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The Kinks: Sunny Afternoon: The Very Best of

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A double-disc compilation designed to accompany the 2015 stage musical of the same name, Sunny Afternoon: The Very Best of the Kinks doesn't deliver quite as much as its double-disc length would suggest. About halfway through the second disc, the comp slides into BBC sessions accompanied by interview tracks (there's also a U.S. interview included for good measure), the kind of archival excavation that is only of interest to hardcore fans who already own the 38 songs featured here several times over. For the less dedicated, this is a road bump on what's otherwise a pretty good march through the band's '60s standards. All the hits are here, presented not in chronological order but following the arc of the play, so it winds up being a good snapshot of the band at their prime. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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