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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002KOW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,144 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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Lola , of course, became a classic-rock radio mainstay, but this entire 1970 LP is nothing less than essential: Apeman; Got to Be Free; A Long Way from Home; Rats , and more songs that run from the funny to the furious.

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 Ray's brother, Dave ("Strangers," "Rats"), and you have the Kinks at their raucous, righteous, quirky quintessence. --Steven Stolder

Customer Reviews

Here is the order in which I recommend buying their albums: 1.
One of the best albums ever produced...for me, the best of the Kinks...yes it's top of the pops...
Oscar Vargas Guevara
Musically, the album continues the Kinks' tradition of diversity.
David S. Lessenberry

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73 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Gianmarco Manzione on August 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Customer reviews are certainly no place for bickering and personalized debate, but I really must dispute the astounding assertions of a few reviews below. There can be no question that this album serves as both a fantastic starting place for novices as well as one of the top 20 rock albums of all time. Never mind the defining single, "Lola." This album also features the fullest sound The Kinks yet achieved with blistering rockers like Dave's "Rats" or Ray's "Top of the Pops" and "Powerman." It is also the band's most varied album; one of the rare moments at which both Dave and Ray were at the top of their games as songwriters and musicians. Equally as engaging as the rockers are Dave's enchantingly fragile "Strangers" -- the best song he ever wrote -- and Ray's striking and forgotten piano ballad, "A Long Way From Home" or the slightly more aggressive "Get Back Into The Line." "Lola Versus Powerman and the Money-go-Round" is the one Kinks album that comprises every aspect of the band's well-deserved reputation: both the rough edges and the gentle heart, the ability of Dave to write with just as much poignancy as his prolific older brother, and Ray's knack for writing an album whose music is not compromised by its focus on a linear narrative. "Schoolboys in Disgrace" and the Preservation Act albums would demonstrate just how delicate a line Ray toted when he gave in to his artistic craving for plot rock: the albums betrayed musicianship in favor of the characters and stories it adorned. But "Lola . . ." and the equally intense "Muswell Hillbillies" extended the unique accomplishments of prior concept albums, "Village Green" and "Arthur." This 1970 landmark is every bit the rock 'n roll destination that so many critics and mature listeners claim it is, and suggestions to the contrary derive only from those who weren't there or fail to connect with the distinctly literary rock Ray and Dave cranked out over the decades.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By "" on March 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
When Ray Davies decided to write albums (starting with Face to Face), the Kinks began a run of amazing albums that ended with this album (Muswell Hillbillies was good, but didn't hold a candle to this). As a "concept" album, there's none better, but, forget the concept and just appreciate some of the finest songwriting you're ever likely to hear. Great melodies, great themes, humor, pathos, love...Davies proves his mastery of the art of songwriting. It's useless to compare these guys to anyone else - they are so totally unique. Sure, its got Lola, simply one of the coolest songs ever written, but that's only a teaser. A Long Way From Home, Strangers, This Time Tomorrow, etc., are poignant, wonderful songs. If you want love songs, you'll need to look elsewhere. These songs concern themselves with the hypocracy of the music business and the travel, pressure and lonliness that goes with it. Never has been a more poignant commentary, and probably more true today than then.
It's also worth noting that this Ray Davies produced album is sonically very fine, and the band is never tighter.
I don't know how anyone could really expect more from a pop album than this one delivers.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The music here is pretty much exellent which you can tell from most of the other reviews. The one thing that I had trouble finding out about when i was thinking about buying this was the story told w/ in the album. There is a great story here. The basic story is a follows:
A group or artist is trying to make it big in the music buisness because he/they are frustrated w/ all of the other options and wants to "get out of this world" (intro/contenders). He then meets either other members of the band or a girlfriend when he comes to the city to try to make it big (Strangers). After this he tries to get a publisher where is amazed by the lack of intrist by them and they way they don't care about music at all (Denmark Street). Now, he tries to make a hit but keeps getting knocked down by the high ups in the buisness (Get Back In Line). Then one day he his down and goes to a bar where he gets his insperation for his big hit, a cross dresser named lola (Lola). Lola becomes a hit and the song climbs the charts w/ other normal hit makers (Top Of The Pops). He/they is/are now rich. This causes more problems as everyone from old friends to soliciters are bugging him for money (moneygoround). He now worries about what will happen to him and the pressure that the music buis is putting on him (this time tomorrow).
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By S. Handlin on April 15, 2007
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If you are viewing this item right now you probably already know about the significance of this album. I have owned the old domestic Reprise edition for years now and just recently picked up this pressing. The sound quality is superior and the booklet is handsome and much more informative. You will not regret buying this import in lieu of the older, more common Reprise pressing.
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