The Kinks celebrates 50th anniversary of "Village Green Preservation Society" with a new box set

new music 16/08/2018

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of "The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society", The Kinks will be releasing a unique five-disc box set due for release this 26th Oct.

Ray Davies states that "The Village Green Preservation Society is about the ending of a time personally for me in my life." It represents the end of innocence and youth. "Some people are quite old but in the Village Green, you're never allowed to grow up. I feel the project itself as part of a life cycle," Davies continues.

The box set will be available in a super deluxe edition featuring stereo and mono remasters from the original high definition tape transfers. It will also contain singles, B-sides, bonus tracks on the first two discs and a documentary of the recording sessions on the third disc covering alternated versions, mixes and backing tracks. The fourth disc will contain concerts and interviews from BBC while the last disc features demos and recordings from The Kinks' mid-70s concept albums.

The super deluxe box set will also include a 7 inch picture sleeve singles, a 52-page hardback photo book and plenty of memoribilia.

Listen to one of their never-heard-before track "Time Song" below.

Davies reveals that "Time Song" is a track with themes that are still relevant to the Brexit era. Davies decided to use this song to warn people that "time was running out for the old British Empire" when they performed at Drury Lane in 1973 to 'celebrate' the union of Common Market. "This song was recorded a few weeks later but never made the final cut on the Preservation Act I album. Oddly enough, the song seems quite poignant and appropriate to release at this time in British history, and like Europe itself the track is a rough mix which still has to be finessed," he says.

The box set will be available on 180gm vinyl and five other CD bundles. You can pre-order them here.