The Tor Guides

Reflections on country life

In Classic rock on 26 April, 2011 at 13:58

We are the Village Green Preservation Society
God save Donald Duck, vaudeville and variety
We are the Desperate Dan Appreciation Society
God save strawberry jam and all the different varieties

In 1968 Kinks released The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, their last album with the original quartet – the bass player Pete Quaife left the group early in 1969.

The album is an ambitious project, recollecting the sweet and easy life on the British country side. It is considered as one of the major works from the band, besides the many fantastic singles that preceded the album. However, although the critical reception was good, the record buying public didn´t run to their record stores to get the album – the sales world-wide amounted to approximately 100 000 albums and the album consequently failed to enter any charts! History has proved the band and the album right – it is today their best selling album.

The title track soundtracked my afternoon walk with the dog the other day, through a sweet and sunny Swedish countryside – adding flavor to all my thoughts on how good living really can be this time of the year.

The clip below is from 1973 and can be considered as vintage Kinks material. The band is tastefully assisted by an orchestra. Note that the tempo of the live recording is a lot slower than on the studio recording.

Even if the sun is currently hiding behind the clouds the music leaves a clear feeling of green and the coming summertime.

Ps. I add another observation on country living, though from a slightly different perspective – Blur´s fine Country House, live in 1995.


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