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The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society 50th anniversary super deluxe

Enormous 11-disc super deluxe edition • 2018 remasters • 174 tracks

BMG will issue a 50th anniversary edition of The Kinks‘ 1968 album The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society in October. 

The band’s sixth studio album was originally issued in November ’68 and would be the last album by the original line-up (bass player Pete Quaife departed in early 1969). Describin the album today, Davies says it’s about “the ending of a time personally for me in my life. In my imaginary village. It’s the end of our innocence, our youth. Some people are quite old but in the Village Green, you’re never allowed to grow up. I feel the project itself as part of a life cycle.”

The super deluxe edition is a eleven-disc set, no less. It contains a double vinyl LP with stereo and mono versions (both 2018 remasters) and a 12-track ‘Continental’ (Swedish) version on vinyl.

In addition there are five CDs of content as described below:

  • CD1:
    2018 Stereo Remaster, from the original HD tape transfers + bonus tracks of singles, B sides and original album related tracks
  • CD2:
    2018 Mono Remaster, from the original HD tape transfers + bonus tracks of singles, B sides and original album related tracks
  • CD3:
    Village Green Sessions – Including alternate versions, mixes and backing tracks, many previously unreleased
  • CD4:
    Village Green At The BBC – TV performance track audio and band interviews, many previously unreleased
  • CD5:
    Preservation, Sessions, Live & Demos – including mid 70s recordings, previously unreleased home demos, Ray Davies live in Denmark 2010 and unreleased track ‘Time Song’.

The three remaining discs are a trio of replica seven-inch singles, reproduced in picture sleeves. They are:

  • Days / She’s Got Everything (1968)
  • Starstruck / Picture Book (1968)
  • The Village Green Preservation Society / Do You Remember Walter? (1969)

There are 174 tracks in total (see full track listing at the bottom of this post) with “many previously unreleased tracks and versions”, including the previously unreleased track ‘Time Song’ which was performed by The Kinks at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in January 1973. This track was Davies’ commentary on the UK joining what was then called The Common Market. Ray says “This song was recorded a few weeks later but never made the final cut on the Preservation Act I album. Oddly enough, the song seems quite poignant and appropriate to release at this time in British history, and like Europe itself the track is a rough mix which still has to be finessed.” This track features in the box set and the 2CD edition.

The box set comes with a 52-page hardcover book with extensive sleeve notes and new band interviews and includes essays by Pete Townshend and other writers. It boasts “special packaging” with debossed box cover, foil & metallic text, linen cloth finish and a ‘bespoke accessories holder’.

It also comes with what we like to call ‘stuff’… broadly categorised as ‘memorabilia’. This includes a poster of Village Green LP inner gatefold; Empire Liverpool 1968 tour poster; glossy 10” x 8” photos from Hampstead Heath 1968 photoshoot; colour press photo with reproduced band signatures; Bournemouth 1968 gig ticket; PYE Records promo card; ‘Days’ sheet music etc.

The other three physical editions are a 2CD deluxe ‘art of the album’ which features the stereo and mono remasters and bonus tracks (49 tracks in total), plus single disc vinyl and CD versions with just the stereo remaster.

The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society 50th anniversary editions are out on 26 October 2018. The UK box set price of £94 seems pretty good for all that content and with VAT deducted US fans can import this from the UK for almost exactly $100 + shipping (it’s not listed in the US at the moment).

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In the super deluxe edition box set:

The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society stereo vinyl LP

Side 1
1. The Village Green Preservation Society (2018 Stereo Remaster)
2. Do You Remember Walter? (2018 Stereo Remaster)
3. Picture Book (2018 Stereo Remaster)
4. Johnny Thunder (2018 Stereo Remaster)
5. Last of the Steam-Powered Trains (2018 Stereo Remaster)
6. Big Sky (2018 Stereo Remaster)
7. Sitting By the Riverside (2018 Stereo Remaster)

Side 2
1. Animal Farm (2018 Stereo Remaster)
2. Village Green (2018 Stereo Remaster)
3. Starstruck (2018 Stereo Remaster)
4. Phenomenal Cat (2018 Stereo Remaster)
5. All of My Friends Were There (2018 Stereo Remaster)
6. Wicked Annabella (2018 Stereo Remaster)
7. Monica (2018 Stereo Remaster)
8. People Take Pictures of Each Other (2018 Stereo Remaster)

The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society mono vinyl LP

Side 1
1. The Village Green Preservation Society (2018 Mono Remaster)
2. Do You Remember Walter? (2018 Mono Remaster)
3. Picture Book (2018 Mono Remaster)
4. Johnny Thunder (2018 Mono Remaster)
5. Last of the Steam-Powered Trains (2018 Mono Remaster)
6. Big Sky (2018 Mono Remaster)
7. Sitting By the Riverside (2018 Mono Remaster)

Side 2
1. Animal Farm (2018 Mono Remaster)
2. Village Green (2018 Mono Remaster)
3. Starstruck (2018 Mono Remaster)
4. Phenomenal Cat (2018 Mono Remaster)
5. All of My Friends Were There (2018 Mono Remaster)
6. Wicked Annabella (2018 Mono Remaster)
7. Monica (2018 Mono Remaster)
8. People Take Pictures of Each Other (2018 Mono Remaster)

