If you're a Kinks fanatic, then one of the issues you've long had with Napster (as well as every other online streaming service) is the absence of their '60s albums in our catalog. It's a frustrating situation, one that has to do with complex licensing/legal issues that amazingly enough date back to the original contract the band signed with now-defunct Pye Records in 1964. That contract set off an epic chain of events that wound up haunting the band (and their discography) for decades. Even before there was such a thing as digital music, Kinks klassics like Face to Face, Kinda Kinks, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, The Kink Kontroversy and Something Else by the Kinks were long out of print in the United States.
Luckily, however, things are slowly changing. Over the last decade, Sanctuary Records (a subsidiary of BMG Rights Management) has issued deluxe edition CDs of The Kinks' Pye-released output. These are now making their way to Napster. Granted, it's only a trickle: Kinks, Kinda Kinks, The Kink Kontroversy and the mind-blowing Dave Davies compilation Hidden Treasures. Still, it's a huge development for anybody who cares deeply for rock 'n' roll history. Hopefully, this move represents just the beginning.
For our playlist we compiled our favorite tunes from the four titles in question. Needless to say, it's packed with some of the best rock music ever recorded, from "You Really Got Me" and "Tired of Waiting for You" to "Death of a Clown" and "Dedicated Follower of Fashion."