June 24, 2010 – 11:08 am

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The Songs We Sang For Auntie [Meerkur, 3CD]

BBC sessions outtakes and live tracks 1964-1994.

If Hency Purcell is the quintessential composer of English classical music, then The Kinks, led by brothers Ray and Dave Davies, can be seen as the quintessential pop/rock group of working class English music (circa the second half of the ’60s). Broadly speaking, that is.

For a start, Kinks’ music is quite descriptive - even without looking at the lyrics, one can imagine what the English environment was like - from dance hall to jazz to rock ‘n’ roll; it could be pastoral-sounding (anymore idyllic and Sunny Afternoon would be a snooze) or full-fledged agit-pop (class difference in David Watts, also covered by The Jam).

And when you add in the lyrics, it’s all quite clever and pointed, really. After all, one must have a sense of humour (above all else) to work in The Scarlet Pimpernel into Dedicated Follower Of Fashion (”They seek him here, they seek him there”). And who else would devote an album to country life and culture (The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society); or a paean to times past (Arthur - Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)?

But Ray Davies and The Kinks are not mired in nostalgia. Ray has a caustic eye and sees society’s ills. For example, in Mr Pleasant, making it means a 24-inch TV but success comes with a price - the wife’s a flirt when the man works late. As Bill Glahn, editor of Live! Music Review, writes in his article, Davies & Dickens, “Davies’ work targets systemic problems in our society… Davies’ work offers no cure-alls for society. In fact, he often sounds as confused as the rest of us. But he does offer a starting point.”

The Songs We Sang For Auntie was the title of the Kinks official BBC sessions album but it was abandoned. Now the fans have appropriated it. But fans can still get the official BBC Sessions 1964-1977 (Sactuary Records). Treat this three-CD set as a companion piece.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Disc 1

Track 101. You Really Got Me (Playhouse Theatre 9-7-64) (2.9MB)
Track 102. Got Love If You Want It (Beat Room 10-1-64) (5.9MB)
Track 103. Hide & Seek (Aeolian Hall, studio 1 8-6-65; wr. Winley & Byrd) (3.1MB)
Track 104. Never Met A Girl Like You Before (Playhouse Theatre 8-10-65) (2.7MB)
Track 105. Milk Cow Blues (Playhouse Theatre 8-10-65; wr. Estes) (5.0MB)
Track 106. Got My Feet On The Ground (Playhouse Theatre 8-10-65) (3.0MB)
Track 107. A Well Respected Man (Playhouse Theatre 12-13-65) (3.5MB)
Track 108. I Am Free (Playhouse Theatre 12-13-65; wr. D. Davies) (2.5MB)
Track 109. Love Me Till Ther Sun Shines (Maida Vale Studio 4 8-4-67) (3.1MB)
Track 110. Sunny Afternoon (Maida Vale Studio 4 10-25-67) (3.6MB)
Track 111. Autumn Almanac (Maida Vale Studio 4 10-25-67) (3.9MB)
Track 112. Mr. Pleasant (Maida Vale Studio 4 10-25-67 (3.7MB)
Track 113. Susannah’s Still Alive (Maida Vale Studio 4 10-25-67) (3.3MB)
Track 114. David Watts (Maida Vale Studio 4 10-25-67) (2.9MB)
Track 115. Victoria (Camden Theatre 12-18-69) (4.4MB)
Track 116. Mr. Churchill Says (Camden Theatre 12-18-69) (5.0MB)
Track 117. The Moneygoround (1970) (2.3MB)
Track 118. Marathon (March 1970 - BBC TV) (2.3MB)
Track 119. Got To Be Free (March 1970 - BBC TV) (2.9MB)
Track 120. Mirror Of Love (Langham Studio 1 6-6-74) (4.5MB)

