The Kinks, one of the greatest ever British rock groups, continue the 60th Anniversary celebrations of their illustrious musical journey with part two of their career-defining anthology, The Journey, out today, November 17 on BMG.
Following the release of The Journey - Part 1 in March this year (featuring hits such as “You Really Got Me,” “Waterloo Sunset,” “All Day And All Of The Night” and “Dead End Street”) The Journey - Part 2, compiled by the band, is available on 2CD, 2LP, Digital and HD Digital formats. The physical formats contain a booklet with band photos and track notes by original members Ray Davies, Dave Davies and Mick Avory, sharing their memories and weaving them into The Kinks’ incredible story. Buy and stream The Journey – Part 2 here.
Also launching today is a new visualizer for the previously unheard 1975 live recording of “(A) Face In The Crowd,” mixed by Ray Davies, which appears on The Journey – Part 2. Watch here.
The Journey - Part 2 includes hits, B-sides, album tracks and, six new Ray Davies mixes, three of which are previously unreleased live performances from 1975.
Hits featured on the release include “Lola,” “Sunny Afternoon,” “20th Century Man,” “Dedicated Follower Of Fashion,” “Till The End Of The Day,” “A Well Respected Man,” “See My Friends,” and “Everybody's A Star (Starmaker).”
The songs on The Journey - Parts 1 & 2 have been handpicked by The Kinks, telling the story of their journey through life together as a band since 1963.
The release is accompanied by a new Official Kinks merchandise collection from BSI Merch. Visit the store here.
Formed in 1963 in Muswell Hill, North London, by brothers Ray and Dave Davies with their friend Pete Quaife, and joined by Mick Avory in early 1964, The Kinks quickly established themselves as one of the epoch-defining groups of the 60s, with their impact still being felt around the world today.
The Kinks have sold over 50 million records worldwide and have been streamed over a billion times; they have achieved 5 US top 10 singles, 9 US top 40 albums, 22 UK top 20 singles / EPs (including 10 top 5s) and 6 UK top 10 albums, with 4 albums certified Gold.
PRESS REVIEW QUOTES FOR THE JOURNEY - PARTS 1 & 2
“’The Journey Part 2’ offers a new way to appreciate a goodly chunk of the work of one of the greatest songwriters of our time. The second installment of Ray Davies & co.’s 60th Anniversary celebrations is a winner.” [4 stars]
Sixty years on, The Kinks’ incendiary, poignant, witty subversion of British rock has lost none of its charm and bite, and the depth of their catalogue continues to amaze.”
“’The Journey’ charts the Davies’ rise from working-class, postwar London to the spoils of rock stardom, speaking to The Kinks’ status as one of the most revered British bands ever, icons of the ‘60s who stood shoulder-to-shoulder with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.”
“The Kinks’ songs and their methods influenced entire generations of musicians and they remain one of the UK's best-ever rock bands.”
“Movingly draws together disparate, unexpected threads, weaving tender empathy into wistful melodies. Melancholy and wit, disillusion and dreams connect, seeing through the ‘60s into deeper truths.”