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Ray Davies' sentimental, nostalgic streak emerged on Something Else, but it developed into a manifesto on The Village Green Preservation Society, a concept album lamenting the passing of old-fashioned English traditions. As the opening title song says, the Kinks -- meaning Ray himself, in this case -- were for preserving "draught beer and virginity," and throughout the rest of the album, he creates a series of stories, sketches, and characters about a picturesque England that never really was. It's a lovely, gentle album, evoking a small British country town, and drawing the listener into its lazy rhythms and sensibilities. Although there is an undercurrent of regret running throughout the album, Davies' fondness for the past is warm, making the album feel like a sweet, hazy dream. And considering the subdued performances and the detailed instrumentations, it's not surprising that the record feels more like a Ray Davies solo project than a Kinks album. The bluesy shuffle of "Last of the Steam-Powered Trains" is the closest the album comes to rock & roll, and Dave Davies' cameo on the menacing "Wicked Annabella" comes as surprise, since the album is so calm. But calm doesn't mean tame or bland -- there are endless layers of musical and lyrical innovation on The Village Green Preservation Society, and its defiantly British sensibilities became the foundation of generations of British guitar pop.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
The Village Green Preservation Society (2018 Stereo Remaster)
00:02:51

Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

2
Do You Remember Walter? (2018 Stereo Remaster)
00:02:29

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

3
Picture Book (2018 Stereo Remaster)
00:02:39

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

4
Johnny Thunder (2018 Stereo Remaster)
00:02:33

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

5
Last of the Steam-Powered Trains (2018 Stereo Remaster)
00:04:13

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

6
Big Sky (2018 Stereo Remaster)
00:02:52

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

7
Sitting By the Riverside (2018 Stereo Remaster)
00:02:26

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

8
Animal Farm (2018 Stereo Remaster)
00:03:01

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

9
Village Green (2018 Stereo Remaster)
00:02:11

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

10
Starstruck (2018 Stereo Remaster)
00:02:24

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

11
Phenomenal Cat (2018 Stereo Remaster)
00:02:41

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

12
All of My Friends Were There (2018 Stereo Remaster)
00:02:28

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

13
Wicked Annabella (2018 Stereo Remaster)
00:02:45

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

14
Monica (2018 Stereo Remaster)
00:02:18

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

15
People Take Pictures of Each Other (2018 Stereo Remaster)
00:02:11

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

16
Days [2018 Remastered Version] (Stereo Mix)
00:02:53

Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

17
She's Got Everything (Stereo Mix; 2018 Remaster)
00:03:10

Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

18
Mr. Songbird (Stereo Mix; 2018 Remaster)
00:02:26

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

19
Wonderboy [2018 Remastered Version] (Stereo Mix)
00:02:46

Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

20
Polly [2018 Remastered Version] (Stereo Mix)
00:02:51

Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

21
Berkeley Mews [2018 Remastered Version] (Stereo Mix)
00:02:39

Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

22
Rosemary Rose [2018 Remastered Version] (Stereo Mix)
00:02:00

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

23
Misty Water [2018 Remastered Version] (Stereo Mix)
00:03:04

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

24
Did You See His Name? (Stereo Mix; 2018 Remaster)
00:01:58

Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

25
Do You Remember Walter? [2018 Remastered Version] (European Stereo Mix Without Tambourine)
00:02:26

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

26
Animal Farm [2018 Remastered Version] (Alternate Stereo Mix)
00:03:03

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

27
People Take Pictures of Each Other [2018 Remastered Version] (European Stereo Mix With Big Band Coda)
00:02:23

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

28
Days [2018 Remastered Version] (Mono Single Mix)
00:02:55

Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

29
She's Got Everything [2018 Mono Remaster] (Single Mix)
00:03:09

Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

30
Mr. Songbird (2018 Mono Remaster)
00:02:25

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

31
Wonderboy [2018 Remastered Version] (Mono Single Mix)
00:02:51

Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

32
Polly [2018 Mono Remaster] (Single Mix)
00:02:51

Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

33
Till Death Us Do Part [2018 Remastered Versio] (Mono Mix)
00:03:19

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

34
Berkeley Mews [2018 Mono Remaster] (Single Mix)
00:02:39

Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

35
Village Green [2018 Mono Remaster] (Alternate Vocal)
00:02:12

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

36
Lavender Hill [2018 Remastered Version] (Mono Mix)
00:02:57

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

37
Rosemary Rose [2018 Remastered Version] (Mono Mix)
00:01:45

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

38
Pictures in the Sand [2018 Remastered Version] (Mono Mix)
00:02:47

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Vocals - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

39
Misty Water (Mono Mix; 2018 Remaster)
00:03:10

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

40
Did You See His Name? (2018 Mono Remaster)
00:01:58

Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

41
Last of the Steam-Powered Trains [2018 - Remaster] (With Alternate Ending; 2018 Mono Remaster)
00:03:18

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

42
The Village Green Preservation Society (Alternate Mix With Session Chat)
00:03:15

Raymond Douglas Davies, Composer, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

43
Do You Remember Walter? (Backing Track)
00:02:52

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

44
Johnny Thunder (Alternate Mix With Session Chat; 2018 Stereo Remaster)
00:02:43

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

45
Phenomenal Cat (Alternate Mix With Session Chat; 2018 Stereo Remaster)
00:02:55

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

46
Starstruck (Alternate Mix With Session Chat)
00:02:45

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

47
Misty Water (Alternate Stereo Mix)
00:03:32

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

48
Easy Come, There You Went (Backing Track / Alternate Mix Stereo; 2018 Remaster)
00:02:23

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

49
Animal Farm (Live at the BBC, Saturday Club, 26th November 1968; 2018 Mono Remaster)
00:03:08

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 BBC. Licensed courtesy of BBC Studios

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)
00:04:33

Raymond Douglas Davies, Producer - Dave Davies, Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar - Ray Davies, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - The Kinks, MainArtist - Mick Avory, Drums - Pete Quaife, Bass Guitar

© 2018 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2018 BBC. Licensed Courtesy of BBC Studios

Album Description

Ray Davies' sentimental, nostalgic streak emerged on Something Else, but it developed into a manifesto on The Village Green Preservation Society, a concept album lamenting the passing of old-fashioned English traditions. As the opening title song says, the Kinks -- meaning Ray himself, in this case -- were for preserving "draught beer and virginity," and throughout the rest of the album, he creates a series of stories, sketches, and characters about a picturesque England that never really was. It's a lovely, gentle album, evoking a small British country town, and drawing the listener into its lazy rhythms and sensibilities. Although there is an undercurrent of regret running throughout the album, Davies' fondness for the past is warm, making the album feel like a sweet, hazy dream. And considering the subdued performances and the detailed instrumentations, it's not surprising that the record feels more like a Ray Davies solo project than a Kinks album. The bluesy shuffle of "Last of the Steam-Powered Trains" is the closest the album comes to rock & roll, and Dave Davies' cameo on the menacing "Wicked Annabella" comes as surprise, since the album is so calm. But calm doesn't mean tame or bland -- there are endless layers of musical and lyrical innovation on The Village Green Preservation Society, and its defiantly British sensibilities became the foundation of generations of British guitar pop.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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