The KinksThe Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society

Label:BMG – BMGAA09LP, Pye Records – BMGAA09LP
Series:The Art Of The Album
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo
Country:UK & Europe
Style:Classic Rock


A1The Village Green Preservation Society
A2Do You Remember Walter?
A3Picture Book
A4Johnny Thunder
A5Last Of The Steam-Powered Trains
A6Big Sky
A7Sitting By The Riverside
B1Animal Farm
B2Village Green
B4Phenomenal Cat
B5All Of My Friends Were There
B6Wicked Annabella
B8People Take Pictures Of Each Other

Companies, etc.



50th Anniversary Stereo Edition
Gatefold Jacket
Includes 4-page insert
180 Gram Vinyl
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, North Hills, CA. Supervised by Andrew Sandoval. All tracks remastered ℗ 2018
Analog mastering for vinyl by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, North Hills, CA
Audio Restoration by Andrew Sandoval at Beatland Tours, Atwater Village, CA
Analog tape transfers by Richard Whittaker & Kevin Vanbergen at FX Copyroom, Acton, London

Etched runouts

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (scanned): 4050538402216
  • Rights Society: mcps
  • Label Code: LC6448
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): BMGAA09LP-A3 KPG@CA
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): BMGAA09LP-B3 KPG@CA

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The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)Pye Records, Pye RecordsNSPL 18233, NSPL.18233UK1968
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (LP, Album, Stereo)Pye RecordsSLBP 63.003Italy1968
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The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (LP, Album, Mono, Gatefold)Pye Records, Pye RecordsNPL 18233, NPL.18233UK1968
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The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (LP, Album, Stereo)Pye RecordsNSPL 18233Netherlands1968
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The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (LP, Album, Stereo)Pye Records, Pye RecordsCLVLXPY 298, CLVLXPY. 298France1968



  • jbmorgan's avatar
    This pressing absolutely rips. Zero surface noise and sounds incredible
    • whitespyder's avatar
      I have trouble to understand if this mastering is AAA ("Analog mastering for vinyl by Kevin Gray" seems to indicate that) or if it's from a digital transfer ("Analog tape transfers by Richard Whittaker) as some have pointed out in certain forums...

      Can anyone point to an ITV from Kevin for example or has any bit of info that would confirm one or the other?
      • MichaelBenedet's avatar
        Mr. Kevin gray is magic. I want all my records to sound wonderfully like this one. My BW800 thanked
        • enrique.altes's avatar
          The album shows here and there The Beatles’ MMT influences. Almost universally praised as a chef d’oeuvre, it sounds, to my taste, somehow less musically consistent than precedent works of Ray Davies. However, an excellent addition to any 60s collection. Nice remaster and an excellent reproduction of the original album cover by the way...
          • okaycpu's avatar
            Fuckin incredible sounding. Seriously I couldn’t care less about it being not a pure analog signal. If it sounds like this that’s fine.
            • Iggy98's avatar
              Dead quiet pressing, superb mastering - punchy and well defined, incredible separation. Plays with a nature of well-done mono mixes from the 60's even though it's stereo.
              • Marknetick's avatar
                Edited 5 years ago
                I'm a huge fan of The Kinks, and this album is definitely my favourite from them. I could probably talk all day about the record itself, but I'll stick purely to talking about this particular pressing, for those who are interested in picking it up. It's really good. I tend to be a little skeptical about buying remasters on vinyl, because not only do the remastering jobs tend not to necessarily "improve" the listening experience, but they also tend to transfer quite badly onto vinyl. There are some exceptions from other classic artists (Zeppelin, Bowie, Pink Floyd, etc), and this is definitely among them. The people responsible for this issue did a great job with the overall packaging and presentation. The original gatefold is there, and the printing on it is great. The 4 page booklet is also a really nice addition, and it makes me wish that more classic reissues included this kind of stuff, because we hardcore fans always want to own physical liner notes, rather than just having to search up everything. I own the 2004 Deluxe Edition on CD, and I wanted to see if the liner notes of that were the same--and they're not, which is good. I'm glad they didn't just copy and paste it. They actually got someone else to write a whole new essay for this release.

                And finally, the pressing quality--it sounds fantastic. I mean, the pressing quality, generally, is really good, but I'm especially impressed with the remastering job. I'm not sure if whether the 2004 CD version is remastered or not, but regardless, that's the version that I'm used to, so I was immediately able to tell that this pressing was a big step up from that. The sound is a lot sharper, and much fuller. I think the biggest difference was the drums. Again, it's all an improvement, but the drums seem to have a lot more substance in this mix. By comparison to my old CD version, they don't sound as underwhelmed or "drowned-out" by the rest of what's going on. I also found the stereo separation and panning to be more effective. It just seems a little easier to identify all of the different layers of instrumentation, because it always sounded quite clustered on past masters. There's a part of me that liked that, because I felt that it added to the band's garage elements, but it's really refreshing to hear the level of clarity that this new pressing offers. It's also worth mentioning that the value of this release is a plus too. Obviously, there are other, ridiculously expensive options on the table, but if you're just looking to buy the standard version for this release, you still get great treatment, considering that you can find this for 35-40 NZD.

                Overall, two thumbs up from me.


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