Water [2018 Remastered Version] (Stereo Mix)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  24. 24 Did You See His Name? (Stereo Mix; 2018 Remaster)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals - Ray Davies, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  25. 25 Do You Remember Walter? [2018 Remastered Version] (European Stereo Mix Without Tambourine)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  26. 26 Animal Farm [2018 Remastered Version] (Alternate Stereo Mix)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  27. 27 People Take Pictures of Each Other [2018 Remastered Version] (European Stereo Mix With Big Band Coda)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  28. 28 Days [2018 Remastered Version] (Mono Single Mix)

    R. Davies, Composer, Lyricist - Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  29. 29 She's Got Everything [2018 Mono Remaster] (Single Mix)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  30. 30 Mr. Songbird (2018 Mono Remaster)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  31. 31 Wonderboy [2018 Remastered Version] (Mono Single Mix)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals - Ray Davies, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  32. 32 Polly [2018 Mono Remaster] (Single Mix)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  33. 33 Till Death Us Do Part [2018 Remastered Versio] (Mono Mix)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  34. 34 Berkeley Mews [2018 Mono Remaster] (Single Mix)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  35. 35 Village Green [2018 Mono Remaster] (Alternate Vocal)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  36. 36 Lavender Hill [2018 Remastered Version] (Mono Mix)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  37. 37 Rosemary Rose [2018 Remastered Version] (Mono Mix)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  38. 38 Pictures in the Sand [2018 Remastered Version] (Mono Mix)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  39. 39 Misty Water (Mono Mix; 2018 Remaster)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  40. 40 Did You See His Name? (2018 Mono Remaster)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  41. 41 Last of the Steam-Powered Trains [2018 - Remaster] (With Alternate Ending; 2018 Mono Remaster)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  42. 42 The Village Green Preservation Society (Alternate Mix With Session Chat)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Lyricist, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  43. 43 Do You Remember Walter? (Backing Track)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  44. 44 Johnny Thunder (Alternate Mix With Session Chat; 2018 Stereo Remaster)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  45. 45 Phenomenal Cat (Alternate Mix With Session Chat; 2018 Stereo Remaster)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  46. 46 Starstruck (Alternate Mix With Session Chat)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  47. 47 Misty Water (Alternate Stereo Mix)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  48. 48 Easy Come, There You Went (Backing Track / Alternate Mix Stereo; 2018 Remaster)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  49. 49 Animal Farm (Live at the BBC, Saturday Club, 26th November 1968; 2018 Mono Remaster)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 BBC. Licensed courtesy of BBC Studios

  50. 50 Last of the Steam-Powered Trains (Live at Julie Felix Show, 7 January 1969) (Live at Julie Felix Show, Recorded 7 January 1969; Mono)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 BBC. Licensed Courtesy of BBC Studios

  51. 51 Picture Book (Live TV Pre-Mix; Colour Me Pop, Recorded 22 July 1968)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  52. 52 Where Did My Spring Go? (Where Was Spring?, Recorded 1969; 2018 Mono Remaster)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 BBC. Licensed courtesy of BBC Studios

  53. 53 When I Turn Off the Living Room Light (Where Was Spring?, Recorded 1969; 2018 Mono Remaster)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 BBC Music. Licensed Courtesy of BBC Studios

  54. 54 Big Sky (Alternate Mix; Stereo)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  55. 55 Days (Acoustic Version)

    R. Davies, Composer, Lyricist - Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  56. 56 Time Song (Single Stereo Mix 2018 Remaster)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  57. 57 Village Green Overture (Preservation Version - Stereo)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals - The Kinks, Composer, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  58. 58 Days (with The DR Symphony & The DR Vocal Ensemble) (Live)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer - Ray Davies, MainArtist - The DR Symphony & Vocal Ensemble, FeaturedArtist, With Vocals - The DR Symphony, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist - The DR Vocal Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  59. 59 Village Green Suite: Picture Book (with The DR Symphony & The DR Vocal Ensemble) (Live)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer - Ray Davies, MainArtist - The DR Symphony & Vocal Ensemble, FeaturedArtist, With Vocals - The DR Symphony, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist - The DR Vocal Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  60. 60 Village Green Suite: The Village Green Preservation Society (with The DR Symphony & The DR Vocal Ensemble) (Live)

    Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer - Ray Davies, MainArtist - The DR Symphony & Vocal Ensemble, FeaturedArtist, With Vocals - The DR Symphony, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist - The DR Vocal Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist Copyright : 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  • Descriptif de l'album
  • En novembre 1968, les Kinks publient The Village Green Preservation Society, album hors du temps, hors des modes, remastérisé en 2018 en stéréo. Un chef-d’œuvre pop encageant l’Angleterre éternelle. Pour certains, un disque quasi rétrograde, considéré aujourd’hui comme l’un des plus influents de son temps, et qui enfile des perles de pop nacrées. Des pièces d’un autre temps. Le contre-pied formel de la pop de cette fin de décennie où la majorité des groupes à cheveux longs sortent les murs d’amplis et déballent des solos incontinents. Les Kinks eux font tout le contraire. Alors que les Beatles attisent la Revolution et les Stones célèbrent le Street Fighting Man, eux préfèrent baisser la voix et chuchoter des histoires de criquets et de confiture de fraises. A la parution de ce sixième album, Ray Davies n’a que 24 ans (Dave, son frère, trois de moins) et déjà un passé de fabuleux songwriter. Surtout, Village Green n’arrive pas à cet instant T par hasard…  En seulement quatre ans d’existence, le gang des Davies a déjà tout vécu malgré une association plus que compliquée. Tout oppose Dave et Ray ! Le premier, option beau gosse obsédé, dompte ses guitares avec une gouaille exubérante au possible. Au micro, plume en main, Ray est l’aîné renfermé, limite introverti. Originaires de Muswell Hill dans le nord de Londres, ils débutent sur les brisées de leurs aînés Beatles et Stones dont ils copient plus ou moins les manies. Très vite, en un seul titre qui sort en août 1964, ils rectifient d’un uppercut leurs encombrants collègues et inventent le rock garage : You Really Got Me. Produit par l’essentiel Shel Talmy, ce Graal de deux minutes quatorze ultraviolent au son de guitare inédit secoue le Swinging London. C’est pourtant dans le raffinement et la délicatesse qu’au fil des mois, le style de Ray Davies va s’affirmer et emprunter un chemin alors délaissé par les autres et qui atteint son zénith avec Village Green Preservation Society. Le disque assume son obsession pour cette Angleterre éternelle et les clichés qui vont avec. Une Angleterre qui, progressivement, s’éclipse face à l’explosion pop. Certains reprocheront cette approche passéiste, limite réac, et ne goûteront guère à ces belles tranches de vie, ces superbes vignettes coloriées par la plume du songwriter londonien. Avec ses « amitiés perdues, ses pintes de bière, ses motards, ses sorcières maléfiques et ses chats volants » comme il le décrira dans X-Ray, son autobiographie de 1994, Village Green Preservation Society ne dit pas « c’était mieux avant » mais il décrit avec minutie et causticité deux mondes qui se croisent.  Musicalement, les Kinks prennent le contre-pied de leurs contemporains qui ne jurent que par les solos de guitare, les rythmiques surpuissantes et surtout le psychédélisme. Tout l’opposé de ce sixième album à l’âme assez folk et embelli par le clavecin et le mellotron de Nicky Hopkins. Pour véhiculer ses paroles, Ray Davies invente Daisy, Walter, Johnny Thunder, Monica… Des personnages inspirés par de vieilles connaissances, des amis d’enfance ou des membres de sa famille. Des gens simples, issus de la classe ouvrière. L’enfance qui s’éloigne ou disparaît hante ce disque. Et c’est un adulte de seulement 24 ans qui pleure ces années révolues ! « Tout ça, c’est sans doute dans ma tête, déclarera le songwriter dans une interview au magazine Uncut en novembre 2007. Tout le monde a son propre Village vert, un endroit où l’on va quand le monde devient fou ou qu’on a besoin de se retrouver avec soi-même… Le vrai Village vert est un mélange d’endroits au nord de Londres. Des lieux verts près de la maison de mon enfance à Fortis Green, Cherry Tree Woods, Highgate Woods. C’est là qu’on jouait au foot jusqu’à la tombée de la nuit. Il y avait une ambiance mystérieuse. On y entendait aussi des histoires étranges. » Aujourd’hui, l’écoute déconnectée des canons sixties permet d’apprécier sans a priori une œuvre totale, simple et sans artifice, d’une richesse musicale hors du commun. Surtout, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society peut aisément servir de mode d’emploi de la chanson parfaite. Utile, non ? © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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