This double LP of rare studio material is a bit less of a tour de force now than it was when it first came out around 1983, as some of the cuts have surfaced on official releases or CD bootlegs. Still, one could hardly ask for a better compilation of B-sides, import-only tracks, alternate versions, and the like. Highlights include the Dave Davies '60s non-LP solo singles, the sanitized version of "Lola" (where Ray Davies sings "cherry cola" instead of "Coca Cola" to avoid a BBC ban), a Denmark-only (and better) version of "Apeman," the sarcastic "Father Christmas" single, and the "Preservation" 45. Best of all are five unreleased demos of Davies compositions from 1965, including a stark Ray-and-piano version of "I Go to Sleep," as well as the beautifully melancholic ballads "Tell Me Now So I'll Know" and "There's a New World Just Opening for Me." With excellent sound quality, this isn't just for manic collectors; any old Kinks fan will enjoy this.
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