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The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society box SIGNED edition

Last year’s excellent Kinks box, the 50th anniversary of The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society is now available in very limited numbers SIGNED by Kinks guitar legend Dave Davies!

This box set is the very definition of ‘super deluxe’ version of an album and won plaudits for the scale of the content (it totals 170 tracks) and the quality of the presentation (as well as the three vinyl records, five CDs and three seven-inch singles, it includes a 52-page hardcover book, along with posters and various other items of memorabilia).

100 signed copies of this box set are available exclusively via the SDE shop. You can head over there via this link, or ‘shortcut’ the process by buying directly via this site using the button below (strictly one per customer).

The signed Kinks boxes will ship on 28 June 2019. Full contents/track listing detailed below.

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)

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)

34 responses to The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society box SIGNED edition

  1. Bernard Reynaert says:

    Thanks for this great deal Paul! I assumed that it would be sold out very quickly (which it is now I see) so I bought one straight away. Always loved the Kinks but I knew only the singles. I have the essential Kinks which David Bowie wrote the liner notes for. Just recently I discovered this great album which deserves its place among the great sixties albums next to the likes of Sgt Pepper, Pet Sounds, Blonde on blonde, Let it bleed… Paul do you know how many days it will take the box set to arrive in Belgium?

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Thanks for the purchase, Bernard. I think it’s normally 4-5 working days to somewhere like Belgium. We may end up shipping soon then the 28 June, but I’ll keep everyone posted.

  2. J says:

    Paul
    That is a really great deal!! I wish I was a big Kinks fan. O opted for the Dylan box this month
    J

  3. Steven Roberts says:

    Looks lovely :)

    If only I was a bigger Kinks fan!

  4. andrew R says:

    Can i part ex mine for a signed copy Paul?
    (This is a joke for those with less sense of humour)

  5. Richard Seedhouse says:

    Hi Paul
    is Mr D ‘s signature on the front cover of the box set or on something inside?
    thanks

  6. David Tomlinson says:

    I bought the boxset during the amazon.de 3 for 2 deal. Kind of a holy grail item for me, a very long time Kinks collector. I’d buy a 2nd copy, but I’ve gotten plenty of Dave and Ray’s signatures in person over the last 4 decades, and I’d have to find somebody to buy the first copy. Thanks for this, I hope it makes some Kinks fans happy.

  7. Stewart mcminn says:

    Purchased and happy!!

  8. I love the Kinks! Just curious, why would someone prefer a mono release of any rock-‘n’-roll music?

    • Chris says:

      At the time, stereo masters were usually an afterthought, and even session recordings were done with mono reproduction in mind (including such things as instrument and microphone placement, (un)importance of track separation, EQ, and so on). As a result, while obviously you don’t get stereophonic sound, mono releases of old recordings can be superior to stereo releases created from the same session recordings in a number of ways.

      Eventually, this stopped being true, when recording was done with stereo reproduction first in mind.

    • Larry Davis says:

      Some people prefer mono, even the bands who recorded the stuff, because supposedly, it’s how the music originally was released in the 60s and how it sounded coming out of a car radio…it’s all the elements coming out of 1 speaker, as opposed to certain parts coming out of 2 separate speakers, aka stereo…me, I prefer stereo, but sometimes I like all the elements together in 1 channel, like the first Ramones album, the mono mix…as for this Kinks box, I do want it, but paying off a cruise first…if there are still signed copies available in a month or two, I might swing for it then…

  9. Chris says:

    Dammit. I would have gone for this if it was available when the set first came out!

  10. Chris Squires says:

    It’s a superb box, up there with my favourites like Slade and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. I was lucky enough to pick mine up for £63 from am.de on a 3 for 2 but it’s well worth £125 even without Dave’s scribble.

  11. Mike Hicks says:

    what an absolutely super boxset

  12. David M says:

    This is great, but curious timing. Would think most Kinks fans have already picked this up. I can’t think of buying another copy.

    • Gary says:

      Curious timing indeed David. Personally, it infuriates me when this kind of thing happens. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great opportunity for people to get a great signed set and kudos to SDE, but as a Kinks fan myself I ordered this set as soon as I got a sniff despite having the vinyl in a variety of guises (various mixes and coloured vinyl). Then news surfaced of the additional Time Song in limited quantities and now this. Similar thing happened when I purchased the Belinda Carlisle coloured vinyl collection only to have slightly different coloured versions released individually within a short space of time. Aaaaagghhh,!!!

      • colm47 says:

        I agree with you Gary. Purchased when it first came out.
        Pretty annoying he’s now signed some, why not do that in the first place?

        Same thing happened with the Saint Etienne box set that was available signed in the SDE shop recently. Purchased that one when it came out, without signature.
        Nothing against the SDE shop, good luck to Paul with it.
        Its just very annoying that the signed box sets are turning up months or years after fans already buying them. Fans that probably paid top prices as well and didn’t wait for deals.

