The Kinks are the latest band to recognise an album milestone with an expansive reissue, this time in honour of their 1968 record, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society.
The album is set to be re-released as a five-CD box set, fittingly labelled a ‘Super Deluxe’ reissue, and will feature singles, B-sides, alternative versions, live takes, and TV performances. Also included are interviews from the BBC and recordings from the mid-1970s.
All in all, the reissue contains a staggering 174 tracks and is the perfect way to celebrate 50 years of The Village Green Preservation Society. For those who maintain everything sounds better on vinyl, the Kinks have you covered with an additional release of three 12” LPs and three 7” singles.
"I think The Village Green Preservation Society is about the ending of a time personally for me in my life," said Ray Davies. "In my imaginary village. It's the end of our innocence, our youth. Some people are quite old but in the Village Green, you're never allowed to grow up. I feel the project itself as part of a life cycle."
As part of the release, the Kinks have shared previously unreleased track ‘Time Song’ – check it out below ahead of the full box set release.
The 50th anniversary reissue of The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society will be released on Friday October 26 via BMG.