The Kinks ‘The Great Lost Kinks Album’

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Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Groovy Movies” by The Kinks

The Great Lost Kinks Album isn’t really The Great Lost Kinks Album.

That distinction goes to Reprise Records RS-6309 which would have been released in late 1967 or early 1968 as Four More Respected Gentlemen. But for reasons unknown, that record was never released and ultimately its best tracks finally saw the light of day on The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society, and judging by the quality of that platter, we can all be thankful that The Great Lost Kinks Album never materialized anyway. You follow?

By 1971, The Kinks jumped ship to RCA Records and released the also wonderful Muswell Hillbillies album, while still owing their old label Reprise two more records. The first of the contractual agreement records was the superb and super necessary two record set known as The Kink Kronikles that featured many Kinks’ hits, should-have-been-hits and numerous necessary rarities that Kinks fans were grateful to wrap their ears around.

The second contractual album was the fourteen track, rarity filled Great Lost Kinks Album that featured songs recorded between 1966 and 1970, and was released on Reprise in 1973. On it were songs written for a British TV show (“When I Turn Off The Living Room Light” (one of Raymond Douglas Davies finest) and “Where Did The Spring Go?” from Where Was Spring? ), a film soundtrack (“Till Death Do Us Part” from the film adaptation of the TV show of the same name), a British single (“Plastic Man”), a B-side (“I’m Not Like Everybody Else”), lots of album outtakes including off cuts from Something Else (“Lavender Hill” and “Rosemary Rose) and Village Green (“Misty Waters” and “Mr. Songbird), plus several Dave Davies tracks that were recorded for his ill-fated never released solo record including (“There Is No Life Without Love,” “This Man He Weeps Tonight” and today’s Song Of The Day, “Groovy Movies.”)

“Groovy Movies” is very much a product of its time with its swinging arrangement, colloquial lyrics and driving horn arrangement. And as for the sadly out of print Great Lost Kinks Album, Kink kastoffs like the ones included within are way better than most groups’ keepers.

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Track listing

All songs written and composed by Ray Davies, except where noted.

Side One

  1. “Til Death Do Us Part[Release 1]” (mono) 3:12
  2. “There Is No Life Without Love[Release 2]” (mono) Dave Davies/Ray Davies 1:55
  3. “Lavender Hill[Release 3]” (mono) 2:53
  4. “Groovy Movies[Release 3]” (stereo) 2:30
  5. “Rosemary Rose[Release 3]” (mono) 1:43
  6. “Misty Water[Release 3]” (stereo) 3:01
  7. “Mister Songbird[Release 3]” (stereo) 2:24

Side Two

  1. “When I Turn off the Living Room Light[Release 4]” (mono) 2:17
  2. “The Way Love Used to Be[Release 5]” (stereo) 2:11
  3. “I’m Not Like Everybody Else[Release 2]” (mono) 3:29
  4. “Plastic Man[Release 6]” (mono) 3:00
  5. “This Man He Weeps Tonight[Release 6]” (stereo) Dave Davies 2:38
  6. “Pictures in the Sand[Release 1]” (mono) 2:45
  7. “Where Did the Spring Go?[Release 3]” (mono) 2:10

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