The Great Lost Kinks Album is a 1973 LP of unreleased material issued by Reprise Records after The Kinks had moved to RCA. The tracks were recorded between 1966 and 1970 and master tapes were shipped to the US Reprise Label in the early 1970s to fulfill contractual obligations with that label. Kinks leader and songwriter, Ray Davies, intended most of the songs to remain unreleased "collateral" tracks for Reprise. Several other songs from these "collateral" recordings had been released on the 1972 Reprise compilation The Kink Kronikles.
Davies and the Kinks management first learned of the album's existence from the US Billboard record chart. Davies instituted legal action against Reprise, which resulted in Reprise discontinuing the album in 1975. It became an immediate collector's item and most of the songs remained officially unreleased until the 1998 reissue of Kinks albums with bonus tracks. Most of the tracks have finally received legitimate release on the 3-CD deluxe edition of Village Green and as bonus tracks on other UK Sanctuary CDs.
The name is a reference to an album that was set to be released by Reprise in 1969 but was held back, eventually morphing into The Village...