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The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (1968)

The Kinks
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Rock music, Concept album, Pop music

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The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society is the sixth studio album by the English rock group The Kinks, released in November 1968. It was the last album by the original quartet, as bassist Pete Quaife left the group in early 1969. A collection of thematic vignettes of English town and hamlet life, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society was assembled from songs written and recorded over the previous two years. Allmusic senior editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine described Village Green as a "concept album lamenting the passing of old-fashioned English traditions."
Although the record is widely considered one of the most influential and important works by The Kinks, it failed to chart upon release, and only sold about 100,000 copies. In 2003, the album was ranked number 255 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
The first activity towards the Village Green LP was the recording of the song "Village Green" during the sessions for the Kinks' 1967 LP Something Else. Inspired by a trip taken by lead vocalist and songwriter Ray Davies to rural Devon, the song served as a catalyst for The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation

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2:39 Picture Book
2:32 Johnny Thunder
4:13 Last of the Steam-Powered Trains
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2:39 Phenomenal Cat
2:20 Monica
2:11 People Take Pictures of Each Other
2:24 Sitting by the Riverside
3:02 Animal Farm
2:52 Big Sky
2:12 Village Green
2:50 The Village Green Preservation Society
2:25 All of My Friends Were There
2:44 Wicked Annabella
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