The Kinks: The Kinks at the BBC

Audio Samples

>You Really Got Me [Live at the Playhouse Theatre, September 1964]
>Cadillac [Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1964]
>Little Queenie [Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1964]
>All Day and All of the Night [Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1964]
>I'm a Lover Not a Fighter [Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1964]
>I've Got That Feeling [Live at Piccadilly Studios, 1964]
>You Shouldn't Be Sad [Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1965]
>Tired of Waiting for You [Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1965]
>Everybody's Gonna Be Happy [Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1965]
>This Strange Effect [Live at Aeolian Hall, 1965]
>See My Friends [Live at Aeolian Hall, 1965]
>Hide and Seek [Live at Aeolian Hall, 1965]
>Milk Cow Blues [Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1965]
>Never Met a Girl Like You Before [Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1965]
>Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight [Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1965]
>Till the End of the Day [Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1965]
>Well Respected Man [Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1965], A
>Where Have All the Good Times Gone? [Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1965]
>Death of a Clown [Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1967]
>Good Luck Charm [Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1967]
>Sunny Afternoon [Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1967]
>Harry Rag [Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1967]
>Mr. Pleasant [Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1967]
>Susannah's Still Alive [Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1967]
>David Watts [Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1967]
>Waterloo Sunset [Live at BBC Piccadilly Studios, 1968]
>Days [Live at BBC Piccadilly Studios, 1968]
>Love Me Till the Sun Shines [Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1968]
>Monica [Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1968]
>Village Green Preservation Society [Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1968], The
>Where Did My Spring Go? [Live at the Riverside Studios, 1969]
>When I Turn Off the Living Room Lights [Live at the Riverside Studios, 1969]
>Mindless Child of Motherhood [Live at the Aeolian Hall,1970]
>Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues [Live at Kensington House, 1972]
>Holiday [Live at Kensington House, 1972]
>Skin and Bone [Live at Kensington House, 1972]
>Supersonic Rocket Ship [Live at Kensington House, 1972]
>Demolition [Live at Langham Studios, 1974]
>Mirror of Love [Live at Langham Studios, 1974]
>Money Talks [Live at Langham Studios, 1974]
>Victoria [In Concert at The Hippodrome Theatre, 1974]
>Here Comes Yet Another Day [In Concert at the Hippodrome Theatre, 1974]
>Dedicated Follower of Fashion [In Concert at the Hippodrome Theatre, 1974]
>Celluloid Heroes [In Concert at the Hippodrome Theatre, 1974]
>Daylight [In Concert at the Hippodrome Theatre, 1974]
>Here Comes Flash [In Concert at the Hippodrome Theatre, 1974]
>He's Evil [In Concert at the Hippodrome Theatre, 1974]
>Lola [In Concert at the Hippodrome Theatre, 1974]
>Sleepwalker [The Kinks Christmas Concert, 1977]
>Life on the Road [The Kinks Christmas Concert, 1977]
>Slum Kids [The Kinks Christmas Concert, 1977]
>Get Back in the Line [The Kinks Christmas Concert, 1977]
>Hard Way [The Kinks Christmas Concert, 1977], The
>Alcohol [The Kinks Christmas Concert, 1977]

