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It's easy to imagine the confusion with which this manifesto for the defense of the status quo was received on its release in 1968. The world was in turmoil and the pose of the Street Fighting Man, rebellious and politically aware, was far sexier than the quaint homebody image the Kinks present here. The title track finds Ray Davies proudly declaring himself a preservationist of custard pies, vaudeville, and such comic book characters as Desperate Dan. However, these slices of suburban life have weathered a lot better than most of their contemporaries.
The Kinks were working in their own homey little world, as evidenced by songs such as the album's title track, "Picture Book", about family snapshot albums, and "All of My Friends Were There" whose very un-rebellious subject is public embarrassment. To compound the weirdness there's also "Big Sky", a classic Kinks song about God that's not remotely religious, and a rocker about a steam engine. The overarching theme of VILLAGE GREEN is that of unalloyed nostalgia--it's only today, now that many of the things Davies feared would disappear have actually vanished, that the truth and clarity of his vision is apparent.

Track Listings
Discs 1
1)Village Green Preservation Society (mono)
2)Do You Remember Walter (mono)
3)Picture Book (mono)
4)Johnny Thunder (mono)
5)Last Of The Steam-Powered Trains (mono)
6)Big Sky (mono)
7)Sitting By The Riverside (mono)
8)Animal Farm (mono)
9)Village Green (mono)
10)Starstruck (mono)
11)Phenomenal Cat (mono)
12)All Of My Friends Were There (mono)
13)Wicked Annabella (mono)
14)Monica (mono)
15)People Take Pictures Of Each Other (mono)
16)Village Green Preservation Society (stereo)
17)Do You Remember Walter (stereo)
18)Picture Book (stereo)
19)Johnny Thunder (stereo)
20)Monica (stereo)
21)Days (stereo)
22)Village Green (stereo)
23)Mr Songbird (stereo)
24)Wicked Annabella (stereo)
25)Starstruck (stereo)
26)Phenomenal Cat (stereo)
27)People Take Pictures Of Each Other (alternate stereo mix)
28)Days (single version mono)

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