The Kinks – Rockpalast Essen (1982)

FrontCover1The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, north London, in 1963 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. They are regarded as one of the most influential rock bands of the 1960s. #

The band emerged during the height of British rhythm and blues and Merseybeat, and were briefly part of the British Invasion of the United States until their touring ban in 1965.

Their third single, the Ray Davies-penned “You Really Got Me”, became an international hit, topping the charts in the United Kingdom and reaching the Top 10 in the United States.

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The Kinks’ music drew from a wide range of influences, including American R&B and rock and roll initially, and later adopting British music hall, folk, and country. The band gained a reputation for reflecting English culture and lifestyle, fuelled by Ray Davies’ wittily observational writing style, and made apparent in albums such as Face to Face (1966), Something Else (1967), The Village Green Preservation Society (1968), Arthur (1969), Lola Versus Powerman (1970), and Muswell Hillbillies (1971), along with their accompanying singles including the transatlantic hit “Lola” (1970). After a fallow period in the mid-1970s, the band experienced a revival during the late 1970s and early 1980s with their albums Sleepwalker (1977), Misfits (1978), Low Budget (1979), Give the People What They Want (1981) and State of Confusion (1983), the last of which produced one of the band’s most successful US hits, “Come Dancing”. In addition, groups such as Van Halen, the Jam, the Knack, the Pretenders and the Romantics covered their songs, helping to boost the Kinks’ record sales. In the 1990s, Britpop acts such as Blur and Oasis cited the band as a major influence.

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Ray Davies (rhythm guitar, lead vocals, keyboards) and Dave Davies (lead guitar, vocals) remained members throughout the band’s 33-year run. Longest-serving member Mick Avory (drums and percussion) was replaced by Bob Henrit, formerly of Argent, in 1984. Original bass guitarist Pete Quaife was replaced by John Dalton in 1969. After Dalton’s 1976 departure, Andy Pyle briefly served as the band’s bassist before being replaced by Argent bassist Jim Rodford in 1978. Session keyboardist Nicky Hopkins accompanied the band in the studio for many of their recordings in the mid-to-late 1960s. The band became an official five-piece in 1970, when keyboardist John Gosling joined them. Gosling quit in 1978; he was first replaced by ex-Pretty Things member Gordon Edwards, then more permanently by Ian Gibbons in 1979. The band gave its last public performance in 1996 and broke up in 1997 as a result of creative tension between the Davies brothers.

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The Kinks have had five Top 10 singles on the US Billboard chart. Nine of their albums charted in the Top 40. In the UK, they have had seventeen Top 20 singles and five Top 10 albums. Four Kinks albums have been certified gold by the RIAA and the band have sold 50 million records worldwide. Among numerous honours, they received the Ivor Novello Award for “Outstanding Service to British Music”. In 1990, the original four members of the Kinks were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as the UK Music Hall of Fame in November 2005. In 2018, after years of ruling out a reunion due to the brothers’ animosity and the difficult relationship between longtime drummer Mick Avory and Dave, Ray and Dave Davies finally announced they were working to reform the Kinks, with Avory also on board. However, comments made by each of the Davies brothers in 2020 and 2021 would indicate that in the years since the initial announcement, little (if any) progress has been made towards an actual Kinks reunion for a new studio band album. (wikipedia)

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And here´s their legendary concert, recorded live at the Rockpalast, Essen/Germany:

There are lots of Kinks concert bootlegs out there, but few and far between that have excellent sound quality. Here’s one of those rare stellar sounding ones. It sounds so good because it was professionally recorded for the German TV show “Rockpalast.”

Alternate frontcovers:

In 1980, the Kinks released the live album “One for the Road.” This comes two years later, and one album later, the 1981 “Give the People What They Want” studio album. So there’s some overlap between the songs on “One for the Road” and here, but the Kinks have such a deep catalog of popular songs that there are lots of differences as well. Seven of the songs played come from the “Give the People What They Want” album, and one song, “Bernadette,” came from their soon-to-come 1983 album, “State of Confusion.” (

In other words: Long live The Kinks !

Recorded live at the 10th Rockpalast Rockfestival,
Grugahalle Essen/Germany, April 3, 1982
(broadcast recording)


Mick Avery (drums)
Dave Davies (guitar, vocals)
Ray Davies (vocals, guitar)
Ian Gibbons (keyboards)
Jim Rodford (bass)

Another alternate front + backcover:

01. Introduction / Around The Dial 8.02
02. The Hard Way 2.34
03. Where Have All The Good Times Gone 2.27
04. (Catch Me Now) I’m Falling 3.38
05. Come On Now 2.41
06. Destroyer 4.53
07. Yo, Yo 7.09
08. Lola 7.06
09. Dead End Street 2.25
10. Add It Up 3.34
11. Low Budget 7.03
12. Art Lover 4.03
13. Back To Front 4.35
14. A Gallon Of Gas 4.15
15. Celluloid Heroes 8.25
16. Till The End Of The Day 2.41
17. Bernadette 4.51
18. All Day And All Of The Night 5.56
19. Give The People What The Want 4.45
20. Pressure 2.28
21. You Really Got Me 4.50
22. Stop Your Sobbing 1.21
23. David Watts 2.55

All songs written by Ray Davies



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