The Kinks Treat 'Village Green Preservation Society' to 50th Anniversary Box Set

Hear the previously unreleased "Time Song" now

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Aug 15, 2018

Though a reunion could be in the cards in the band's near future, the Kinks will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their sixth studio album, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, with a massive box set.

Arriving October 26 through BMG, the deluxe box set will feature remastered versions of the album in mono and stereo, presented on CD and as a 180-gram vinyl LP. Additional CDs include sessions, unreleased demos, alternate versions, mixes and backing tracks.

The box will also include a 52-page photobook with liner notes, new band interviews, essays from the Who's Pete Townshend and journalist Kate Mossman, among others.

If that somehow wasn't enough, the set is rounded out with a trio of 7-inch singles in reproduced original picture sleeves, posters, press photos, sheet music and more. All the contents will be housed in a debossed, linen-finished box.

The deluxe anniversary edition of The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society will also be available digitally and as a 2-CD set, in addition to single CD and LP editions.

Ahead of the box's arrival, the band have shared the previously unreleased "Time Song," which you can find a lyric video for below.

"When we played a concert at Drury Lane in '73 to 'celebrate' us about to join what was called the Common Market, I decided to use the song as a warning that time was running out for the old British Empire," the band's Ray Davies said in a statement. "This song was recorded a few weeks later but never made the final cut on the Preservation Act I album. Oddly enough, the song seems quite poignant and appropriate to release at this time in British history, and like Europe itself the track is a rough mix which still has to be finessed."

Pre-order the band's box set here, where you'll also find a complete breakdown of its components.

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