November 22nd will mark the 50th anniversary of the Kinks’ notable and flawless 1968 studio album, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society. To this day, it is considered one of the greatest albums of all time and most respected albums in the Kinks’ catalog.
On Wednesday (Aug. 15), the Kinks have announced a 50th anniversary edition box set of the noteworthy album to be released on Oct. 26th.
In a press release, frontman, Ray Davies, said, “I think The Village Green Preservation Society is about the ending of a time personally for me in my life.”
Davies later said, “In my imaginary village. It’s the end of our innocence, our 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.”
In honor of the anniversary, the Kinks have shared an unreleased track from 1968, called “Time Song” which will be included in the deluxe box set, mixed by Davies himself.
In spite of never being released, the Kinks performed the song at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 1973, in respect of Britain’s entry into the Common Market.
Davies said, “When we played a concert at Drury Lane in ’73 to ‘celebrate’ us about to join what was called The Common Market, I decided to use the song as a warning that time was running out for the old British Empire.”
Davies later said, “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.”
The single version will be available as a limited edition 7” single exclusively with pre-orders of the box set.
Also to celebrate the reissued release, there will be an exhibition celebrating all things Kinks-related. Titled “The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society,” the exhibition will kick off on October 4th and run until November 18th, 2018 at Proud Central in London.
Seen as the pinnacle point of the Kinks’ career and Ray Davies’ songwriting, the The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society is considered the group’s Sgt. Pepper. However, it was not at all a commercial success for the group. Upon its release, it failed to chart and nearly went unnoticed, but later developed a cult following.
Remember though, the group were banned in the United States from touring from 1965-1969 by the trade union, American Federation of Musicians. It was all due to a fight between guitarist, Dave Davies and drummer, Mick Avory and another fight with a guy who apparently worked for a TV company backstage during The Dick Clark show. It is sad too because they recorded some of the greatest albums of all time between that period, but without touring in the states and gaining recognition like many of their contemporaries did, they would never achieve the success they deserved.
Avory, Ray and Dave Davies have had a traditional and long lasting split between one another, but the frontman says that they are all on board for the reunion and to record new music. Let’s just hope there is no more bad blood between the old blokes.