The Kinks The Village Green Preservation Society

The Village Green Preservation Society
88 ratings
Out of Print: Future availability is unknown
Notify Me When Available
Format:  CD
sku:  32WGH
on most orders of $50+
Brand New

Products with a similar style:

CD Details

  • Released: May 15, 1990
  • Originally Released: 1990
  • Label: Reprise / WEA

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - 6/14/69, p.35
"...The bass and drums sound so easy and sure....Such very fine vocals. The tune, the rhythm, are more of a delight with each verse..."
Rolling Stone - p.82
5 stars out of 5 - "Underneath its genteel English whimsy lurk some of Davies' most gorgeous songs, as well as his most astute observations and character studies."
Spin - p.123
"[I]ts back-to-the-English-garden pop, full of harpsichords and faintly ironic la-la-las, is rife with more shiny hooks than a Home Depot hardware aisle."
Q - p.134
4 stars out of 5 - "It deserves a place alongside the decade's best."
Uncut - p.112
5 stars out of 5 - "The songs are informed not by cozy nostalgia but fear and anomie and a plea for safe haven and sanctuary."
Magnet - p.93
"Escapist, pastoral and psychedelic, Davies' vision has never been stronger."
Mojo (Publisher) - pp.114-15
5 stars out of 5 - "The Kinks could, and did, do it all: as their last, late flowering, VGPS uncannily predates today's nostalgia-saturated pop culture at the same time as it transcends it through its charm, generosity and psychological depth."


  • 1.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
  • 8.Animal Farm
  • 9.Village Green
  • 10.Starstruck
  • 11.Phenomenal Cat
  • 12.All Of My Friends Were There
  • 13.Wicked Annabella
  • 14.Monica
  • 15.People Take Pictures Of Each Other

Product Description:

Contains original 15-track mono album as well as 12-track stereo version.
The Kinks: Ray Davies (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Dave Davies (vocals, guitar); Pete Quaife (bass, background vocals); Mick Avory (drums).
Additional personnel: Nicky Hopkins (keyboards); Rasa Davies (background vocals).
Recorded at Pye Studios, London, England. Includes liner notes by Peter Doggett.
It's easy to imagine the confusion with which this manifesto for the defense of the status quo was received on its release in 1968. The world was in turmoil and the pose of the Street Fighting Man, rebellious and politically aware, was far sexier than the quaint homebody image the Kinks present here. The title track finds Ray Davies proudly declaring himself a preservationist of custard pies, vaudeville, and such comic book characters as Desperate Dan. However, these slices of suburban life have weathered a lot better than most of their contemporaries.
The Kinks were working in their own homey little world, as evidenced by songs such as the album's title track, "Picture Book," about family snapshot albums, and "All of My Friends Were There" whose very un-rebellious subject is public embarrassment. To compound the weirdness there's also "Big Sky," a classic Kinks song about God that's not remotely religious, and a rocker about a steam engine. The overarching theme of VILLAGE GREEN is that of unalloyed nostalgia--it's only today, now that many of the things Davies feared would disappear have actually vanished, that the truth and clarity of his vision is apparent.

Music Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:

Customer Rating: Rating 4.8
Based on 88 ratings.
Be the first Music Lover to write an online review of this product!
Get Email Alerts for The Kinks

Product Info

  • UPC: 075992621724
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

To place an order or for customer service, call toll-free 1-800-336-4627 or outside the United States, call 1-610-649-7565
Open Monday-Friday: 8am-11pm, Weekends: 10am-10pm (Eastern Time)
Se habla Español! Spanish-speaking representatives available, Monday-Friday: 9am-4pm (Eastern Time)