The Kinks Get Boxed (Finally)

For many of us around the MAGNET office, there are four things we thought would make our lives complete: 1) the Phillies winning the World Series, 2) a Democrat back in the White House, 3) a Kinks boxed set featuring unreleased tracks from the glory days and 4) free beer for life. Well, be careful what you wish for. In less than a month’s time, the Phillies dismantled the Tampa Bay Rays for their first championship since 1980, Obama soundly kicked McCain’s ass, and Ray Davies announced the impending release of the first-ever Kinks boxed set. (No word yet on the free beer, unfortunately.)

According to Davies’ website, the six-CD, 138-track Picture Book will be on sale in the U.K. on December 8. (Davies’ U.S. publicist confirmed the box will get an American release sometime next year.) Davies also recently told BBC News that a full-scale Kinks reunion might be in the cards, but he has been saying that somewhat regularly since the band broke up in 1996, so we won’t hold our breaths. But here’s an idea: How about some kind of Dr. Pepper/Chinese Democracy deal sponsored by Dogfish Head Brewery that will give every American a free 120 Minute IPA if the original Kinks get back together? Yes, we can!

To prepare for the release of Picture Book (check out the complete track listing after the jump), revisit the excellent interview that Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan did with Davies for MAGNET earlier this year.

Picture Book Track Listing
Disc 1
1. Brian Matthew Introduces The Kinks
2. You Really Got Me
3. I’m A Hog For You Baby (Boll-Weevils unreleased demo)
4. I Believed You (Boll-Weevills demo)
5. Long Tall Sally
6. I Don’t Need You Anymore
7. Stop Your Sobbing
8. I Gotta Move
9. Don’t Ever Let Me Go (unreleased)
10. All Day And All Of The Night
11. Tired Of Waiting For You
12. Come On Now Outake (with false start)
13. There Is A New World Opening For Me (Kassner Publishing unreleased demo)
14. Everybody’s Gonna Be Happy
15. Who’ll Be The Next In Line
16. Time Will Tell
17. Set Me Free
18. I Need You
19. See My Friend
20. Wait Till The Summer Comes Along
21. I Go To Sleep (demo)
22. A Little Bit Of Sunlight (Kassner Publishing unreleased demo)
23. This I Know (unreleased demo)
24. A Well Respected Man
25. This Strange Effect (BBC session)
26. Milk Cow Blues
27. Ring The Bells
28. I’m On An Island
29. Till The End Of The Day
30. Where Have All The Good Times Gone
31. All Night Stand (unreleased demo)
32. And I Will Love You (unreleased)
33. Sittin’ On My Sofa

Disc 2
1. Dedicated Follower Of Fashion (alternate stereo take)
2. She’s Got Everything
3. Mr. Reporter (unreleased Ray vocal)
4. Sunny Afternoon
5. I’m Not Like Everybody Else
6. This Is Where I Belong
7. Rosie Won’t You Please Come Home
8. Too Much On My Mind
9. Session Man
10. End Of The Season
11. Dead End Street (unreleased 1966 Shel Talmy version
12. Village Green
13. Two Sisters
14. David Watts
15. Mr. Pleasant
16. Waterloo Sunset (mono mix)
17. Death Of A Clown
18. Lavender Hill
19. Good Luck Charm (unreleased BBC recording)
20. Autumn Almanac
21. Susannah’s Still Alive
22. Animal Farm
23. Rosemary Rose
24. Berkeley Mews
25. Lincoln County
26. Picture Book
27. Days
28. Misty Water

Disc 3
1. Love Me Till The Sun Shines (BBC session)
2. The Village Green Preservation Society
3. Big Sky
4. King Kong
5. Drivin’
6. Some Mother’s Son
7. Victoria
8. Shangri-La
9. Arthur
10. Got To Be Free
11. Lola Mono Single Version
12. Get Back In The Line
13. The Moneygoround
14. Strangers
15. Apeman
16. God’s Children
17. The Way Love Used To Be
18. Moments
19. Muswell Hillbilly
20. Oklahoma USA
21. Twentieth Century Man
22. Here Come The People In Grey

Disc 4
1. Skin And Bone
2. Alcohol (live)
3. Celluloid Heroes
4. Sitting in My Hotel
5. Supersonic Rocket Ship
6. You Don’t Know My Name
7. One Of The Survivors
8. Sitting In The Midday Sun
9. Sweet Lady Genevieve
10. Daylight
11. Mirror Of Love
12. Artificial Man
13. Preservation (US single version)
14. Slum Kids (Live)
15. Holiday Romance
16. Face In The Crowd
17. No More Looking Back
18. Sleepwalker
19. The Poseur

Disc 5
1. Sleepless Night
2. Father Christmas
3. Misfits
4. A Rock ‘N Roll Fantasy
5. Little Bit Of Emotion
6. Attitude
7. Hidden Quality (unreleased)
8. A Gallon of Gas (unreleased edit)
9. Catch Me Now I’m Falling
10. Nuclear Love (unreleased)
11. Duke (unreleased)
12. Maybe I Love You (unreleased)
13. Stolen Away Your Heart (unreleased)
14. Low Budget (live)
15. Better Things
16. Destroyer
17. Yo-Yo
18. Art Lover (unreleased mix)
19. Long Distance

Disc 6
1. Heart of Gold
2. Come Dancing (unreleased demo mix)
3. State Of Confusion
4. Do It Again
5. Living On A Thin Line
6. Summer’s Gone (extended mix)
7. How Are You
8. The Road
9. Million Pound Semi Detached
10. Down All The Days (To 1992)
11. The Informer
12. Phobia
13. Only A Dream
14. Drift Away
15. Scattered
16. Do You Remember Walter (To The Bone live version)
17. To The Bone (unreleased demo)