The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society Swedish vinyl LP

Side 1
1. The Village Green Preservation Society (Swedish Version; 2018 Stereo Remaster)
2. Do You Remember Walter? (Swedish Version; 2018 Stereo Remaster)
3. Picture Book (Swedish Version; 2018 Stereo Remaster)
4. Johnny Thunder (Swedish Version; 2018 Stereo Remaster)
5. Monica (Swedish Version; 2018 Stereo Remaster)
6. Days (Swedish Version; 2018 Stereo Remaster)

Side 2
1. Village Green (Swedish Version; 2018 Stereo Remaster)
2. Mr. Songbird (Swedish Version; 2018 Stereo Remaster)
3. Wicked Annabella (Swedish Version; 2018 Stereo Remaster)
4. Starstruck (Swedish Version; 2018 Stereo Remaster)
5. Phenomenal Cat (Swedish Version; 2018 Stereo Remaster)
6. People Take Pictures of Each Other (Swedish Version; 2018 Stereo Remaster)

CD 1 –  The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society 2018 Stereo Remaster + bonus tracks
1. The Village Green Preservation Society (2018 Stereo Remaster
2. Do You Remember Walter? (2018 Stereo Remaster)
3. Picture Book (2018 Stereo Remaster)
4. Johnny Thunder (2018 Stereo Remaster)
5. Last of the Steam-Powered Trains (2018 Stereo Remaster)
6. Big Sky (2018 Stereo Remaster)
7. Sitting By the Riverside (2018 Stereo Remaster)
8. Animal Farm (2018 Stereo Remaster)
9. Village Green (2018 Stereo Remaster)
10. Starstruck (2018 Stereo Remaster)
11. Phenomenal Cat (2018 Stereo Remaster)
12. All of My Friends Were There (2018 Stereo Remaster)
13. Wicked Annabella (2018 Stereo Remaster)
14. Monica (2018 Stereo Remaster)
15. People Take Pictures of Each Other (2018 Stereo Remaster)

Bonus tracks
16. Days (Stereo Mix) [2018 Remastered Version]
17. She’s Got Everything (Stereo Mix) [2018 Remaster]
18. Mr. Songbird (Stereo Mix) [2018 Remaster]
19. Wonderboy (Stereo Mix) [2018 Remastered Version]
20. Polly (Stereo Mix) [2018 Remastered Version]
21. Berkeley Mews (Stereo Mix) [2018 Remastered Version]
22. Rosemary Rose (Stereo Mix) [2018 Remastered Version]
23. Misty Water (Stereo Mix) [2018 Remastered Version]
24. Did You See His Name? (Stereo Mix) [2018 Remaster]
25. Do You Remember Walter? (European Stereo Mix Without Tambourine) [2018 Remastered Version]
26. Animal Farm (Alternate Stereo Mix) [2018 Remastered Version]
27. People Take Pictures of Each Other (European Stereo Mix With Big Band Coda) [2018 Remastered Version]

CD 2 – The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society 2018 Mono Remaster + bonus tracks
1. The Village Green Preservation Society (2018 Mono Remaster)
2. Do You Remember Walter? (2018 Mono Remaster)
3. Picture Book (2018 Mono Remaster)
4. Johnny Thunder (2018 Mono Remaster)
5. Last of the Steam-Powered Trains (2018 Mono Remaster)
6. Big Sky (2018 Mono Remaster)
7. Sitting By the Riverside (2018 Mono Remaster)
8. Animal Farm (2018 Mono Remaster)
9. Village Green (2018 Mono Remaster)
10. Starstruck (2018 Mono Remaster)
11. Phenomenal Cat (2018 Mono Remaster)
12. All of My Friends Were There (2018 Mono Remaster)
13. Wicked Annabella (2018 Mono Remaster)
14. Monica (2018 Mono Remaster)
15. People Take Pictures of Each Other (2018 Mono Remaster)

Bonus tracks

16. Days (Mono Single Mix) [2018 Remastered Version]
17. She’s Got Everything (Single Mix) [2018 Mono Remaster]
18. Mr. Songbird (2018 Mono Remaster)
19. Wonderboy (Mono Single Mix) [2018 Remastered Version]
20. Polly (Single Mix) [2018 Mono Remaster]
21. Till Death Us Do Part (Mono Mix) [2018 Remastered Versio]
22. Berkeley Mews (Single Mix) [2018 Mono Remaster]
23. Village Green (Alternate Vocal) [2018 Mono Remaster]
24. Lavender Hill (Mono Mix) [2018 Remastered Version]
25. Rosemary Rose (Mono Mix) [2018 Remastered Version]
26. Pictures in the Sand (Mono Mix) [2018 Remastered Version]
27. Misty Water (Mono Mix) [2018 Remaster]
28. Did You See His Name? (2018 Mono Remaster)
29. Last of the Steam-Powered Trains (With Alternate Ending) [2018 – Remaster]

