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Kinks, 'Kinked!: Kinks Songs & Sessions 1964-1971'
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Kinks, 'Kinked!: Kinks Songs & Sessions 1964-1971'

There is nothing on this 26-track anthology that disproves the obvious: The Kinks were the best interpreters of the songs written by their singer-leader Ray Davies. What Kinked does show, in spades, is that Davies' almost daily issue of pocket masterpieces in the mid- and late Sixties was more than even that band could handle. Dave Berry's version of "This Strange Effect" and Peggy Lee's simple, smokey reading of "I Go to Sleep," both from 1965, are two examples of masterful ballads that Davies left to other voices. The parade of talent through Davies' songbag in these eight years – Marianne Faithfull, the Chocolate Watchband, the Pretty Things, English blues singer Duster Bennett, Herman's Hermits – is a fresh, revealing way to hear his prolific gifts, in records that are often as much fun as the composer's.

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