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Lola versus Powerman and the Money-Go-Round, Part One

The KinksAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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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 (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002KOW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,195 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

Editorial Reviews

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

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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.

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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock 'N Roll Monument 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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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Yes, it's number 1, it's Top of the Pops" 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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even Their Best-Known Album Is Underrated! January 8, 2009
In 1966, the release of the Kinks' "Face to Face" marked the beginning of an incredible run of artistic successes ("Face to Face," "Something Else," "The Village Green Preservation Society," and "Arthur") that didn't make the Kinks a bloody shilling.

In 1970, "Lola vs. the Powerman & the Money-Go-Round" was the first real commercial success the Kinks had scored in the U.S. since the early days of the British Invasion. As other reviewers have mentioned, this was largely due to the popularity, novelty, and airplay of the single, "Lola." Also, the Kinks were able to begin touring in the U.S. again (a long, ugly story).

This album embodies several ironies. It may be the most well-known of the Kinks' albums, but it is still severely underrated. Also, "Lola" is probably the weakest track on the album, especially viewed in hindsight. It certainly lacks the emotional impact of "Get Back in Line," "Rats," or "This Time Tomorrow." Finally, this album is often considered the last "classic" Kinks' album, in contrast to their work for RCA in the 1970s. However, "Lola vs. Powerman" really has a lot more common with the "rock operas" of the latter RCA period, rather than the albums immediately following it ("Muswell Hillbillies" and "Everybody's in Show Biz").

Over the years, the only real critcism of this album that I have seen is something to the effect of, "it's a heavy concept album, but I'm not sure what that concept is." Take out the Dave Davies' numbers and "Lola," and you essentially have an opera. "Lola vs. the Powerman" is obviously about life as a musician and the nature of the music business. More importantly, it is a story of loss, struggling with relationships, and realizing that fulfilling a dream isn't the end of the story. That is, the hero of "Lola vs.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Sound and Lovingly Packaged 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 5-Star Reissue, 3-Star Packaging
This is a fantastic album, and the addition of long lost soundtrack Percy makes this a 5-star purchase. My only gripe is the packaging. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Uncle E
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great recording.
Published 3 days ago by dallmodog
5.0 out of 5 stars There is no need to waste ink on the quality of the music on this ...
There is no need to waste ink on the quality of the music on this LP and its place in the discography of the Kinks. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Kid Charlemagne
5.0 out of 5 stars Reissue of Kinks Klassic includes the soundtrack to "Percy", bonus...
"Lola Versus Powerman & The Moneygoround, Part One" (there never was a part two)arose out of a difficult time in The Kinks career. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Wayne Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! Worth the wait.
This release is GREAT! Sound quality is as good as it gets, and there are a lot of bonus tracks/alternate versions. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Douglas Devers

"Lola" has never been as popular as some of the Kinks' earlier albums, but it's still a favorite of many fans (like me) who... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Stuart Jefferson
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Thought this was something I should own. It's okay but not the must have album others seem to think
Published 15 days ago by Damien
5.0 out of 5 stars YES! Go for it
This album's clever, catchy, lasting, and thorough. BUY IT!! It's stacked from start to finish with perfect for-the-era Brit pop-rock. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars 5IVE STARS NO DOUBT
I guess I always thought that Kinks songs were simultaneously critical of British society while somehow seeking its restoration, as Ray veered towards music hall while Dave headed... Read more
Published 2 months ago by George Kaplan
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums ever
This was a replacement for a CD i had broken.
This is an excellent album. Everyone should own it. And i don't mean tracks should be downloaded. This is an album.
Published 2 months ago by M. E. Dorn
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