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The Kinks were formed by brothers Ray and Dave Davies in their hometown of Muswell Hill, North London. The brothers began playing skiffle and rock and roll, recruiting Peter Quaife to play bass with them. By the summer of 1963, as The Ravens, they'd recruited drummer Mickey Willet. Eventually their demo tape reached American record producer Shel Talmy who helped the band land a contract ... Read more in Amazon's The Kinks Store

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  • Audio CD (April 11, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Castle Music UK
  • ASIN: B0000089A1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,396 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Contenders
2. Strangers
3. Denmark Street
4. Get Back Line
5. Lola
6. Top Of The Pops
7. The Moneygoround
8. This Time Tomorrow
9. A Long Way From Home
10. Rats
11. Apeman
12. Powerman
13. Got To Be Free
14. Lola
15. Apeman(Demo)
16. Powerman(Demo)

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Digitally remastered 1998 reissue of their 1970 albumfeaturing the top 10 hit 'Lola' and the top 50 'Apeman'.Also contains three bonus tracks: 'Lola' and demo versionsof 'Apeman' & 'Powerman'. 16 tracks total. Also featuresrestored packaging and unpublish

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The Kinks' 1970 effort was the penultimate creation in a five-year, six-album burst that ranks just a notch below the great sustained rock & roll eruptions of Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Stones, and Elvis Costello. Of course, the linchpin to this collection is "Lola," Ray Davies's irresistibly vivid account of the charms of a seductive transvestite. Its daring (for the time) subject matter aside, "Lola" stands as one of the great singles of all time. Add to the list the almost as infectious "Apeman," a slew of funny, shrewd alienated-rock-star screeds ("Top of the Tops," "The Moneyground," "Powerman"), and a couple of memorable contributions from brother Dave ("Strangers," "Rats"), and you have the Kinks at their raucous, righteous, quirky quintessence. This import version includes a mono mix of "Lola" and demo takes of "Apeman" and "Powerman." --Steven Stolder

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A must have for Kinks' fans...at least for this one!
R. Recchia
Side A is the best side to any Kinks album, and taken together the two sides rank it among the best rock and roll albums ever.
Joel Jacobsen
Not really a weak song on the entire album and some great lyrics that one can now hear clearly!!
jansley

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By jansley on January 2, 2011
Format: Audio CD
It is amazing how much better this remaster sounds compared to the non-remastered version by Reprise. I love the Kinks anyway but have gained an entirely new appreciation for this gem of an album because of the remaster. The song that benefits the most imo is "This Time Tomorrow". This acoustic strumming beauty has great definition and instrument separation in the remaster vs a completely muddy sound in the earlier version. The rockers like "Powerman", "Top of the pops" and "Rats" really pop. A great album and possibly the Kinks best overall. Not really a weak song on the entire album and some great lyrics that one can now hear clearly!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 8, 2000
Format: Audio CD
With the release of Lola vs. Powerman and the Moneygoround in 1970, the Kinks had its highest charting album (#35) since its Greatest Hits album four years earlier! The album also yielded the Kinks' first U.S. top 10 single since 1965's "All Day and All of the Night."
And what a single! "Lola," Ray Davies'song about a young man and his love of ambiguous gender ("...I'm glad I'm a man and so is Lola") peaked on No. 9. "Apeman," Ray's look at how man has screwed up the planet, reached the top ten in the U.K., but would do no better than No. 45 in the U.S. [In fact, the Kinks' U.S. audience would return them to the Top 40 singles chart only two more times in the next 30 years--"Rock'N'Roll Fantasy" in 1978 and "Come Dancin" in 1983.]
And that's a shame, because this is a wonderful Kinks album. The album essentially is a song-cycle about the making of a hit record and the pitfalls of the music business. It leads off with "The Contender," which begins with a folky guitar and banjo intro behind Ray's vocal (foreshadowing the bulk of material that would make up Muswell Hillbillies) before breaking into a rollicking, hard-driving song.
Brother Dave Davies also turns in a couple strong tracks: the contemplative "Strangers" and the angry "Rats."
This was the final release in the Castle reissue series of the Kinks catalog. Unlike the previous reissues, the bonus tracks are fewer (three of the other reissues had 10 or more bonus tracks) and none of them are previously unreleased. What you do get is the "cherry cola" version of "Lola," and demos of "Apeman" and "Powerman."
Of the second wave of British Invasion bands, the Kinks are rivalled only by The Who. This is a must-have addition to any serious Kinks fan collection. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 13, 2002
Format: Audio CD
As an avid Kinks fan, I can say that this is one of the bands best pieces of work. Musically very different from ARTHUR, this album blends very well and every song is entertaining. From the deliciously scathing DENMARK STREET to the gentle A LONG WAY FROM HOME and of course LOLA her(or HIM?)self. This album is a vicious attack on the pretentious pop machine that in just five or six short years after this album would bring on (AAAGH!) disco. STRANGERS (definately one of Dave's more poignant compositions) helps distinguish the album's friends from its enemies. Like VILLAGE GREEN, LOLA is a must-have for any Kinks fan, and if you don't know a lot about the Kinks, this disc is a good introduction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Ray has always managed to turn personal disaster into potent musical poetry. Having mined his own nervous break down and jealousy of brother Dave for classic material, he spun his bitterness at the music industry, the experience of endless touring and his close encounter with a transsexual into music gold.
The playing is sharp throughout but the demo version of Apeman demonstrated that some of the best material never made it to LP. Dave's guitar solo gives the song bite and it's actually superior to the album version. Originally released on a single in Europe, this version of Apeman hasn't been heard in the US before.
Dave contributes two strong tracks with Strangers every bit the equal of Ray's best material on the album. After Lola the band's albums would show a sharp decline in quality. Both Everybody's in Showbiz and Muswell Hillbillies have their moments equal to the best the band ever produced, but both are inconsistent.
The mastering is an improvement here over some of the other Castle reissues (particularly Something Else) but not quite as good as the Japanese import released in 2000.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joel Jacobsen on May 20, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Side A is the best side to any Kinks album, and taken together the two sides rank it among the best rock and roll albums ever. "Lola" is perfect -- the riff, the chorus, but also the teasing ambiguity of the lyric, its double entendres capturing the essence of the subject matter. But then "Lola" is followed by "Top of the Pops", without doubt the funniest great three-chord rocker ever, and it's surrounded by a lot of other superb songs in a wide variety of styles, from Dave's obligatory hard rockers, to calypso ("Apeman"), to English music hall ("Denmark Street" and "Money-Go-Round"), and even the country-folk sound later explored in "Muswell Hillbillies" ("Intro" and "Got to be Free"). The pacing of the track selection, especially on side A, is particularly satisfying.
There's a hint of a storyline (poor young man comes to big city and, after struggling as a day laborer, finds unexpected success as rock singer, only to find it doesn't solve life's problems), which is clearer than the story behind "Arthur" but not nearly as intrusive as that of "Preservation" or even "Schoolboys in Disgrace". And it's very, very funny -- how many rock and roll albums can you say that about?
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