The Kinks - 1968 Top Of The Pops transcription discs Sept 5, 2018 9:59:43 GMT
Post by alexbriggs on Sept 5, 2018 9:59:43 GMT
I wonder if someone with access to the BBC transcription discs of Top Of The Pops episodes 193 and 196 would be able to clear up something that has puzzled me for a while, namely the difference between the Kinks session tracks on these two shows. Episode 193 features 'Days', 'Love Me Till The Sun Shines' and 'Waterloo Sunset' recorded on 1st July 1968 for Top Gear, while Episode 196 features 'Days', 'Monica' and 'Love Me Till The Sun Shines' recorded on 9th July 1968 for Saturday Club. My first question relates to the incredible version of 'Love Me Till The Sun Shines', first released on the 2001 compilation 'BBC Sessions: 1964-1977', and credited as being from the 1st July Top Gear session. But the exact same version, complete with Brian Matthew's link at the end, was included on the 2012 collection 'The Kinks At The BBC', but this time credited as being from the 9th July Saturday Club session. Is it the same version of 'Love Me Till The Sun Shines' on both transcription discs? It does seem odd that they did mostly the same songs at two sessions recorded so close to each other and included on transcription discs released a few weeks apart. The second mystery is that Disc 5 of the box set version of 'The Kinks At The BBC' features a selection of low quality 'off-air' recordings of session tracks that no longer exist in the archives. These include 'Suzannah's Still Alive' and 'Days' from the 9th July Saturday Club session. The first of these makes sense as it wasn't included on any transcription disc, but the 9th July version of 'Days' was released on Top Of The Pops Episode 196, so why did the compilers have to resort to an off-air recording rather than take it from the transcription disc? I assume these all still survive, and I expect a few people on this forum have access to copies, so if someone could check the contents it would be great to be able to clear up the facts.