The Kinks are set to re-issue their seminal album 'The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society' on October 26th.
The album is being re-issued in time for its 50th anniversary, and its themed of a faded England struggling to adjust to the loss of its empire remain painfully familiar.
“I think 'The Village Green Preservation Society' is about the ending of a time personally for me in my life,” says Ray Davies. “In my imaginary village. It’s the end of our innocence, our youth. Some people are quite old but in the Village Green, you’re never allowed to grow up. I feel the project itself as part of a life cycle.”
Broadly unsuccessful at the time, the album became a Britpop touchstone, influencing an entire generation of songwriters in the process.
Set to gain a full re-issue on October 26th, the album is joined by never before released track 'Time Song'.
Recorded during the album sessions, it gained a concert performance by The Kinks at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in January 1973, celebrating Britain’s entry into the Common Market.
"When we played a concert at Drury Lane in '73 to 'celebrate' us about to join what was called The Common Market, I decided to use the song as a warning that time was running out for the old British Empire," says Ray. "This song was recorded a few weeks later but never made the final cut on the Preservation Act I album. Oddly enough, the song seems quite poignant and appropriate to release at this time in British history, and like Europe itself the track is a rough mix which still has to be finessed."
A wistful salute to a disappearing era, you can listen to 'Time Song' below.
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