        • Paul Sinclair says:

          Just to correct you, the Saint Etienne boxes were both available to pre-order weeks before release, so there was plenty of time to switch if you wanted a signed one rather than that free EP. Not the same as The Kinks.

          • colm47 says:

            Hi Paul

            I was referring to Foxbase Alpha, not Tiger Bay.
            I purchased FBA on original release date so was annoyed when it turns up signed years later.

            Purchased Tiger Bay from their website because I wanted the EP.
            I would have liked a signed copy as well but the band seemed to have decided only to sign your boxes, not the ones from their own website.

            The main point is that Dave has now signed some of the boxes a year after the original release date. Why not do that for the first purchasers? First come first served and all that

          • Paul Sinclair says:

            Oh yeah… fair enough, although it IS two years later, not three months later. Are people who bought this in 1968 justified in being ‘annoyed’ that if they’d waited 50 years they could have got this box instead? People get annoyed when sets they bought are cheaper down the line (Kate Bush), they get annoyed when they are ‘better’ (signed). Any opportunity to be annoyed and it seems some people will take it. It’s all just economics and market forces, which I thought was obvious. My advice is enjoy what you have and don’t look for things to be annoyed by :)

          • Chris Squires says:

            I think Colm is referring to Foxbase Alpha rather than the fabulous Tiger Bay boxset.

            As with absolutely everything in this game it is a bit of luck mixed with some patience, willpower and guesswork. The Belinda Carlisle thing is a good example. There are so many questions we all have to ask ourselves.
            A) do I need it or
            B) do I want it
            C) can I afford it
            D) amazon uk de fr it sp or SDE or local retailer
            E) pre order or wait – will it be sold out before release or will it be hanging around for years. Should I wait for a “deal alert” or will it be gone before then?
            F) will the bits I really want from the box be broken out quite quickly, in decent time or never.
            G) will this supposed limited edition (one time pressing!) suddenly reappear in large numbers 8 months down the line? In the same colours or different.
            H) will there be an incentive to buy to shift the last copies( not just a price drop) not just the recent items in the SDE shop but a few things appear on amazon signed too like the Pretenders box set that had a few hundred signed turn up well after release.
            I) what does limited even mean 300? 500? 1,000? 3,000? 10,000? This number has an effect on most of A-H as things like the Depeche Mode boxes or the U2 boxes would be a different proposition if it were 1,000 rather than what seems like 10,000+ boxes

            So many other things I am sure go through people’s minds. It’s not quite a lottery as we can go on experience and a hunch rather than just luck.
            Allied to all this of course is what we think we can get away with before the Mrs. / Mr. Blows a gasket and puts their foot down.

          • colm47 says:

            Am I entitled to get annoyed at your rather sarcastic reply (at 20.59 below) Paul?

            People pay their hard earned cash for a box set on the original release date because they are fans who want the item there and then.
            They do not expect to see the box set released a few months or years later with a signed edition.

            Pardon me for being a bit peeved, to put it politely.

          • Paul Sinclair says:

            I agree to a degree but not YEARS later…

      • Chris says:

        “Personally, it infuriates me when this kind of thing happens.”

        Sometimes I’m angered by stuff like this, sometimes not. But always, even when I’m angered, I wonder if I should be. After all, what’s really the tangible difference for me between not re-buying this signed release because I already bought this box, and this signed release never being made available? In both cases, I’ve got exactly the same thing — an unsigned copy of the box — and am out no more or less money.

        Would it have been *better* if it had been made available from the start? Sure. But accepting that it wasn’t, what does anyone (including you and me) gain by them simply not releasing signed copies at all? Nothing that I can think of. So they might as well go ahead.

    • AndyB says:

      If one really needs a signed copy, buy it again! Sell your old copy.

      • Graham Thomas says:

        I don’t think this is a forum for anybody to get annoyed about anything really. It’s a bunch of anoraks and nerds (self included) collecting music. Putting out signed versions / colours / different sleeves / boxes / bonus socks is just marketing. Caveat emptor. Keep up the great work Paul, from a very happy daily visitor.

        • Chris Squires says:

          Now bonus socks would be superb, I did have a pair of Mike Oldfield Five Miles Out wrist bands in 1982 and that made me look so cool at school…according to me and no one else at all.

          It would be amusing though if all socks were only ever black. Yellow socks to match yellow vinyl would be a step too far.

          • RJS says:

            “Now bonus socks would be superb”

            I think Graham was referencing Elvis Costello’s latest release. Green vinyl with matching green socks.

          • Graham Thomas says:

            Correct RJS
            Didn’t buy that either, big fan though I be.

  13. Joe Gorelick says:

    purchased!!!! happily!

  14. Robert Laversuch says:

    Got this last year with the 3for2 Saturn/Amazon deal. Awesome value for money made even better now by Dave’s signature. Cool poster and accompanying book as well. Don’t hesitate. And the thing weighs a ton.

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