The Kinks Take Fans On ‘The Journey’ With 60th Anniversary Anthology

The collection marks the first to be handpicked by the Davies brothers and Mick Avory.

By Nate Todd Feb 15, 2023 1:45 pm PST

The Kinks will issue the first installment in a two-part anthology series, The Journey – Part 1 (1964-1975), on March 24 via BMG. The collection comes in celebration of the legendary British band’s 60th anniversary.

In 1963, brothers Ray Davies and Dave Davies formed The Kinks in Muswell Hill, North London with their friend Pete Quaife. Mick Avory rounded out the quartet in 1964. The Kinks quickly became one of the best bands Britain had to offer, establishing themselves with hits like “You Really Got Me,” “Waterloo Sunset” and “All Day And All Of The Night.”

Led by the immense songwriting talent of Ray Davies, the band also gained a reputation as astute socio-political observers and commentators with songs like “Dead End Street,” “Death Of A Clown,” “Celluloid Heroes” and “Supersonic Rocket Ship.” All those tunes and more appear on The Journey – Part 1, a collection handpicked for the first time by Ray, Dave and Mick.

The Kinks categorized The Journey Part 1 “according to themes inspired by the trials and tribulations of their journey through life together as a band since 1963,” as per a press release. Subtitles include “Songs about becoming a man, the search for adventure, finding an identity and a girl” and “Songs of ambition achieved, bitter taste of success, loss of friends, the past comes back and bites you in the backside.”

“Ask yourself the question, is this journey really necessary?…….Yes!” Ray Davies mused on The Journey. “I’m delighted with what I think is an inspiring selection of timeless and magical Kinks music,” Dave Davies added.

Head here for the complete The Journey Part 1 tracklist.

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