My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Original album is tracks 1-15
Brief Background: …Village Green… was recorded over a two year period from November 1966 through October 1968. Ray Davies held back certain songs to be put on this album, while the band continued to record a couple of other albums. …Village Green… is a concept album about the changing way of life in the English country side. There is actually a really good back story about it’s recording and release on the Wikipedia page if you are interested.
What I think: We finally have a Kinks album that I enjoy! The songs here lose some of that weird British quirkiness that bugged me on the previous albums and just goes for great Rock songs with big sentimental hooks. Although it wasn’t released as a single at the time, the most familiar song to most people is “Picture Book”, which was used in an HP commercial in 2004 (Green Day liked the song so much that in 2000 they reused a huge portion of it on their song “Warning”). Really all around this is a great album and something I will happily listen to again. This actually feels like a completed piece, something the other albums didn’t have…
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? Even though I had never listened to this album, I knew of its reputation and knew it would be on this list. Just for that fact I knew it should be here, and it turns out the music is wonderful. I’m looking forward to a couple of more Kinks albums in the coming years.
Rating (Out of 5): 4
Amazon Review (Out of 5):4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (89/112)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 79%