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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.
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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)
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)
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
KINKS BASSIST PETER QUAIFE R.I.P. 1943-2010
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 Undercover.com.au