CD 3 – Village Green Sessions
1. The Village Green Preservation Society (Alternate Mix With Session Chat)
2. Do You Remember Walter? (Backing Track)
3. Picture Book (Alternate Mix With Session Chat)
4. Johnny Thunder (Alternate Mix With Session Chat) [2018 Stereo Remaster]
5. Last of the Steam-Powered Trains (Alternate Mix With Session Chat)
6. Big Sky (Alternate Mix With Session Chat)
7. Animal Farm (Takes 16 & 17 With Session Chat)
8. Village Green (Unissued Mix from Acetate)
9. Starstruck (Alternate Mix With Session Chat)
10. Phenomenal Cat (Alternate Mix With Session Chat) [2018 Stereo Remaster]
11. Monica (Alternate Mix With Session Chat)
12. People Take Pictures of Each Other (Alternate Mix With Session Chat)
13. Egg Stained Pyjamas (Backing Track)
14. Days (Alternate Mix With Session Chat)
15. She’s Got Everything (Alternate Mix With Session Chat)
16. Misty Water (Alternate Stereo Mix)
17. Mr. Songbird (Alternate Mix)
18. Pictures in the Sand (Backing Track – Stereo Mix)
19. Berkeley Mews (Alternate Mix With Session Chat)
20. Easy Come, There You Went (Backing Track) [Alternate Mix Stereo] [2018 Remaster]
21. Did You See His Name? (Alternate Mix With Session Chat)
22. Mick Avory’s Underpants (Backing Track – Mono Mix; 2018 Remastered Version)
23. Spotty Grotty Anna (Stereo Backing Track; 2018 Remastered Version)
24. Lavender Hill (Stereo Backing Track)
25. Village Green (Backing Track – Stereo Mix; 2018 Remastered Version)

CD 4 – Village Green at the BBC
1. Interview: Ray talks about working (Recorded July 1968; 2018 Mono Remaster)
2. Days (Top Gear, Recorded 1st July 1968; 2018 Remastered Version)
3. Waterloo Sunset (Top Gear, Recorded 1st July 1968; 2018 Mono Remaster)
4. Interview: Ray Talks About Solo Records (Recorded July 1968; 2018 Mono Remaster)
5. Love Me Till the Sun Shines (Top Gear, Recorded 1 July 1968; 2018 Mono Remaster)
6. Monica (Top Gear, Recorded 1st July 1968; 2018 Mono Remaster)
7. Interview: Ray talks about Village Green (Recorded November 1968; 2018 Mono Remaster)
8. The Village Green Preservation Society (Saturday Club, Recorded 26th November 1968; 2018 Mono Remaster)
9. Animal Farm (Live at the BBC, Saturday Club, 26th November 1968) [2018 Mono Remaster]
10. Interview: Ray & Dave Talk About Last of the Steam-Powered Trains, (Saturday Club, Broadcast 18th January 1969; Mono)
11. Last of the Steam-Powered Trains (Live at Julie Felix Show, 7 January 1969) [Mono]
12. Picture Book (Live Vocals) [Julie Felix Show, Recorded 7 January 1969; Mono]
13. Do You Remember Walter? (BBC Mix) [Symonds On Sunday, Recorded 2 April 1968; 2018 Mono Remaster]
14. Medley: Dedicated Follower of Fashion / A Well Respected Man / Death of a Clown (TV Pre-Mix Of Uniquely Recorded Medley – Mono; Colour Me Pop, Recorded 22 July 1968)
15. Sunny Afternoon (TV Pre-Mix Minus Melodica; Colour Me Pop, Recorded 22 July 1968)
16. Picture Book (Live TV Pre-Mix) [Colour Me Pop, Recorded 22 July 1968]
17. Days (TV Pre-Mix) [TV Pre-Mix; Colour Me Pop, Recorded 22 July 1968]
18. Lazy Old Sun (TV Pre-Mix; Colour Me Pop, Recorded 22 July 1968)
19. Two Sisters (TV Pre-Mix; Colour Me Pop, Recorded 22 July 1968)
20. Monica (TV Pre-Mix) [TV Pre-Mix; Colour Me Pop, Recorded 22 July 1968]
21. Lincoln County (TV Pre-Mix Minus Strings Overdub; Colour Me Pop, Recorded 22 July 1968; 2018 Mono Remaster)
22. Where Did My Spring Go? (Where Was Spring?, Recorded 1969) [2018 Mono Remaster]
23. When I Turn Off the Living Room Light (Where Was Spring?, Recorded 1969) [2018 Mono Remaster]

CD 5 – Preservation, Sessions, Live & Demos
1. Home Demos Medley
2. Days (Acoustic Version)
3. Mr. Songbird (Alternate Mix; Stereo)
4. The Village Green Preservation Society (Alternate Mix; Stereo)
5. Johnny Thunder (Backing Track; Stereo Mix)
6. Big Sky (Alternate Mix) [Stereo]
7. Phenomenal Cat (Backing Track; 2018 Remastered Version)
8. Picture Book (Vocals and Guitar; Stereo Mix)
9. Animal Farm (Backing Track; Stereo Mix)
10. Time Song (Monitor Mix – Stereo)
11. The Village Green Preservation Society (Preservation Version – Stereo)
12. Medley: Picture Book / People Take Pictures Of Each Other (Preservation Version – Stereo)
13. Village Green Overture (Preservation Version) [Stereo]
14. Days (with The DR Symphony & The DR Vocal Ensemble) [Live] – Ray Davies
15. Village Green Suite: Ray Davies Spoken Intro
16. Village Green Suite: Village Green (with The DR Symphony & Vocal Ensemble) – Ray Davies
17. Village Green Suite: Picture Book (with The DR Symphony & The DR Vocal Ensemble) [Live] – Ray Davies
18. Village Green Suite: Big Sky (with The DR Symphony & Vocal Ensemble) – Ray Davies
19. Village Green Suite: Do You Remember Walter? (with The DR Symphony & Vocal Ensemble) – Ray Davies
20. Village Green Suite: Johnny Thunder (with The DR Symphony & Vocal Ensemble) – Ray Davies
21. Village Green Suite: The Village Green Preservation Society (with The DR Symphony & The DR Vocal Ensemble) [Live] – Ray Davies
22. The Way Love Used To Be (with The DR Symphony & Vocal Ensemble) – Ray Davies

