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My aim is to make rare stuff (in glorious mono or sometimes stereo) publicly available again with the best possible sound quality.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Kinks - The Village Green Preservation Society (1968) A Prof. Stoned Compilation

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81 comments:

warpig said...

Thanks very much for all the wonderful music you provide. The Kinks were a great band and it will very nice to listen to the different versions.

notarydpo said...

Hard to imagine being more excited about one of your projects than this one, but you outdo yourself time and again. Many thanks for your incredible effort. I'm going to play this one to death.

Sherri Milburn said...

Thank You.Always Enjoyed This Album.it Makes My Glad To Know I'm Now Listening to it The way It Was meant To Be Heard.And Through Your Ears.God Save Prof. Stoned

kinkling said...

A clean original mono copy? Expensive, indeed. Thanks so very much.

Hypnos164 said...

This is tremendous!! Thank you so much!

YankeeBoy said...

I love anything Kinks! Thank you.

Kwork said...

An absolute dream of mine over the past few years was to have all the Village Green tracks in one place. Thank you for everything concerning this project. Very much appreciated!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! I have always wanted a copy of the original 12 track stereo so this is a dream come true.

brian said...

Thank you very much for The Kinks!

Moshrom said...

This sounds fantastic! Usually brighter, yes, but it sounds 'right' since the vocals are quite neutral-sounding. It's a lot like your transfer of the Spanish Aftermath pressing, which makes it apparent that the recent mono reissue rolls off the high-end.

Unknown said...

Thanks so much ,The Kinks have been a part of my life since I was introduced to them because I was a Jam fan many moons ago .I wish people like yourself were involved in the official releases but hey great work this sounds amazing .

Sellew said...

Wow! An unbelievable collection! Thanks very much for all your work on this.

Brad Goodman said...

Thanks again Prof! So very grateful for all your hard work!!! I'm very much looking forward to hearing the different versions, especially the mono!

buttawitz said...

Thanks Prof 1967-1970 my favorite era of The Kinks. I do like the so called mixes of the era. But if the multi track tapes still existed I also wouldn't mind hearing remixes of this whole era. All that bouncing would end up in one place now. ( aka Sgt Pepper but done correctly mastering speaking ) These legendary recordings IMO are very significant and I think are due to be heard as they were originally recorded on multi track tape so you can hear all the original detail.

Lloyd Miller said...

Bloody brilliant as always Prof

Anonymous said...

Many thanks!

Prof. Stoned said...

@buttawitz: Apparently 'Johnny Thunder' is the only track for which they have all the multi's. They remixed it for the 2004 VG (sounds very nice) and again for the Anthology (less good).

m p friedman said...

Fantastic! Thanks, Prof!

Unknown said...

Many thanks for an opportunity to hear this with the meticulous love and care you put into all your work. Priceless, and so much appreciated! hi-fi

Anonymous said...

Thanks Prof - I have all of this multiple times over but somehow still excited to hear it all again!

Ezra said...

Thanks for another great post.

Anonymous said...

Truelly exhaustive presentation. Many thanks

DaveF said...

My favorite Kinks era; one in which they really spread their wings. Thank you so much for this amazing presentation.

Anonymous said...

I had never given this album a complete listen until downloading your version. Thanks for your introduction to this record.

Opie said...

Holy Crap!!! I didn't know about all these versions and extra tracks!!! Major kudos to you, Prof! I'm downloading now, and will put the headphones on and vegetate while enjoying another great rip by you!!! Thanks!!!

peachyg72 said...

Wonderful effort, thanks so much

Steve Ciaffa said...

Wow. This is a real treat to have all of this Village Green material in one package. Thanks so much!

ReadySteady said...

Wow Prof, you've really outdone yourself! As a certified Kinks fanatic, you have my eternal gratitude.

Michael P. said...

thankyouthankyouthankyou!

hungrypirate said...

On Part II, tracks 15 and 16 are reversed. Which track order do you prefer? I think "Living Room Light" should indeed come before "Where Did The Spring Go," and it is easy for me to fix myself. Thank you for your work mastering these.

Anonymous said...

Thanks again for your hard and pleasurable work , a real British summer treat!!!

Prof. Stoned said...

@hungrypirate: An honest mix-up. As per the booklet of "At The BBC (2012)": 'Living Room' recorded Feb 4, 1969 & 'My Spring' on Jan 28, 1969.

YYMV said...

Oh man this is glorious in MONO as I have been more often turning to an early CD of the Stereo to avoid the not so hot deluxe edition mastering style; but this album will always be the last Kinks album that is a must MONO for me so many many thanks

Anonymous said...

quite an undertaking fantastic sound
thank you

Anonymous said...

Great work, and much appreciated, as always. Great sound as usual

cadillacred said...

Thanks again for your fine work. As usual you make me appreciate mono more with each one of your projects.

Unknown said...

I can't wait to hear this. The albums you've been uploading lately have been amongst some of my favorites. Love to hear these definitive versions.

- Joaquin Antique

Monkadee said...

These sound amazing! God Save The Kinks and God Save Prof Stoned!

Jimmie Dee said...

Sounds very good. Thanks for posting.

86ed said...

Wow, what an undertaking here, tremendous work. I very much admire your approach to interesting releases and the quality you put into the posts.

swac said...

I think I have most of this on vinyl, but it's very convenient to have it digitally as well! Just have to wait until the download traffic dies down before I can get the RAR files. Thanks Prof!

MeanMrKite said...

Wow. Just WOW. It's like you're in my mind, Good Prof. This particular lp...just a absolutely PERFECT choice, a lp that got lost in the massive release date of 11/22/68 (among others, that was the release date of the massive set of the Beatles' White Album), and thus didn't get the attention or praise it so clearly deserved...

