The Kinks: The Kinks Are The Village Preservation Society

The Kinks: The Kinks Are The Village Preservation Society

Album #58

Episode date - August 30, 2017

The Alternative Top 40

    While The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Who and any number of British bands enjoyed huge success in America, the Kinks languished.

    Banned from touring – with no specific explanation – they couldn’t promote their albums with live shows, so their music went virtually unheard, which is nearly criminal, considering just how great the albums were. “Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society” surely ranks among the best albums of the late ‘60s, and yet it never even charted on Billboard’s Top 200 albums, although now it often ranks as one of best 200 albums of all time!

    Perhaps another reason Americans shunned this record was the subject matter. Since the band was more or less forced to remain in England, their songwriting conveyed a distinctly British perspective, lending the album the continuity of a ‘theme’ album. In a time of political upheaval and social disruption, “Village Green” was decidedly out of step with the times, conveying a love for a simpler way of living.

    Featured tracks include;

    The Village Green Preservation Society

    Do You Remember Walter?

    Picture Book

    Johnny Thunder

    Last of the Steam Powered Trains

    Big Sky

    Sitting By the Riverside

    Animal Farm

    Village Green


     Phenomenal Cat

     All of My Friends Were There

     Wicked Annabella


     People Take Pictures of Each Other

    November 1968 - Billboard Did Not Chart

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