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Number 246

The Kinks - The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (Pye NPL 18233)

Over the years since the Kinks dominated the British singles charts with one hit record after another, Ray Davies, the band's chief songwriter has taken on the role of the quintessential English pop poet laureate, producing a prolific repertoire of songs that capture the very spirit of Englishness, with songs that talk about leaky kitchen sinks, Sunday joints of bread and honey and rent collectors knocking at the door and trying to get in. The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society captured further the essence of typical English life with a series of vignettes that not only celebrate all things English, but also lament the passing of time and the destruction of traditions. Nostalgic at its core, the album not only marks the passing of an era but also the end of the original band, with the LP being the last album to feature all four original members of Ray Davies, Dave Davies, Pete Quaife and Mick Avory.