THE KINKS – GOLDEN HOUR OF THE KINKS

“Set Me Free”

THE KINKS – “Golden Hour Of The Kinks” (Golden Hour GH-501) October 1971

I didn’t really need to buy any more Kinks records, I have everything they released in the ’60s, mostly on their original pressings. Several CD collections too. But just look at the cover! I bought this from a Washington charity shop simply based on the cover artwork.

This Kinks collection is from 1971, despite the garish psychedelic cover! Someone in Golden Hour’s graphic design department must have still been a Dandy from the Chelsea-Set, dropping his acid at the weekend and drawing his visions Monday to Friday.

There are faults to the vinyl though. There appears to have been something pressed hard on to the surface of the record (possibly a small bead) which has made an indentation. Although the stylus doesn’t jump, there’s clearly some playback problem for a few revolutions.

back cover liners:

Every new year brings forth a fresh crop of pop groups. They arrive on the scene, make – if they’re lucky a mark or two on the charts – and then depart. It certainly isn’t often that they possess the kind of durability that has graced the career of The Kinks.

For here is one group who have proved, beyond any shadow of a doubt their ability to please record buyers and concert audiences alike.

Hit records, sell-out concerts . . . the Kinks have seen it all and what’s more their hit records have been scored on songs that can be listened to long after chart positions have been forgotten. Such is the reputation of a group more than blessed with great talent.

The Kinks are all fine instrumentalists and with the creative force of Ray Davies’ writing to give lyrics a rare perception and music a solid commercial appeal, they’ve written many times over and secured their place forever, in the history book of contemporary pop.

For all who love the best in pop music “The Kinks Greatest Hits” provides much more than just a catalogue of their greatest hits. It also gives an overall insight into the kind of musical talent that many groups would dearly love to possess, but never will.

Side 1
1. Days stereo mix (2:52), recorded May 1968 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
2. Wonderboy stereo mix (2:47), recorded Mar 1968 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
3. Autumn Almanac simulated stereo (3:10), recorded Sep 1967 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
4. Waterloo Sunset stereo mix (3:17), recorded Apr 1967 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
5. Dedicated Follower Of Fashion simulated stereo (2:59), recorded 7 Feb, 1966 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
6. Dead End Street simulated stereo (3:20), recorded probably 22 Oct, 1966 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
7. Set Me Free simulated stereo (2:10), recorded 14 Apr, 1965 at Pye Studios (No. 1), London
8. Sunny Afternoon simulated stereo (3:31), recorded 13 May, 1966 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
9. Till The End Of The Day UK simulated stereo (2:18), recorded 25-30 Oct, 1965 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
10. Sitting On My Sofa simulated stereo (3:03), recorded 29, 30 Dec, 1965 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
   
Side 2
1. Victoria stereo mix (3:38), recorded May-Jun 1969 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
2. A Well Respected Man simulated stereo (2:38), recorded probably 6 Aug, 1965 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
3. You Really Got Me simulated stereo (2:13), recorded mid-Jul 1964 at IBC Studios, London
4. All Day And All Of The Night simulated stereo (2:20), recorded 24 Sep, 1964 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
5. Tired Of Waiting For You simulated stereo (2:30), recorded 17, 18, 24, 25 Aug 1964 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London, with additional guitar overdub at IBC Studios, London in 29 Dec 1964
6. See My Friends simulated stereo (2:44), recorded 3 May, 1965 at Pye Studios (No. 1), London
7. Louie Louie simulated stereo (2:57), recorded 18 Oct, 1964 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
8. Animal Farm stereo mix (3:00), recorded Apr 1968 at Pye Studios (No. 1), London
9. Shangri-la stereo mix (5:18), recorded May-Jun 1969 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
10. Where Have All The Good Times Gone UK simulated stereo (2:48), recorded 25-30 Oct, 1965 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London

charity shop purchase @ £4

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