The Kinks – "The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society" (1968)

Although it did not sell in high numbers when it was released in 1968, time has done “The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society” the world of good, with this fantastic album of steam trains, village greens, and playing cricket in the rain now seen by many as Ray Davies greatest lyrical achievement, and one of the greatest albums of that era. It is an album that anyone can enjoy because of the vivid imagery the songs portray, with the strong theme of Britain and all its great past times running throughout the album. As an album it is an easy listen because the songs allow you to close your eyes and picture the lyrics as they are sung to you, with the songs in many ways being mini stories individually focusing on something uniquely British that links back to the overall concept of the album . There are a couple of weaker tracks here musically, but all in all it is a fun listen, and one cannot but help feel happy when listening to it.

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– Sam

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