At the BBC - The Kinks
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  • Summary: The collection of surviving recordings from the BBC of the Kinks from between 1964 to 1994 are compiled into a six CD/DVD box set.
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  1. Aug 13, 2012
    90
    Whilst it would be easy to say that the 136 tracks across five CDs make this boxset a purchase for completists and enthusiasts only, to do so would be reductive.
  2. Aug 13, 2012
    90
    It's a vast, revealing monument to the genius of Ray Davies and one of the greatest British bands of all time.
  3. Oct 4, 2012
    89
    Picking up where 2001's two-disc BBC Sessions: 1964-1977 left off, this 5-CD/1-DVD UK import meticulously traces the band's enthralling path.
  4. Aug 13, 2012
    80
    These radio sessions and TV appearances present an unique, accelerated Kinks history. [Sep 2012, p.103]
  5. Aug 29, 2012
    70
    This collection ultimately serves as a chronology of an incredibly important band as it phases through the good, bad, and ugly of an unprecedented run of magical songs in every era.
  6. Aug 13, 2012
    70
    Nevertheless, for all its omissions and repetitions, the sheer scale of this archive still feels like an exemplary work of preservation. [Sep 2012, p.92]
  7. Aug 13, 2012
    60
    For every perfectly observed vignette of English life (Sunny Afternoon, Autumn Almanac) and pithily satirical narrative (Village Green Preservation Society, Dead End Kids) there's a clunking, unwieldy, elaborate novelty song (Supersonic Rocket Ship, Skin & Bone).

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