KINKS

Preservation Act 2 (2 Vinyl * 180Gram)

29,26 €

29,26 €

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    A1 Announcement 0:41
    A2 Introduction to Solution 2:43
    A3 When a Solution Comes 3:39
    A4 Money Talks 3:44
    A5 Announcement 0:56
    A6 Shepherds of the Nation 4:12
    B1 Scum of the Earth 2:45
    B2 Second-Hand Car Spiv 4:01
    B3 He's Evil 4:25
    B4 Mirror of Love 3:28
    B5 Announcement 0:32
    C1 Nobody Gives 6:33
    C2 Oh Where Oh Where Is Love? 3:40
    C3 Flash's Dream (The Final Elbow) 3:56
    C4 Flash's Confession 4:27
    D1 Nothing Lasts Forever 3:43
    D2 Announcement 0:20
    D3 Artifical Man 5:27
    D4 Scrapheap City 3:14
    D5 Announcement 1:06
    D6 Salvation Road 3:20

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    Belongs to the tradition of ambitiously bloated rock operas by world-class bands, alongside Quadrophenia and The Wall. Is it as great, or as well-structured, as those albums? Well, no. But just as The Who and Pink Floyd had both evolved to the point where those albums felt natural, so too had The Kinks. Brief pause to reflect on the growth of The Kinks up to 1974: from garage riffing pre-punks to chroniclers of quaint British society to over-the-top musical theater rockers. An interesting turn, one I doubt anyone who listened to 'You Really Got Me' in 1964 could have predicted.

    Preservation Act 2 had been preceded the year before by Preservation Act 1, which I think is a great, tight set of songs. It's been criticized for really only setting up the characters of the rock opera instead of telling the story, but to be honest, the story is always the worst part of any rock opera. I love Quadrophenia, but right now, I couldn't tell you what it's about. I love The Wall, but when the story was visualized in Pink Floyd: The Wall, it was akin to 95 minutes of nails on a blackboard. Perhaps the only rock opera whose story I care about is Tommy's, but that might just be because it's one of my favorite albums of all time.

    Anyway, the story of Preservation Acts 1 & 2 is about this guy called Flash who becomes the leader of the nation and basically ruins everything. Or something along those lines, the downfall of society and all that. Quite a few of the songs on Act 2 feel like Ray Davies is just pushing the plot forward, which can be a little tedious. But The Kinks still sound so damn good! 'When a Solution Comes,' 'He's Evil,' and 'Oh Where Oh Where Is Love?' are all instant classics.

    Most of the songs are indeed good, but I can't decide if the excess here is a sign of genius or a sign of self-indulgence. The 'Announcement' tracks all disrupt the album's flow, and I'm not sure if 'Flash's Dream (The Final Elbow),' with a nasally Ray Davies as Flash talking to the deep-throated voice of Flash's soul, is a good predictor of The Wall or merely godawful. A more solidly successful departure: the addition of a female singer on several tracks, duetting with Ray. I wish I knew her name, but I couldn't puzzle it out of the whole, vasty Internet.

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    Preservation Act 2 (2 Vinyl * 180Gram)

    Preservation Act 2 (2 Vinyl * 180Gram)

    A1 Announcement 0:41
    A2 Introduction to Solution 2:43
    A3 When a Solution Comes 3:39
    A4 Money Talks 3:44
    A5 Announcement 0:56
    A6 Shepherds of the Nation 4:12
    B1 Scum of the Earth 2:45
    B2 Second-Hand Car Spiv 4:01
    B3 He's Evil 4:25
    B4 Mirror of Love 3:28
    B5 Announcement 0:32
    C1 Nobody Gives 6:33
    C2 Oh Where Oh Where Is Love? 3:40
    C3 Flash's Dream (The Final Elbow) 3:56
    C4 Flash's Confession 4:27
    D1 Nothing Lasts Forever 3:43
    D2 Announcement 0:20
    D3 Artifical Man 5:27
    D4 Scrapheap City 3:14
    D5 Announcement 1:06
    D6 Salvation Road 3:20

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