If you want to talk Metal, let's go to the beginning. The birth of the mighty riff coupled with distorted guitar can be attributed to Ray and Dave Davies and The Kinks song "You Really Got Me". This is pretty much undisputed amongst Metal historians. Now, this was in 1964 and no one would claim that it was metal, but it is where it all started. Certainly, The Kinks were the heaviest of the British Invasion bands. They lit the torch and passed it to the likes of Cream, Hendrix, Zeppelin, and Sabbath who eventually used it to set the world on fire.

This compilation is a celebration of the metal foundation built by The Kinks. "You Really Got Me" has been left off because, between The Kinks and Van Halen versions, it is pretty played out. Instead, we start out with the follow up single "All Day And All Of The Night" which has every bit of the heft that its predecessor did. This is followed by "I Need You" and "Till The End Of The Day" which are both done in that early style. "Rainy Day In June" is as close to doom as you are going to get for 1966, and, perhaps, there is nothing quite like it until Sabbath comes on the scene a few years later. "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" is an unrepentant anthem of rebellion. Other notable items are the dark atmosphere of "Wicked Annabella" and the brutal imagery of "Some Mother's Son". As the years advance, the bite moves from the music to the lyrics, but each of these tracks has a unique flavor that makes it worth your time.

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The Kinks - Barking Chicken Sessions
01 all day and all of the night 1964
02 i need you 1965
03 till the end of the day 1965
04 rainy day in june 1966
05 i'm not like everybody else 1966
06 big black smoke 1966
07 dead end street 1966
08 death of a clown 1967
09 wicked annabella 1968
10 mindless child of motherhood 1969
11 some mother's son 1969
12 brainwashed 1969
13 shangri-la 1969
14 top of the pops 1970
15 rats 1970
16 powerman 1970
17 20th century man 1971
18 shepherds of the nation 1974
19 have another drink 1975
20 headmaster 1975
21 live life 1978
22 destroyer 1981
"It wasn't called Heavy Metal when I invented it."
- Dave Davies

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