Friday, February 22, 2019

The Kinks

Original line-up : Pete Quaife, Dave Davies, Ray Davies, Mick Avory

Although they weren't as boldly innovative as the Beatles or as popular as the Rolling Stones or the Who, the Kinks were one of the most influential bands of the British Invasion. Like most bands of their era, the Kinks began as an R&B/blues outfit. Within four years, the band had become the most staunchly English of all their contemporaries, drawing heavily from British music hall and traditional pop, as well as incorporating elements of country, folk, and blues.

Throughout their long, varied career, the core of the Kinks remained Ray (born June 21, 1944) and Dave Davies (born February 3, 1947), who were born and raised in Muswell Hill, London. In their teens, the brothers began playing skiffle and rock & roll. Soon, they recruited a schoolmate of Ray's, Peter Quaife, to play with them; like the Davies brothers, Quaife played guitar, but he switched to bass. By the summer of 1963, the group had decided to call itself the Ravens and had recruited a new drummer, Mickey Willet. Eventually, their demo tape reached Shel Talmy, an American record producer who was under contract to Pye Records. Talmy helped the band land a contract with Pye in 1964. Before signing to the label, the Ravens replaced drummer Willet with Mick Avory.

The Ravens recorded their debut single, a cover of Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally," in January 1964. Before the single was released, the group changed their name to the Kinks. "Long Tall Sally" was released in February of 1964 and failed to chart, as did their second single, "You Still Want Me." The band's third single, "You Really Got Me," was much noisier and dynamic, featuring a savage, fuzz-toned two-chord riff and a frenzied solo from Dave Davies. Not only was the final version the blueprint for the Kinks' early sound, but scores of groups used the heavy power chords as a foundation. "You Really Got Me" reached number one within a month of its release; released on Reprise in the U.S., the single climbed into the Top Ten. "All Day and All of the Night," the group's fourth single, was released late in 1964 and it rose all the way to number two; in America, it hit number seven. During this time, the band also produced two full-length albums and several EPs...More


6 EP's collection

The Singles Collection 2CD

 The EP Collection (1990)

 The EP Collection Vol. 2 (1991)

Rare Anthology Vol. 1

Rare Anthology Vol. 2

The Great Lost Kinks Album

Another Great Lost Kinks Album

The Kinks Secret Sessions

The Kinks-Kulled From Arkives-BBC- Unreleased 1965-1967

The Kinks BBC Chronicles

The Kinks - BBC sessions

Live at Kelvin Hall 1968

Live at the Fillmore West 1969

The Kinks – Kinks Kollekted


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  2. Unable to find the link for this one "The Kinks - BBC sessions". Please help ! Thanks in advance.

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  4. Unable to find the link for this one "The Kinks - BBC sessions". Please help ! Thanks in advance.

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