Disc 2

Hippodrome Theatre 7-14-74:
Track 201. Mr. Wonderful (Bock; Hollecefner; Weiss) (1.0MB)
Track 202. Dedicated Follower Of Fashion (2.7MB)
Track 203. Daylight (4.2MB)
Track 204. Here Comes Flash (4.3MB)
Track 205. Demolition (6.1MB)
Track 206. He’s Evil (5.3MB)
Track 207. Lola (6.5MB)

Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park 12-24-77:
Track 208. Juke Box Music (6.2MB)
Track 209. Sleepwalker (5.8MB)
Track 210. Life On The Road (8.3MB)
Track 211. Well respected Man/Death Of A Clown (R. Davies; D. Davies) (3.7MB)
Track 212. Sunny Afternoon (2.3MB)
Track 213. Waterloo Sunset (4.0MB)
Track 214. All Day & All Of The Night (3.9MB)
Track 215. Slum Kids (7.0MB)
Track 216. Celluloid Heroes (7.3MB)
Track 217. The Hard Way (4.2MB)
Track 218. Lola (6.2MB)
Track 219. Alcohol (7.6MB)
Track 220. Skin & Bones/Roll Dem Bones (trad) (4.8MB)
Track 221. You Really Got Me (4.7MB)
Track 222. Father Christmas (3.4MB)

Disc 3

The Late Show 3-25-93:
Track 301. Scattered (5.1MB)
Track 302. Days (4.3MB)

Later With Jools Holland 6-18-94:
Track 303. Over The Edge (6.2MB)
Track 304. The Informer (5.3MB)

Maida Vale Studios 1-7-94 (without Dave Davies; with “Jacko” on guitar):
Track 305. Phobia (7.5MB)
Track 306. Over The Edge (5.7MB)
Track 307. Wall Of Fire (7.1MB)
Track 308. Til The End Of The Day (3.7MB)

Maida Vale Studios 10-7-94:
Track 309. All Day & All Of The Night (9.6MB)
Track 310. Waterloo Sunset (5.8MB)
Track 311. I’m Not Like Everybody Else (7.1MB)
Track 312. Til The End Of The Day (4.1MB)
Track 313. You Really Got Me (3.3MB)

Click on the link to order The Kinks’ BBC Sessions 1964-1977.

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Update June 25, 2010


June 25, 2010 - Peter Quaife, the original bass player for The Kinks, has died at the age of 66. Quaife was with the band from 1963 to 1969 and played on the bands biggest hits including ‘You Really Got Me’ and ‘Waterloo Sunset’.

He only ever rejoined the band once for a public show in Ontario in 1981 and that was only for the encore. He last played with The Kinks on stage when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

When there was word of a possibly Kinks reunion a few years ago, Quiafe said he would never do it. The cause of death has not been revealed although it is known that Peter suffered from kidney disease for the past decade. - Paul Cashmere

  1. 22 Responses to “AND NOW… FOR SOMETHING KINKY”


    By Snake Rock on Jun 24, 2010

  3. Hey guys! This is my first mail for ages and ages!
    Thanks a million for all the great stuff in here, the articles, the music, the humor, not to mention some good spiritual guidance as well.
    I’ve lost touch with Auntie, so I’ll try for the Kinks boot in here…?!

    Thanks again & more… no less,

    By Serge on Jun 25, 2010

  4. Love the Kinks!! Thanks. Any chance for “The Great Lost Kinks Album”?

    By Rick D on Jun 25, 2010

  5. Great Stuff!Thanks!!!!!

    By Udo on Jun 25, 2010

  6. Sadly well timed with the news today of the death of Kinks bassist Pete Quaife…

    By James R on Jun 25, 2010

  7. Saddened too by the passing of Pete Quaife…

    By Serge Zéni on Jun 25, 2010

  8. RIP, Peter.

    By Alberto on Jun 26, 2010

  9. I heard the news of Pete’s passing while leaving the St. James Theater on Broadway, NYC on Friday night. My daughter, Claire, and I had just seen “American Idiot”, which we loved, for her 14th birthday present. On the ride home, we talked about the similarity between the Kinks music of the 60’s and Green Day’s work in the 21st century. We listened to songs from “Lola versus Powerman and the Money Go Round” off my mp3 player, followed by a couple of songs from “21st Century Breakdown”. Pete, Ray, Dave and Mick influenced every power pop and punk band. Their influence will live forever. God Save Claire. God Save Pete Quaife. God Save The Kinks!

