Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Picture Book

Newly released is the deluxe six-disc Kinks box set called Picture Book, which chronicles the band's four-decade career. The collection features over 100 tracks including all of the band's classic hits from the '60s, '70s and '80s.

Picture Book chronicles every era in the band's history and features numerous rare home demos, alternate mixes, live versions, and previously unreleased BBC TV and radio & sessions. Kinks leader Ray Davies had a hand in compiling the set.

Highlights on the Kinks' 138-track Picture Book box set include: "You Really Got Me," "Stop Your Sobbing," "All Day And All Of The Night," "Tired Of Waiting For You," "A Well Respected Man," "Till The End Of The Day," "Sunny Afternoon," "Village Green Sunny Afternoon," "Dedicated Follower Of Fashion," "Waterloo Sunset," "Death Of A Clown," "Picture Book," "The Village Green Preservation Society," "Arthur," "Lola," "Apeman," "Celluloid Heroes," "Father Christmas," "Catch Me Now I'm Falling," "Destroyer," "Come Dancing," "Do It Again," and many, many more.

Dave Davies says that although his guitar work and brother Ray's songs often receive the most credit for the band's success, original bandmates, drummer Mick Avory, and bassist Pete Quiafe, both greatly contributed to the band's legacy.

The Kinks, featuring only the Davies brothers from the original line-up, disbanded in 1996. In 1999 the original foursome took part in some studio sessions for a planned comeback, but none of the songs have been released to date. Ray Davies has expressed interest in reuniting the original lineup for a new album for 2009, but so far no announcement has been made on the Kinks reuniting.

Remember this commercial?

U2 has filmed a video for the first single from its upcoming new album, according to a post at U2.com. The Irish group was in London last week to shoot the clip, with the post stating, "We are sworn to secrecy on the finer details of the shoot... but there may have been some marching girls involved. With their boots on." The last sentence could be a hint about the song's title, which is rumored to be "Sexy Boots." The new U2 record, tentatively called No Line on the Horizon, is due out sometime in the first half of 2009 after the band bumped it from a late 2008 arrival.

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