7″ single #1
1. Days (Mono Single Mix) [2018 Remastered Version]
2. Starstruck (2018 Mono Remaster)

7″ single #2
1. Starstruck (2018 Mono Remaster)
2. Picture Book (2018 Mono Remaster)

7″ single #3
1. The Village Green Preservation Society (2018 Stereo Remaster)
2. Do You Remember Walter? (2018 Stereo Remaster)

117 responses to The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society super deluxe box

  1. Stephen Muzyka says:

    Received the missing photo today. The best box set of this year is now complete. Well done to BMG for recognising and sorting the issue. Have a good Christmas everyone.

  2. Liberteenager says:

    Can anyone supply a BMG email address to request an autographed glossy? Would greatly appreciate it!

    • Stephen Muzyka says:

      Hi, you can contact them on info.uk@bmg.com. They will forward your request to the relevant people so leave them your address as they will be posting out copies of the missing photo to all those who have requested it.
      Hope this helps.

  3. Sean mason says:

    I’ve received 2 boxsets now from record store and both with dinked corners and now they can’t supply as it’s sold out ! Why should I except it with damaged corners

  4. Many of these outtakes were released on the vinyl-only Great Lost Kinks album of 1973 and will not be new to Kinks fans lucky enough to own that album.

  5. Leemer says:

    I wish they would have done a Sgt. Pepper remix on this. They probably don’t have the elements to do that though.

  6. Chopdog says:

    Listening to it right now. It’s odd – Wonderboy seems to have lost its vocal track way down – you hardly hear when he starts singing. The mono is SO much cleaner and clear.

  7. John Nagle says:

    Received my super deluxe box set in the mail today and it looks and sounds great! Only problem, the photo of the band with reproduced signatures was not included. Did anyone else have theirs turn up with a missing photo? Also, the Time Song 7” single was not included and I’m pretty certain I was among the first 1000 orders.

    • Pete says:

      Mine is missing the “autographed” photo too. I only got 5 glossy photos – in the contents it’s listed as 6 but the photo only seems to show 5 so maybe “6” was a typo.

      Has anyone found a technique for getting the CDs back onto the annoying rubbery…. nipples?

      • Rob says:

        Hello,
        The autographed photo is missing from my set too. I have emailed BMG. Thought it must just be my set. So, I emailed BMG to see if they could post the photo to me.
        I agree about the foam CD holders. They are tricky. The best technique I’ve found is to hook the CD over the left side of the foam and push the CD to right. The foam will come up through the hole.

      • Paul English says:

        The rubber CD holders are so annoying! Also missing the signed photo….

      • Stephen Muzyka says:

        No signed photo in mine either. It appears looking at the contents layout that this should be the sixth glossy photo, (the other 5 are shown on the left).
        Hopefully BMG will put this right at a later date. That quibble aside this is undoubtedly one of the best box sets I’ve ever seen, and an example of how to treat a classic (are you listening ABKCO?).

        As for the CD holder, the best way I’ve found is to get one side in and then rotate the CD until the whole of the centre ‘nipply thing’ pops up. Not sure if this is beneficial to the CD’s themselves though. My advice would be to rip all the audio into a laptop and burn a safety copy of each CD for listening and leave the proper ones where they are until such times as they’re needed again.

    • E. J. Grevink says:

      Yup, same. Not THAT photograph. Planning to write BMG as per the mailaddress in the back of the booklet. Elmar

    • Richard says:

      Yep, missing from mine too. Have contacted BMG to see what they say. That aside, it’s one of the best box sets that I’ve parted with cash for.

    • Thijs Scheepers says:

      Mine is missing the “autographed” photo too. An interesting box with fine music. Espacially the bonus tracks. Fan from the beginning, the ultimate sixties band.

    • John Sakamoto says:

      I received a response from BMG U.K. today. They say a “production issue” is behind the missing photo.

      “We’re currently printing out replacement photos and will post you one as soon as possible.”

  8. Peter says:

    Turned up today, just an amazing collection, just awesome.

    At £94 pre-order on Amazon.uk, fantastic value

    Thank you for the tip off Paul

    This is how to do box sets. Up there with the Led Zep Stuff.

  9. Jürgen says:

    Got the super deluxe box today, first impression is fantastic, just listening to the stereo LP

  10. Sandy says:

    Exciting times – SDE Kinks , Hendrix , Beatles , Dylan…keep them coming please !

  11. Wayne Klein says:

    I’m assuming Amazon Uk will honor the preorder drop in price to $94 U.S. anyone had any other experience with this? I purchased the week it was up so naturally I paid a higher price.

    • Jeff G. says:

      The way I understand it, they give you the lowest price they list it at between the time you place the order and the day they ship it to you.

  12. Phil Cohen says:

    People who ordered the boxed set through The Kinks’ online store are being supplied an incomlete boxed set (minus one of the 7″ vinyl singles) with the promise that that the single will follow within 2 weeks. Apparently, there was some fault in that vinyl single and it is being re-manufactured.
    This brings into question how orders placed with Amazon.co.uk will be handled and whether Amazon will actually send the boxed sets to customers on the release date.

