One for the Road

Previously unavailable on CD in the United States, this classic live document of one of rock's most resilient and influential groups is among 15 Kinks reissues to be offered on hybrid Super Audio CD.

Previously unavailable on CD in the United States, this classic live document of one of rock's most resilient and influential groups is among 15 Kinks reissues to be offered on hybrid Super Audio CD. The Kinks SACDs, more of which will be released in September and early 2005, are compatible with standard CD players and SACD players. Like the Rolling Stones remastered series released on hybrid SACD in 2002, these are issued in stereo and were transferred from original analog masters. The result is a revealing clarity, especially when heard on an SACD player. "One for the Road" was recorded during a renaissance for the band that was partially spurred by other acts covering Kinks songs that appear here. "Road" demonstrates the group's profound influence on rock'n'roll, particularly the punk movement born more than a decade after its original 1964 release. But the Kinks' unique style is an essential component of the British Invasion, encompassing sounds as diverse as English dance hall and heavy metal. This series reiterates the magnitude of their contribution to popular music.—CW