Track List

>You Really Got Me [Live at the Playhouse Theatre, September 1964]
>Cadillac [Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1964]
>Little Queenie [Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1964]
>All Day and All of the Night [Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1964]
>I'm a Lover Not a Fighter [Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1964]
>I've Got That Feeling [Live at Piccadilly Studios, 1964]
>You Shouldn't Be Sad [Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1965]
>Tired of Waiting for You [Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1965]
>Everybody's Gonna Be Happy [Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1965]
>This Strange Effect [Live at Aeolian Hall, 1965]
>See My Friends [Live at Aeolian Hall, 1965]
>Hide and Seek [Live at Aeolian Hall, 1965]
>Milk Cow Blues [Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1965]
>Never Met a Girl Like You Before [Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1965]
>Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight [Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1965]
>Till the End of the Day [Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1965]
>Well Respected Man [Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1965], A
>Where Have All the Good Times Gone? [Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1965]
>Death of a Clown [Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1967]
>Good Luck Charm [Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1967]
>Sunny Afternoon [Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1967]
>Harry Rag [Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1967]
>Mr. Pleasant [Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1967]
>Susannah's Still Alive [Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1967]
>David Watts [Live at Maida Vale Studios, 1967]
>Waterloo Sunset [Live at BBC Piccadilly Studios, 1968]
>Days [Live at BBC Piccadilly Studios, 1968]
>Love Me Till the Sun Shines [Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1968]
>Monica [Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1968]
>Village Green Preservation Society [Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1968], The
>Where Did My Spring Go? [Live at the Riverside Studios, 1969]
>When I Turn Off the Living Room Lights [Live at the Riverside Studios, 1969]
>Mindless Child of Motherhood [Live at the Aeolian Hall,1970]
>Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues [Live at Kensington House, 1972]
>Holiday [Live at Kensington House, 1972]
>Skin and Bone [Live at Kensington House, 1972]
>Supersonic Rocket Ship [Live at Kensington House, 1972]
>Demolition [Live at Langham Studios, 1974]
>Mirror of Love [Live at Langham Studios, 1974]
>Money Talks [Live at Langham Studios, 1974]
>Victoria [In Concert at The Hippodrome Theatre, 1974]
>Here Comes Yet Another Day [In Concert at the Hippodrome Theatre, 1974]
>Dedicated Follower of Fashion [In Concert at the Hippodrome Theatre, 1974]
>Celluloid Heroes [In Concert at the Hippodrome Theatre, 1974]
>Daylight [In Concert at the Hippodrome Theatre, 1974]
>Here Comes Flash [In Concert at the Hippodrome Theatre, 1974]
>He's Evil [In Concert at the Hippodrome Theatre, 1974]
>Lola [In Concert at the Hippodrome Theatre, 1974]
>Sleepwalker [The Kinks Christmas Concert, 1977]
>Life on the Road [The Kinks Christmas Concert, 1977]
>Slum Kids [The Kinks Christmas Concert, 1977]
>Get Back in the Line [The Kinks Christmas Concert, 1977]
>Hard Way [The Kinks Christmas Concert, 1977], The
>Alcohol [The Kinks Christmas Concert, 1977]

Album Reviews:

Mojo (Publisher) (p.103) - 4 stars outs of 5 -- "[T]hese radio sessions and TV appearances present a unique, accelerated Kinks history."

Album Notes

Personnel: Dave Davies (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Ray Davies (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica, piano); John Gosling (keyboards); Peter Quaife (bass guitar, background vocals); Andy Pyle, John Dalton (bass guitar); Mick Avory (drums).

Audio Remasterers: Dan Hersch; Andrew Sandoval.

Liner Note Author: Peter Doggett.

