Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tuesday Tunes: The Kinks Choral Collection

Regular readers of Tuesday Tunes may recall that I'm a fan of the obscure cover version, and of the Kinks. So how could I resist this, Ray Davies performing some of his best tunes with the Crouch End Festival Chorus?

It has to be said that the concept works best on the mellower tunes, and tracks like You Really Got Me and All Day And All Of The Night, while making for interesting arrangements, don't work quite as well as, for instance, Days. On the other hand, Waterloo Sunset, one of the best pop songs of all time, transcends pop songdom by the addition of a choral backing, and Village Green, similarly, highlights just how good Ray Davies' tunes actually are.

And as an added bonus, the Village Green Medley is actually six full songs, rather than snippets as the title might suggest, so rather than the ten (or 11 on the special edition, which starts with Postcards From London with Chrissie Hynde) tracks listed on the sleeve, you get 15.

Basically, I totally love this CD. If you like Ray Davies and the Kinks, or bizarre cover versions, or (it could happen!) the Crouch End Festival Chorus, this is essential listening!

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