A true masterpiece of late 60s pop – music originally recorded for a TV special in 1969 – and one of the Kinks' greatest albums ever! The semi-concept album traces the woes, worries, and hopes of a British family, as one half is on the verge of emigration to Australia. The work comes out of the sort of songwriting that Ray Davies had been perfecting on albums like Village Green and Somethin
– but the overall style is more sophisticated, yet not nearly as self-indulgent as some of the 70s concept clunkers. Instead, the songs are brilliantly tight, and stand on their own well past the concept of the original album. Titles include "Victoria", "Brainwashed", "Australia", "Shangri-La", "Mr Churchill Says", and "Yes Sir, No Sir". 4CD set features a huge amount of extra material – the original album in mono, and in stereo, plus the Great Lost Dave Davies album – and lots of bonus tracks too, including "Lincoln County", "Hold My Hand", "Creeping Jean", "Groovy Movies", "Mr Shoemaker's Daughter", "This Man He Weeps Tonight", "Mindless Child Of Motherhood", "Mr Reporter", "Plastic Man", and "King Kong" – and lots of unusual mixes and alternates of album tracks too! CD4 features demos, rehearsals, and BBC mixes of the tracks – plus theatrical and "doo wop" takes! Also features a bonus large book with new essays and interviews, a special Kinks button, reproductions of vintage memorabilia, and reproductions of four vintage 7" singles – "Drivin', "Shangri La", "Victoria", and "Hold My Hand".