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The Kinks Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire (LP)

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(Pye Records) 12 tracks - 1980 re-press (single sleeve, b&w labels) Stereo Arthur (Or the... more

The Kinks: Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire (LP)

(Pye Records) 12 tracks - 1980 re-press (single sleeve, b&w labels) Stereo

Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) is the seventh studio album by The Kinks, released in October 1969. Kinks frontman Ray Davies designed the concept album as a soundtrack for a Granada Television play and developed the plot with writer Julian Mitchell; however, the television show was canceled and never produced. The rough plot revolved around Arthur Morgan, a carpet publisher based on Ray Davies' brother-in-law Arthur Anning.

Arthur was almost unanimously praised upon its release. The U.S. rock press covered the film extensively, and articles appeared in underground magazines such as Fusion and The Village Voice. Mike Daly and Greil Marcus reviewed the album in the main section of Rolling Stone; Daly called it "the Kinks' finest hour," and Marcus went so far as to call it "the best British album of 1969." Reviews in the UK were also positive. Disc & Music Echo praised the album's musical integrity, and Melody Maker called it "Ray Davies' finest hour ... beautifully British to the core." (thekinks.info)

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  • Interpret: The Kinks

  • Album titlle: Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire (LP)

  • Genre Beat

  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl record size LP (12 Inch)
  • Record Grading Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Near Mint (NM or M-)
  • Artikelart LP

  • Label PYE RECORDS

  • EAN: 2500006108321

  • weight in Kg 0.22
Kinks, The - Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire (LP) LP 1
01 Victoria The Kinks
02 Yes Sir, no Sir The Kinks
03 Some mother's son The Kinks
04 Drivin' The Kinks
05 Brainwashed The Kinks
06 Australia The Kinks
07 Shangri-la The Kinks
08 Mr Churchill says The Kinks
09 She's bought a hat like Princess Marina The Kinks
10 Young and innocent days The Kinks
11 Nothing to say The Kinks
12 Arthur The Kinks
Kinks Founded in 1964 in London The Kinks are one of the most consistent and important groups... more
"The Kinks"

Kinks

Founded in 1964 in London The Kinks are one of the most consistent and important groups on the English rock and pop scene, although they have been absent from the single hit lists for some time. Under the leading influence of bandleader and author Ray Davies, the Kinks already developed their own aggressive style in the early years of the beat age, which was reflected in the early hits of the group ("You Really Got Me', "Louie Louie', "All Day And All Of The Night', "Tired Of Waiting For You' and others). Finally, the quintet (along with Ray Davies, his brother Dave[voc + g], John Dalton[b], Mick Avory[dr] and John Gosling[keyboards]) developed into a musically mature group that was often compared to the social-satirical work "Arthur" with the Who and their pop opera "Tommy".

Ray Davies now turned more and more sarcastically to show business, which he sharply criticized in his following songs. After the success of the Kinks LPs "Muswell Hillbillies' and "Everybody's in Showbiz ~ Everbody's A Star' Ray Davies wrote the musical "Perservation', after which the currently last LP was recorded by the Kinks, "Soap Opera'.

Original Press Release: RCA Schallplatten GmbH

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