The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society is the sixth studio album by the English rock group the Kinks, released in November 1968. It was the last album by the original quartet (Ray Davies, Dave Davies, Pete Quaife, Mick Avory), as bassist Pete Quaife left the group in early 1969. A collection of vignettes of English life, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society was assembled from songs written and recorded over the previous two years.
Although the record is widely considered one of the most influential and important works by the Kinks, it failed to chart upon release, selling about 100,000 copies. In 2003 the album was ranked number 255 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
LPs: Gatefold 2LP featuring original album new stereo remaster and new mono remaster. Original artwork faithfully reproduced in high resolution Continental (Swedish) original, 12 track version of the LP
CD1: 2018 Stereo Remaster (Andrew Sandoval, from original HD tape transfers) + bonus tracks including singles, B-sides & alternate mixes
CD2: 2018 Mono Remaster (Andrew Sandoval, from original HD tape transfers) + bonus tracks including singles, B-sides & alternate mixes
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’
7” PICTURE SLEEVE SINGLES: Days / She’s Got Everything (1968). Starstruck / Picture Book (1968). The Village Green Preservation Society / Do You Remember Walter? (1969)
BOOK: Deluxe, beautifully produced, 52-page hardback photo book with extensive sleeve notes and new band interviews, essays from Pete Townshend and other writers, plus rare and unseen Kinks Village Green related photos and imagery
MEMORABILIA: Poster of Village Green LP inner gatefold; Empire Liverpool 1968 tour poster; glossy 10” x 8” photos from Hampstead Heath 1968 photoshoot; Bournemouth 1968 gig ticket; PYE Records promo card; ‘Days’ sheet music
1. The Village Green Preservation Society
2. Do You Remember Walter?
3. Picture Book
4. Johnny Thunder”
5. Last of the Steam-Powered Trains
6. Big Sky
7. Sitting by the Riverside
1. Animal Farm
2. Village Green
4. Phenomenal Cat
5. All of My Friends Were There
6. Wicked Annabella
8. People Take Pictures of Each Other