Recording information: BBC Aeolian Hall, London (01/28/1969); BBC Maida Vale Studios, London (01/28/1969); BBC Piccadilly Studio, London (01/28/1969); Langham Studios, London (01/28/1969); Maida Vale Studio, London (01/28/1969); Piccadilly Studio, London (01/28/1969); Riverside Studios, London (01/28/1969); Studio T1, London (01/28/1969); The Aeolian Hall, London (01/28/1969); The Hippodrom Theatre, London (01/28/1969); The Playhouse Theatre, London (01/28/1969); The Rainbow Theatre, London (01/28/1969); BBC Aeolian Hall, London (02/04/1969); BBC Maida Vale Studios, London (02/04/1969); BBC Piccadilly Studio, London (02/04/1969); Langham Studios, London (02/04/1969); Maida Vale Studio, London (02/04/1969); Piccadilly Studio, London (02/04/1969); Riverside Studios, London (02/04/1969); Studio T1, London (02/04/1969); The Aeolian Hall, London (02/04/1969); The Hippodrom Theatre, London (02/04/1969); The Playhouse Theatre, London (02/04/1969); The Rainbow Theatre, London (02/04/1969); BBC Aeolian Hall, London (04/20/1965); BBC Maida Vale Studios, London (04/20/1965); BBC Piccadilly Studio, London (04/20/1965); Langham Studios, London (04/20/1965); Maida Vale Studio, London (04/20/1965); Piccadilly Studio, London (04/20/1965); Riverside Studios, London (04/20/1965); Studio T1, London (04/20/1965); The Aeolian Hall, London (04/20/1965); The Hippodrom Theatre, London (04/20/1965); The Playhouse Theatre, London (04/20/1965); The Rainbow Theatre, London (04/20/1965); BBC Aeolian Hall, London (05/05/1972); BBC Maida Vale Studios, London (05/05/1972); BBC Piccadilly Studio, London (05/05/1972); Langham Studios, London (05/05/1972); Maida Vale Studio, London (05/05/1972); Piccadilly Studio, London (05/05/1972); Riverside Studios, London (05/05/1972); Studio T1, London (05/05/1972); The Aeolian Hall, London (05/05/1972); The Hippodrom Theatre, London (05/05/1972); The Playhouse Theatre, London (05/05/1972); The Rainbow Theatre, London (05/05/1972); BBC Aeolian Hall, London (05/18/1970); BBC Maida Vale Studios, London (05/18/1970); BBC Piccadilly Studio, London (05/18/1970); Langham Studios, London (05/18/1970); Maida Vale Studio, London (05/18/1970); Piccadilly Studio, London (05/18/1970); Riverside Studios, London (05/18/1970); Studio T1, London (05/18/1970); The Aeolian Hall, London (05/18/1970); The Hippodrom Theatre, London (05/18/1970); The Playhouse Theatre, London (05/18/1970); The Rainbow Theatre, London (05/18/1970); BBC Aeolian Hall, London (06/06/1974); BBC Maida Vale Studios, London (06/06/1974); BBC Piccadilly Studio, London (06/06/1974); Langham Studios, London (06/06/1974); Maida Vale Studio, London (06/06/1974); Piccadilly Studio, London (06/06/1974); Riverside Studios, London (06/06/1974); Studio T1, London (06/06/1974); The Aeolian Hall, London (06/06/1974); The Hippodrom Theatre, London (06/06/1974); The Playhouse Theatre, London (06/06/1974); The Rainbow Theatre, London (06/06/1974); BBC Aeolian Hall, London (07/01/1968); BBC Maida Vale Studios, London (07/01/1968); BBC Piccadilly Studio, London (07/01/1968); Langham Studios, London (07/01/1968); Maida Vale Studio, London (07/01/1968); Piccadilly Studio, London (07/01/1968); Riverside Studios, London (07/01/1968); Studio T1, London (07/01/1968); The Aeolian Hall, London (07/01/1968); The Hippodrom Theatre, London (07/01/1968); The Playhouse Theatre, London (07/01/1968); The Rainbow Theatre, London (07/01/1968); BBC Aeolian Hall, London (07/09/1968); BBC Maida Vale Studios, London (07/09/1968); BBC Piccadilly Studio, London (07/09/1968); Langham Studios, London (07/09/1968); Maida Vale Studio, London (07/09/1968); Piccadilly Studio, London (07/09/1968); Riverside Studios, London (07/09/1968); Studio T1, London (07/09/1968); The Aeolian Hall, London (07/09/1968); The Hippodrom Theatre, London (07/09/1968); The Playhouse Theatre, London (07/09/1968); The Rainbow Theatre, London (07/09/1968); BBC Aeolian Hall, London (07/14/1974); BBC Maida Vale Studios, London (07/14/1974); BBC Piccadilly Studio, London (07/14/1974).

Photographer: Dezo Hoffman.

The early days of the Kinks saw a band run ragged by the onset of newfound superstardom. The Kinks hit the ground running at an exhausting pace in 1964, with a relentless schedule of touring, recording, and various on-air interviews and performances that would keep them in the charts and jet-lagged until an eventual slowing down into the '70s and '80s. Pared down from a six-volume set that collects every known recording from the BBC archives that the band ever did, The Kinks at the BBC focuses on peak years 1964 through 1977, still cramming in 54 tracks, but leaving the band's less inspired material from the '80s and a wealth of poor-quality bootleg recordings to the absolute completists. The incredible thing about this collection is the time-spanning portrait it paints of not only the Kinks, but the landscape of music and culture they partially represented as the British Invasion gave way to the Summer of Love and then on into even more undefined times. Beginning predictably with raucous live versions of early hits like "All Day and All of the Night" and "You Really Got Me," the set quickly finds the band moving into less beat group waters and Ray Davies' songwriting maturing at an accelerated rate with timeless classics like "Waterloo Sunset" and "Victoria." Top of the Pops performances offer a rougher live take on the band's often polished studio sound. Dave Davies' hard rock-leaning "Mindless Child of Motherhood" sees a rearrangement heavy on acoustic guitar, which unexpectedly works well in the live setting. Conversely, a couple of understandably non-album tracks from the Village Green Preservation Society days like "When I Turn Off the Living Room Lights" drag the quality of the set down, as does a selection of out-and-out bad tunes from a phoned-in 1977 Christmas concert. Much like their greater body of work, The Kinks at the BBC rides a relative hot streak for the majority of the set, with uninspired songwriting shifts taking over in the mid-'70s, but still producing the occasional gem. This collection ultimately serves as a chronology of an incredibly important band as it phases through the good, bad, and ugly of an unprecedented run of magical songs in every era. ~ Fred Thomas



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