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Jun 28, 2010

  10. WOW!! Thank you, thank you, thank you. I haven’t listend to much, but the Maida Vale Studios 10-7-94 tracks are just GREAT!!!!!! I’m a long time 46+ years, I’ve got almost everything they have ever recorded, but not most of this. Fantastic.
    On a sad note, RIP Pete Quaife. I was holding out hope for an original Kinks reunion, but not any more.

    By Ed on Jun 28, 2010

  11. You wrote that “You Really Got Me” (Playhouse Theatre 7.Sept.1964) is to find on the regular “BBC-Sessions-CD” but on the BBC-Sessions there is YRGM live at the Playhouse Theatre on 30.Oct.1964.
    Also you wrote that “Victoria” (Camden Thatre 18.Dec.69) is to find on the BBC-Sessions too, but “Victoria” on the BBC-Sessions is from a concert at the Hippodrome on 14.July 1974.
    So you could give us the two missed songs.

    By Adi Kuhlmann on Jun 28, 2010

  12. Hello Adi
    Thanks for your comments. The two tracks have been reinstated. Enjoy!

    By bigozine2 on Jun 29, 2010

  13. thank you, Adi!

    By Walter on Jun 29, 2010

  14. Luvverly collection, thanks.

    By AlexP on Jul 1, 2010

  15. Hi,
    big thanks for this!
    The Kinks are one of my favs but I did not stumble on this before in my life.
    Beside, I’m always thinking, how I could give something back.
    Maybe this one: (?)
    Deep Purple live 1984 or 1985 at Loreley, Germany
    Taped Radio Broadcast

    If you at Bigo are interested in this stuff mail me at [email protected]
    Reverse the the word “lesomorb” and you have my email-adress.


    By DirkS on Jul 10, 2010

  16. i can say that i miss jacko so much coz i am one of his die hard fans’”,

    By Isabelle White on Oct 4, 2010

  17. i’ve come to think that Michael Jackson was our best pop artist, kanye west is nowhere near jacko.:’

    By Backup Software  on Oct 19, 2010

  18. Thanks Big-o

    By Kinks Konvert on Oct 3, 2011

  19. kinks confirm reunion plans -

    By darth on Jun 8, 2014


    By Eric on Nov 23, 2014

  21. yeah those last 5 songs on this page are the last live performances they have done together as a band. theyve been rebrdcst a couple of times since then and at least 3 or 4 of those songs i have seen on youtube. perhaps all 5 are there. i have recently been reading some updates to the confirmation that there would be a reunion that i posted back in june but sadly those plans are getting worse. the last thing i read was about a week or so ago and it seems currently that all is scrapped. but things can change at a moments notice.
    if u are a big fan of the kinks they did a show in nyc which was filmed at the beacon theater back in 75. its b/w but it didnt surface til around 87 or 88 in the collectors world. it was an incredible show and i have never seen it on lp or cd. i made my own audio tape from the vhs when i got my hands on a 1st generation video of it.. and i highly recommend finding this if u can. there are clips on youtube. its perfect sounding obviously from the sbd. there arent a lot of 75 sbds out there. there arent a lot of full length videos of them out there either.

    By darth on Nov 23, 2014

  22. Is there any chance that the links for Disc 2, Track 204. Here Comes Flash and Track 210. Life On The Road as well as Disc 3, Track 303. Over The Edge and Track 310. Waterloo Sunset can be reposted? Thanx

    By ElRoi on Sep 13, 2016

  23. Also, the link for Disc 2, Track 217. The Hard Way. Some 320 MP3’s would be nice too ;-)

    By ElRoi on Sep 13, 2016

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