Listen to the unreleased 'Time Song' from the upcoming 'The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society' anniversary album

As frontman Ray Davies considers a Kinks reunion, the band is set to release the 50th anniversary edition of their iconic 1968 album

Listen to the unreleased 'Time Song' from the upcoming 'The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society' anniversary album

The Kinks are set to reissue their seminal album 'The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society' on October 26 via BMG. The album, which was one of the early pioneers of the 'concept album' is being reissued in time for its 50th anniversary and is defined by the extraordinary catalog of Ray Davies’ songs, driven by brother Dave Davies’ power-pop guitar which became the foundation of generations of British guitar pop. ‘The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society’ cemented Ray's reputation as one of Britain’s greatest ever songwriters of his and any generation.

“I think The Village Green Preservation Society is about the ending of a time personally for me in my life,” says Ray. “In my imaginary village. It’s the end of our innocence, our youth. Some people are quite old but in the Village Green, you’re never allowed to grow up. I feel the project itself as part of a life cycle.”

The album's 50th-anniversary edition will include previously unreleased tracks like “Time Song,” which was only heard by the public once at a live performance in 1973.

"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," Davies said. "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."

Album art for 'The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society'. (Image Source: The Kinks)
Album art for 'The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society'. (Image Source: The Kinks)

Ray mixed the track earlier this year and it is included on the new VGPS Deluxe Box Set and Deluxe 2CD. The single version will also be available as a limited edition 7” single exclusively with of the box set via The Kinks Music Glue official store, and as a digital download single.

The box will also include five CDs featuring the remastered original album, B-sides, live cuts, other unreleased tracks and alternate versions, mixes and backing tracks; three seven-inch singles, a gatefold double-LP, various memorabilia and a 52-page hardback photo book featuring sleeve notes, interviews, photography and essays from the Who’s Pete Townshend and journalist Kate Mossman. 

The Village Green Preservation Society deluxe box set is available for pre-order here. Listen to 'Time Song' below followed by tracklist for the original album:

The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society Original LP Track List

Side One
1. The Village Green Preservation Society
2. Do You Remember Walter?
3. Picture Book
4. Johnny Thunder
5. Last Of The Steam-Powered Trains
6. Big Sky
7. Sitting By The Riverside

Side Two
1. Animal Farm
2. Village Green
3. Starstruck
4. Phenomenal Cat
5. All Of My Friends Were There
6. Wicked Annabella
7. Monica
8. People Take Pictures Of Each Other