  13. J. Kane says:

    I have the 3CD version which, after reflection on the 50th anniversary box set, will do me. I am just not into vinyl, I know that is heresy to some people but there you go. I switched to CDs a long long time ago. If this was a 5 CD set I would buy it no problem but definitely not a fan of CD/vinyl combos.

    • Mark Borland says:

      Why don’t you sell the vinyl?

    • MARK JACKSON says:

      J.Kane…My sentiments exactly. I have the 3 x cd version. All I want are the extra tracks on this 5 x cd version….I don’t care for the vinyl resurrection, infact I hope it dies a death real soon.

  14. Robert Meighan says:

    i am sure this box set was under a 100 pounds when i pre ordered it from amazon uk ?

  15. David says:

    Massive price-drop on the Australian Amazon site! $39.99AUD!
    https://www.amazon.com.au/Kinks-Village-Green-Preservation-Society/dp/B07GGSB3YK

  16. Brice says:

    Some errors on the photos. The photo of the band sitting in the grass. On the book, Pete is on the right and on the photography, he is on the left. Same with the photography with autographs….Mick should be on the left, the photo is not on the right way…Where is the job ?

  17. Brice says:

    The music is of course the most important but I wrote to BMG to told them all the errors with the photos in the Boxset ! The color photo with the band sitting in the grass(in the book, it’s ok but on the photo Pete is on the left !), and the photo with the autographs (Mick must be on the right !)….Hope there aren’t others errors like this in the book !

  18. Bruce Kelso says:

    this is a incredible box set from of the greatest era of rock music ,1968. once you enter the village green you are living a care free life style. trains ,boats , old friends remembered ,lazy days watching the clouds go by and a quick nip at the local pub . with all the stress today the village green is a nice place to visit.this record has been in my collection since 1968 in both mono/stereo versions and the swedish version to. the field pictures show the group on a happy setting which i was told by dave davies in conversation with him that it was lovely day out with friends.a magnificent package. long live the kinks .

  19. Mathew Lauren says:

    Seeing all these comments about lost tapes from Kinks early releases, really saddens me; but at least this is something.

    Not for nuthin,’ The Kinks “Word of Mouth” (1985) was a pretty big hit, as an album in America with singles, MTV vid hits, and a great tour here in 1985. I can speak first-hand about this, having seen them @ DAR Constitution Hall, D.C., 1985. Considered one of their finest latter albums, and with the multi’s intact, how ‘bout some cd/dvd or blu 5.1 SDE-love here?

  20. Reinhold says:

    Will this box set also be available in Germany via amazon.de or jpc.de?

  21. Tomas Carlsson says:

    Does anyone know in how many copies this deluxe boxset will be released?

  22. Stephen Muzyka says:

    Can’t wait for this. I already own the 3cd version but I admit I’m a sucker for ‘alternate’ mixes and the like. They’ve certainly pulled out all the stops for this so fair play to the compilers. This is how a box set should be done.
    Mind you, with the new Bowie box set also due in October, as well as rumours of the White Album, Beggars Banquet and The Who Sell Out receiving the deluxe treatment, I pray for a good Lottery win.

  23. Huw says:

    I was excited about this but I was really hoping they’d give it a stereo remix. The new mix of Johnny Thunder from the last issue of this album was tantalising – hearing the whole album sounding that full would’ve been amazing.

    • Phil Cohen says:

      Unfortunately, in the early 1970’s Pye Records threw away 98% of The Kinks’ 1960’s multitrack tapes. There will never be stereo versions of those 1964-1966 songs that weren’t mixed for stereo at the time. And even if there could be stereo remixes of the group’s 2nd & 3rd albums and the 1964-1966 non-L.P. singles, there is a high likelyhood that they would be missing certain parts that were added live during mono mixdown. Check out the stereo version of “Dedicated Follower of Fashion” which lacks the answering “Oh Yes He Is!” background vocals. Adding parts live-during-mono-mixdown was typical of the techniques used by producer Shel Talmy at the time. It’s amazing how much Kinks vault material that compiler Andrew Sandoval has been able to find (on existing mixes and acetates) over the years.

  24. Keith Coleman says:

    Can somebody rob a bank for me or is there a charity I could subscribe to for music lovers down on their luck? I treasured a second hand copy of this album for years and years through the dark days when you could not get any 60s physical product in any format, bar endless compilations.

  25. Andy says:

    A bit unread in The Kinks archive footage but does the “Colour Me Pop” footage visually still exist? I imagine not as it would have been included. So it’s an off air recording? Any ideas?

    It’s so fortunate that programmers from the series by Small Faces and The Move exist but I sense The Kinks weren’t so lucky?

    • Mark Borland says:

      Colour Me Pop visual footage no longer exists….

      The audio should be a huge upgrade from the off air recordings on the BBC box.

    • Edwin Muller says:

      Even most of the songs are probably lost. They tried to find the missing ones for this box.

  26. Ian Burgess says:

    A good price for what is included, but value for money? As a cd listener I would never play the vinyl, so the premium payment is for a trio of picture sleeves to look at once in a while. Surely vinyl loveres will also be less than satisfiesd as there are three cd’s worth of material not on their preferred / chosen format. As others have mentioned the previous 3 cd reissue has also covered a fair portion of the previously rare material.

    5 cd set with book, which is what I’d be buying really… £60 ish

    Disappointingly exciting once again as it’s a mixed format release duplicating so many tracks.

