Lead guitarist Dave Davies offers commentary on a number of the Kinks most well known songs on this documentary that contains a wealth of little-seen footage of the band performing. In addition to anecdotes from other members of the band, the filmmakers include snippets of "You Really Got Me," "Waterloo Sunset," "Celluloid Heroes," and "Lola." Although they weren't as boldly innovative as the Beatles or as popular as the Rolling Stones or the Who, the Kinks were one of the most influential bands of the British Invasion. Like most bands of their era, the Kinks began as an R&B/blues outfit. Within four years, the band had become the most staunchly English of all their contemporaries, drawing heavily from British music hall and traditional pop, as well as incorporating elements of country, folk, and blues.
Originally released as a double-album set in 1986, just after the Kinks had their last run at chart success, Come Dancing With the Kinks (The Best of the Kinks 1977-1986) does an excellent job of summarizing their stadium rock and AOR radio favorites on Arista. It leaves no single or radio favorite behind, while adding such terrific obscurities as "Long Distance" (originally only released as a bonus track on the State of Confusion cassette; the early '80s were a completely different world than the late '80s)…
This 1984 album came near the end of The Kinks tenure with the Arista label. Though the band had enjoyed some of the greatest commercial success of their career on Arista, 'Word Of Mouth' sank with nary a trace upon release. Ironically, the record is now quite clearly seen as their finest work of the decade. For the most part, 'Word Of Mouth' is toned down from the volume and pace of its predecessors (State of confusion, Give The People What They Want), and there's a calm and quiet that pervades the whole album. This actually stands in marked contrast to the tumult and chaos the band was in the midst at the time this was recorded.
UK compilation from the British Rock legends featuring 20 of their classic '60s hits for the Pye label. Includes 'You Really Got Me', 'All Day And All Of The Night', 'Tired Of Waiting For You', 'Till The End Of The Day', 'Dedicated Follower Of Fashion', 'Lola', 'Victoria' and many others.