December 24

Today Santa brought me a true hens tooth… the 1973 Great Lost Kinks Album:

Apparently this thing was never supposed to see the light of day. It was provided to Reprise Records to fill a contractual obligation as the band moved RCA. It is full of b sides, stuff from a solo Dave Davies album, cast offs from the years 1966 – 1970 and other unused material.

The band found out about the release when the record showed up on the Billboard charts! They took legal action against Reprise Records who eventually pulled the record from circulation in 1975 making this thing an instant collectors item.

Is it full of great Kinks rock and roll songs, no. Are the lyrics satirical masterpieces that the Kinks are known for, nope. Is it an interesting and witty addition to the collection or for any Kinks fans out there, yes!

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