  27. Jeff says:

    It’s glorious this even exists or for that matter is cared about enough for such an exhaustive effort to be made to immortalize it’s creation. If it’s a financial issue that pisses you off about it you would be wise to keep that to yourself as we all know it will be easily available on the torrent and streaming sites. It’s not as if you’ll never hear it if you don’t empty your pockets. So the argument that one or two new songs will force you to shell out all of this cash is not a good one. So please stop bitching and just be happy it’s available. 10 years ago you would have only dreamed you’d get the chance to see something like this released.

  28. Martin Stacey says:

    Let’s not mention the BBC wiping things, at the age of 47 it still sends a chill down my spine, though you can totally understand why it happened. Arguably, this is how each and every album in existence should be issued, it looks like perfection, even if it has taken a little while!

  29. korova says:

    Like the Joe Strummer box set I wonder if we will see any lower prices on the Amazon Europe sites if it appears on them. I that moment the box set is not listed but the other versions are on Italy, Spain and France.

  30. William Darlington says:

    How many more deluxe versions of this will we see? There have been 1-, 2- and 3-CD sets, with all sorts of bonus tracks and unreleased stuff and I bought a couple. Now we have to get this, for one completely unreleased song. I could live without the endless parade of alternate takes and mixes of released songs and the pointless vinyl, so I won’t be contributing, yet again, to Mr Davies’ pension fund.

  31. Mylene says:

    How much on this is actually new? If I’ve got the 3CD version and the BBC box is anything here that I really need? Time for a long think?

    • Mark Borland says:

      Majority of CD3 and 5 is unreleased, also upgraded mono sources for some tracks and for the Colour Me Pop audio.

  32. Phil Cohen says:

    Thanks for the links. Ordered from Amazon.co.uk

  33. Sean says:

    Can’t really argue with most of the opinions here, but, if I don’t buy The Village Green Super Deluxe, I’ll never buy a Super Deluxe!

  34. Stephen says:

    I already have the 3-CD Village Green set from a while back. In terms of unreleased material, what does this offer that that doesn’t have? Hoping a super-fan can summarise so I don’t have to undertake a tiresome track hy track comparison. Thanks!

    • Seth Hollander says:

      I had a moment in my life recently to do the “tiresome track hy track comparison”.
      If you buy the new 2 CD Deluxe and own the old 3 CD Deluxe, you have all the tracks from the first 2 CDs of the superdeluxe, except “Last of the Steam-Powered Trains (With Alternate Ending)” and “She’s Got Everything (Single Mix)”* plus 13 of the 57 music tracks by The Kinks** from the three supplemental CDs in the new superdeluxe.
      * released on the Face To Face Deluxe.
      ** didn’t count 5 non-music tracks and 8 Ray-without-The-Kinks tracks.
      I live in a small apartment and don’t need anymore boxes/books/papers or slabs of vinyl.
      So I’m skipping 44 alternate versions/demos/BBC recordings/backing tracks and saving $140 by only buying the new 2disc edition to place by my old 3disc edition.
      If I didn’t have the 3discer I would be compelled to find room in my apartment (and money in my bank) for all the stuff that comes with those 5 CDs….

      • BDobbins says:

        Thanks for taking the time to do work that out Seth! As a happy owner of the 3CD set, I’ll just grab the affordable 2CD set to supplement my collection.

  35. Steve j says:

    Paul thanks for the excellent information on the Kinks box set promptly ordered

  36. StevieB says:

    174 tracks!!!…makes the 140 track John Lennon Imagine Ultimate Box Set announced earlier today look positively meagre in comparison.

  37. Kevin Wollenweber says:

    Oh boy, this really does look like a must get, although I’ going to wait and see if it comes to Amazon USA before I pull the switch; this is not a complaint, just an observation but, should this thing sell out very, very quickly, and I believe it will, please issue an alternate CD version that features the album proper in mono and stereo with the bonus tracks and perhaps a third and fourth disk that features that Swedish track list. Otherwise, this is phenominal!!

  38. Michael says:

    A truly wonderful album getting what looks like a fabulous repackage. Will it be the last Kinks set I purchase? I wonder. I almost hope so.

    Some observations:

    Based on current prices – £94 on Amazon v £137 (incl p&p) on the Official site. I personally cannot justify £43 for the exclusive 7″. Others might, if so enjoy it.

    Which catalogues have been reworked more than the Kinks since the advent of cd? The Small Faces I would suggest but it’s a smaller catalogue. I am sure there are others. They have had a pretty good go with the Beach Boys.

    As far as the Kinks go I have shelled out my hard earned cash on…

    90’s remasters
    00/10’s double and triple (Village Green) cds
    Picture Box
    Anthology box set
    At the BBC box set

    Hence my comment hoping this might be the last one. Of course all purchases were my choice and some were discounted, or in sales.

    I am not a fan of cd/vinyl combos but will on occasion buy them. Beach Boys Smile, and the ongoing Ramones sets spring to mind. Personally, for the content, this one at £94 seems reasonable although I would have liked the option of just the 5cds. Of course that would not necessarily meet the marketing concept of “The Art of the Album”, and may result in the big box remaining on the shelf.

    • Mark Borland says:

      You’re obviously not a fan of the Doors if you think the Kinks remasters are excessive….

      • colm47 says:

        I was just about to post re The Doors Mark, you beat me to it!
        Being a fan of both bands, I have quite a few duplicates of LPs and CDs

      • Michael says:

        Actually I do like the Doors and have many of their sets and all of the core albums in at least 2 forms, but found the recent cd/vinyl releases had insufficient additional material to attract me at the price. There is only so much money to spend.

