Face to Face (1966) and Something Else (1967) might’ve been the start of Ray Davies’ great character studies, but it really comes into prominence on their 1968 masterpiece The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society. Listening through it’s interesting how you have clear standouts songs like the opening title track, “Picture Book” and the starting point for the process "Village Green", but it’s great to hear how all the songs work well together to not just provide us lots of great characters to meet, but also learning about England life. I felt the album was also incredibly diverse musically with tons of straight ahead rockers, baroque pop, fun oompah and countless memorable melodies. Its amusing how other English bands at the time would experiment with blues rock and more American leaning sounds, but the Kinks carved out their own space by sticking what they came natural to them. The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society is a groundbreaking album that would rightfully place them as one of the most important English bands of the time.
Favorite Tracks: The Village Green Preservation Society, Do You Remember Walter?, Picture Book, Last of the Steam Powered Trains, Sitting by the Riverside, Animal Farm, Village Green, Starstruck, All of My Friends Were There