The Kinks emerged from the musical activities of brothers Ray and Dave Davies, born three years apart and raised in Muswell Hill, London. Their first musical incarnation was the Ray Davies Quartet, formed around 1960 with schoolmate Pete Quaife, and this line up, with various drummers, performed blues, folk and jazz at pubs and coffee houses mainly in the north London area. Guitar instrumentals, R&B and rock’n’roll songs were added to the set list as the band went through frequent name changes. This CD is a collection of the songs that were most influential on the sound of the early Kinks and is representative of the live repertoire of the band from the time immediately prior to their signing a recording contract with Pye Records in January 1964. The illustrated 24-page booklet includes essays by Doug Hinman and Nick Duckett and explains the relevance of each track to The Kinks.


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1. Honky Tonk Bill Doggett
2. The Train And The River Jimmy Giuffre
3. Malaguena Chet Atkins
4. Ghost Riders in the Sky The Ramrods
5. Ramrod Duane Eddy
6. No Trespassing Ventures
7. Stick Shift The Duals
8. Wheels The String-A-Longs
9. Peter Gunn Duane Eddy
10. Walk, Don’t Run The Ventures
11. Hey, Hey Baby Big Bill Broonzy
12. Angi Davey Graham
13. Lost John Lonnie Donegan
14. Boll Weevil Song Eddie Cochran
15. Bird Dog The Everly Brothers
16. One Night Elvis Presley
17. Good Golly, Miss Molly Little Richard
18. Money Barrett Strong
19. Poison Ivy The Coasters
20. Route 66 Chuck Berry
21. Smokestack Lightnin’ Howlin’ Wolf
22. Oh Yea Bo Diddley
23. I’ve Got Love If You Want It Slim Harpo
24. Little Queenie Chuck Berry
25. I’m A Hog For You The Coasters
26. Bo Diddley Bo Diddley
27. I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man Muddy Waters
28. Who Do You Love Bo Diddley
29. Bye Bye Johnny Chuck Berry

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Weight 0.125 kg