  39. mark turrell says:

    i think this is very good value up against some of the other big boys box sets we’ve had. Plenty of material, formats for analog and digital fans. for all of those people moaning about the price, how many of you have new cars in the driveway, or a big flatscreen telly, or spend thousands on a holiday abroad. I drive a crappy old car, and vacation very little, and the money i would’ve paid every month, i spend on records. It’s all about your priorities people.

  40. Fantailfan says:

    While it is on my top 57 (unlike the white album), I’ve never been able to justify the purchase of any SDEs, not even Fish Out of Water (my mileage does vary). Why couldn’t they have delayed the release until my birthday, other than it’s a national holiday here?

    Anyway, long live The Kinks and long live SDE.

  41. Jeff G. says:

    Well, I usually pass on all these big ticket reissues, even though I love solo Macca and the Beatles and Dylan some of the other big names that tend to release these sorts of packages, but I think I may have to go for this one. 3 LPs, 5 CDs and 3 7″s for US $103 (what it comes to on Amazon UK as of right now) is a pretty good price really, and certainly, VGPS is an all-time top 10 album for me.

  42. Robert B says:

    Some are squawking about the price but for what is offered its not a bad deal especially if you love the album. Who knows it may go down a bit

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Also, let’s consider the Pink Floyd Immersion boxes were £75 for a few CDs and DVD/Blu-ray back in 2011. Seven years later you’re getting quite a bit more in this set for a £20 premium. If I take my family to the cinema I say goodbye to the best part of £50 for ONE EVENING. £94 for a box that will be a treasured possession and dipped into on and off for years, isn’t too bad.

  43. Sylent Syd says:

    Between this and the rumoured White Album box set, consider me broke to end 2018

  44. andrew R says:

    Moan moan about format, too expensive etc .A generation ago this stuff wouldn’t have
    been thought worthy of release let alone this level of attention. There is a very reasonable 2 cd for those who don’t want to pay but some people would deny the super deluxe because
    it’s only “for the rich” . People who collect at this level aren’t “rich” they are passionate
    and are generally poor because of their “passion” .Hope that clears that up for the people who don’t understand what the “superdeluxe ” in this sites title means !

    • RJS says:

      The comments on this site would be pointless and very boring if it was just endless “Love the format, love the price, ordered!”.

      • Paul Sinclair says:

        I agree… but there are limits. Complaining about box sets even existing on a box set site is asking for it…

        • peter chrisp says:

          You have summed it up well Paul the amount of time and effort you put into each deluxe super deluxe edition of an anniversary box set, new release is superb. Everytime i jump onto your web-page & see what’s due & the various formats it’s amazing and my initial reaction is the usual Tull pun “My God” that is massive keep up the great work!

  45. RJS says:

    “I feel the project itself as part of a life cycle.”

    More like an endless recycle! I bought a two or three disc edition of the album years ago and that’s more than enough for me.

  46. Just ordered, $104 all told to USA. THOUGHT about holding out, but then figured if I waited too long on ghost would go out of print, while the likely White Album SDE would be produced in much greater quantities (the Pepper one is still around) and therefore could be waited on. That said, RSD may be light this fall!

    • Vinyl Mighty says:

      I just did the same…104 dollars with shipping to USA. Oddly enough, buying in the USA from the USA to a US address is over 161 dollars. How’s that work?

  47. Blakey says:

    Trust those clowns at the BBC to have wiped the Kinks ‘Colour Me Pop’ footage. Thank God the Small Faces one survived… Hope it’s true about a Ronnie Lane box set.

  48. Mister Stick says:

    Madman says, “Can someone shed some light on the “Swedish/Continental” version?” I guess I got my Kinks History Degree from a shady online college, because I was curious of that, too. I found that the LP configuration listed above was released in not just Sweden, but France, Norway, Italy, and New Zealand, ahead of other places, including Britain. Apparently, this was going to be the same tracklist for the UK, but Ray changed his mind at the last moment. There was also another tracklist assembled for the US (under a different title, apparently in fear that Americans would not understand the ‘Village Green’ – and those fears make good sense, believe me), but they ditched that too. It would have been nice to see that released here. Regardless, this box looks great to me. Some “paper plate” stuff, like sheet music – there’s a new one – but that’s thoroughly outweighed by the music.

  49. Dave Rhubard says:

    Are the people buying all these box sets lottery winners? I would not have time to listen to all this music what with working and sleeping. Or are they just trinkets to stick on a shelf to impress people with?

    • Chris Squires says:

      You are kinda assuming that everyone here buys every single set rather than picking and choosing what they want. Buying an SDE really is no different to buying single CD or 2CD sets. You buy what you want, or you can afford and you listen to as much as you can. Not sure too many Black Sabbath or Nazareth fans would be buying the Village Green Preservation Society but you never know.
      I will admit two things…. a) yes there is music I have bought in the last year that I haven’t listened to yet, but so what and b) absolutely no-one *NO-ONE* is impressed with any of my “Stuff on a shelf”, not my wife (clutter pile of crap – sell it), not my kids (Dad, who buys this stuff anymore, sad), and none of my friends (oh, turntable, yawn). I buy it for me, it’s no different to stamp collecting or train spotting. It impresses no one but it kinda makes me feel warm. If I can afford it I will buy what I want and won’t feel guilty about it however much the chump Jay, below, feels we should.