Ok, i'm off on a free-associational binge of praise once again to you, so I'll just leave it here and get busy downloading.

"Thanks" just doesn't cut it, really, but thank you from the pit of my music lovin' heart, Prof. Stoned. Every time. Whoo HOOOOOOO :)

Ken Simpson said...

Thank you for putting all of these versions into one download. This will be in heavy rotation. Appreciate all that you do Prof Stoned!

Anonymous said...

I must have owned at least four or five different versions of this album on various formats (not to mention the Kronikles and Great Lost comps as well) but always found them sonically lacking in one way or another. What you've gathered together here is probably the best I've come across yet so a huge thanks for the time and effort you've put in putting this project together. Fantastic collection!

James

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! As others have shared, I have several versions of TK-TVGPS in my collection as well. I am absolutely positive that if you felt the need to put the work into assembling this project, that it will move to the top of my playlist and source for this late 60's classic. Thanks for all that you do!

Mr B. Normal said...

Thanks for this and your hard work. I'm looking forward to having a good listen.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this, love it

Anonymous said...

One of your best projects Prof. Stoned...thanks for the hard work!

Mr.Lowe

Lon said...

Thanks for this!

Anonymous said...

You also got a song title wrong, good sir. It's "Till Death US DO Part", not "Till Death DO US Part". A very common mistake.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this Labour OF Love...
Fantastic post, gets my vote for best of the year ( so far).

Max2max said...

A nice way to discover this superb album ! Thank you for your EXCELLENT+++ and hard work.

Maxime

Jaenes Q Records said...

One of my fave albums - thanks!

Jaenes Q Records said...

It's not that well known but the South African release had 16 tracks...they tacked the single mix of Days onto the end of side 1. Sound quality if quite average though.

Ian said...

Thanks, this looks extremely cool.

Anonymous said...

Superb work as always. Many thanks.

David said...

wow
thanks!

rockjazzeclectic said...

Amazing work! thanks.

MeanMrKite said...

Holy crap. THIS is beyond great, I run out of adjectives, but PLEASE know this one is a special treat indeed. Thanks just doesn't cut it, but THANKS nonetheless!!

:) :) :)

wire154 said...

Thank you for everything you do, dude!

Shawn said...

You have outdone yourself with this release Prof! Even if I could track down high-end copies of the albums used as sources, I doubt I could afford them. I did have to chuckle at using Golden Hour Of The Kinks as the source for 'Wonderboy' though - when I had this LP many years ago, the arm of my automatic turntable always picked up before the last minute or so of the last track on Side Two finished (they crammed far too many songs on to that side!). Thank you so much for sharing this great music - from sources so rarely heard - with all of us.

Anonymous said...

The Stones The Who The Beatles The Kinks and the Kinks never made it into the US Pantheon of Rock Gods as Arbited by the Rolling Stone magazine. It is a crime that the arbiters of rock godness have convicted the Kinks of the crime of being Too English

Chuckorama said...

I disagree with the comment directly above. After 1966, England forgot about Kinks forever and it was American critical acclaim in the late 60's (including Rolling Stone) that made the Kinks a cult-band and allowed them to survive the nuclear winter. The Americans loved them precisely BECAUSE of their Englishness, not in spite of it.

Tim said...

Wow!! Thanks once again for all the amazing amount of work you've put into this. Due to the loss of tapes, I imagine we'll never hear it better. Awesome achievement!!!

Anonymous said...

Greetings and many thanks from sunny Scotland. I am a great admirer of The Kinks The Village Green Preservation Society.I appreciate your efforts and look forward to listening with new ears to this class album.

psychgodz said...

Incredible work! You are putting a service for true fans of music... This is amazing. Can't thank you enough, just incredible!

Anonymous said...

thank you very much!
Robert

Anonymous said...

Wow! Amazing,simply amazing. THANK you.

Arne Herges said...

Thank you for making this record available in superior quality! I'm a big fan of this blog :)

Anonymous said...

Absolutely stunning work here. I've never heard VGPS with so much clarity before. And I've heard a lot of those in the recent years. The punchiness of Big Sky on Disc III is amazing and I liked you decided to maintain the high ends on it. Changes everything about the album in my mind. I hope you are able to reach more Kinks albums in the future. Something Else would be one with the greatest need of all after VGPS... Kudos!

Skinny Holland said...

You're the best!

Unknown said...

Great work.. thank you! Great to hear these as an alternative to the modern mastering. You are quite the Kinks Kompletist. I agree, Something Else would benefit from this Kinda work.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for another great release Prof!

Anonymous said...

Many thanks for your excellent work. Greatly appreciated!

Anonymous said...

I have everything by The Kinks already (everything!!), but had heard people rave about your work so I had to hear it for myself.
They were right, thank you!!!

foalonthehill said...

Looks fab! Any chance of a re-up of the high res?

pogo said...

Superb work as always. I got most of your files through http://twilightzone-rideyourpony.blogspot.com/
Where you posted many of them but not this one.
Many thanks for this great job.
Fred

Old_fat_bloke said...

I finally played it all. Fantastic effort and great music.

Old_fat_bloke said...

I miss your great uploads. Hope you are ok.

Louis Bova said...

Even with the 50th Anniversary Edition, your rips and audio prowess will prove to be the Gold Standard when it comes to preserving the original intention of this Kinks masterpiece.
Thank you for striving for excellence and providing us with the pinnacle of what is the genuine article.

Wunderhund said...

Professor -- thank you for all your hard work. The tracks sound fantastic.

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