      • The Golden Age Of The Kinks says:

        What Chris said ^^^^^

      • Steve says:

        Great post Chris. And boy can I relate. We had the decorators in recently and I was out of town. This meant my better half was in charge of moving quote all my “crap”. Meaning 500 vinyl albums. The day before the work began I received a text from the Mrs: “Why do you have 19 – NINETEEN – copies of Ziggy Stardust”? Some people don’t get it, but hey, I’m harming nobody, I’m not slinging crack or hitting on cocktail waitresses. Like you, I don’t feel guilty about what is I guess an indulgence. I enjoy it. And I cannot wait for this set – plus is saves me about 500 quid as I won’t have to buy the original Scandi’ pressing of this bona fide classic that I have been eyeing up for three years. Win. Win.

  50. jay elliot says:

    I don’t give a shite about these over-expense box sets. I made them as a life-long fan; and they reward us with something the well off can afford, not the working man ray sings about. For crying out load, stop being a greedy capitalist pige and release a DISC of just the unreleased at a reasonable price like $9.95. RAY – working man – bull. I should be allowed to express my opinion and I have. It may not be what you want to hear but wake up and help save this country.

    • Mark Borland says:

      Steady on there Beavis….. Andrew Sandoval has already confirm the decision on formats was BMG’s no his or Ray’s.

    • MARK JACKSON says:

      J.Kane…My sentiments exactly. I have the 3 x cd version. All I want are the extra tracks on this 5 x cd version….I don’t care for the vinyl resurrection, infact I hope it dies a death real soon.

  51. Ron says:

    I only want the 5 CD’s audio material, so the price is too much.

    Can’t all five discs be put on one Blu-ray audio where it will be more affordable?

    • MARK JACKSON says:

      Ron…I just wait up to 6 months or so for some good soul to upload the missing tracks to ‘You Tube’ and then I convert to mp3…Sometimes it never happens!!!……It is sad that I have to resort to this but I would willingly buy the missing tracks if they were released on cd…..I hate combi vinyl cd sets….I gave up collecting vinyl when cds came in.

  52. Gansbarre says:

    FYI, if you order via the official Kinks site https://www.musicglue.com/the-kinks/browse/the-kinks-usa/products/the-kinks-are-the-village-green-preservation-society-super-deluxe-box-set the first 1,000 get an “exclusive 7” of ‘Time Song (2018 Single Mix)’ / ‘Village Green (Alternative Mix)’”

    • Kevin S says:

      The offer also applies to the Sound Of Vinyl and Recordstore (Universal Stores) sites.
      Currently on sale for £104.99

    • cliff says:

      well they didn’t last long – all gone!

    • The Golden Age Of The Kinks says:

      I initially ordered from The Kinks Official site over £137 including shipping but when I emailed them they couldn`t guarantee that I was one of the first 1000 orders to receive the `Time Song` 7″. I cancelled the order, `Time Song` which I love is one of the CDs and have saved £43.

  53. Simon says:

    white album box set, Lennon Imagine album box set, Ronnie Lane box set and cd version of the Humble Pie A & M albums + hopefully Scritti Politti expanded addition – paul would it be useful to have a section that’s forthcoming over the next few months? Would be nice even if they are rumours.

    • Jim Cortez says:

      where have you seen a Ronnie Lane box set? Shindig mentioned it a long time ago but that has since been debunked and I’ve seen nothing else about it? My most wanted over everything else, even the White Album. Thanks

    • Brent says:

      Scritti Politti?? Is this rumor out there? I love Cupid and Provision so much.

  54. madman says:

    Except for the 7″ singles, and possibly the memorabilia, this looks pretty impressive. Can someone shed some light on the “Swedish/Continental” version?

    • Edwin Muller says:

      The original plan was to issue a 20 track double album which was rejected by Pye. A numbers of European countries issued a 12 track version which was almost released in the UK. Ray Davids and Pye rejected this and a 15 track version was issues with some songs on the 12 track version missing. Al zo the 12 track has some different mixed. The 12 track was redrawn and relaxed by the 15 track version.

  55. robert bradshaw says:

    no DVD audio or Bluray ?

  56. Robert Meighan says:

    one of the greatest albums ever made..only gets better with time..ordered.

  57. Gary Fowles says:

    I love this album, but there’s really only so much of it I can take. The three disc version that came out ten years back has everything I could ever need. At the end of the day most bonus cuts are nothing compared to the original LP. Mono and Stereo versions are interesting but not for the umpteenth time. That said it does look nicely put together.

  58. Phil Salter says:

    Looks like October will be as expensive as September!!

  59. Steven Roberts says:

    I do like this album. But….

    – “from the original HD tape transfers”? Do the analog masters not exist anymore?

    – CD5 (the later stuff) seems a bit redundant – the “new song”was recorded how many years after the album?

    – surprised for the money that there is no hi-res included. 5.1 would have been even better (assuming they still have the multi-tracks)

    Looks like another deal alert for me :)

  60. Rare Glam says:

    Promtly pre-ordered, thanks Paul. It’s like the Small Faces Immediate Recordings box pretty 50/50 on vinyl and CD content, it’s a lovely box. So now both this and the Soft Cell giant box sets have come to pass, we’re still waiting on Julian Cope’s and The Teardrop Explodes multi disc Island Years box sets as mooted by Mojo mag earlier this year.

  61. Graham Gardner says:

    Wonderful. Ordered immediately. Thanks Paul.

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