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Schoolboys in Disgrace Hybrid SACD - DSD

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The Kinks rock hard as they revisit the schoolyard on this great 1975 album.

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The Kinks' concise, typically bittersweet 1975 reflection on the trials and tribulations of the English school system would foreshadow Pink Floyd's similarly themed, if gratuitously unfocused The Wall by half a decade. It would also close out the band's oft-misunderstood "concept" period. Following on the heels of Preservation, Acts 1 and 2, and Soap Opera, albums whose sprawling, Floydian narratives were pointedly deflated by Ray Davies' lovable, Vaudevillian loopiness. Schoolboys has long seemed the red-headed stepchild in that ancestry. But, it's precisely the album's scaled-back ambitions and breezy delivery (typified by the 50's vamping "Jack the Idiot Dunce") that have preserved its charm. Dave Davies' chunky guitar progressions gratifyingly return to the fore on "In Disgrace" and "The Hard Way," while brother Ray's sharp-eyed observations wax alternately cynical ("Education") and wistful ("The First Time We Fall in Love"). This remastered new SACD edition is compatible with regular CD players. --Jerry McCulley


1. Schooldays
2. Jack The Idiot Dunce
3. Education
4. The First Time We Fall In Love
5. I'm in Disgrace
6. Headmaster
7. The Hardway
8. The Last Assembly
9. No More Looking Back
10. Finale

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 24, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: Velvel Records
  • ASIN: B0002IQI7Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,229 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By W. M. Davidson on June 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
After three muddled messes of questionable ideas and unrealized ambition, the Kinks finally delivered a solid rock theatre piece with "Schoolboys in Disgrace."

Ray's material is tight, and the band sounds rejuvenated as they rip through one great song after another, effortlessly moving from hard rock to '50s homages to prog-influenced epics. Dave Davies steals the show with awesome guitar work on "Headmaster" and "No More Looking Back."

Instead of telling a linear story, Ray focuses on individual feelings and situations that are thematically linked but also stand on their own. The result is more like the classic "Arthur" album, and a huge improvement over "Preservation" and "Soap Opera," where the songs were so stuffed with plot they had no room to breathe.

"Schoolboys" is one of the Kinks' best albums and a beacon of creativity and excellence among their spotty '70s work. If you're curious about the Kinks' fascinating but often frustrating rock theatre period, start here!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Cabral on December 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Ray's wit was dripping out of the CD case when I cracked this open. This was their final concept album and it has their best hooks since "You've Really Got Me". This album is so underrated...any song here could have been a hit but sadly not one was. I would call this album `the lighter side of Pink Floyd's The Wall'. It rocks, it's brilliant, it's fun and you can dance to it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By luco on May 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This cd is simply one of the best works THE KINKS ever did, not in production terms but in songs and concept. All songs have some special apeal. Some rock very hard and others simply capture a special feeling or situation. "NO MORE LOOKING BACK" is one of the band s' best song ever; is very sad this song never got the radio airplay or even the band attention it deserved. I still wait for a good rock band to cover it (maybe OASIS?).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baldi on March 27, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Ray Davies and the Kinks can always be counted on to create uniquely interesting and enjoyable music. Each song on this album is a mini-masterwork and it all adds up to one of their finest releases. The concept of their school days in England provides plenty of fodder for Ray's trademark wit and Dave Davies absolutely kills it on the guitar! Listen to his playing on "I'm in Disgrace", "Headmaster", "The Hard Way" and "No More Looking Back" to get a primer in tasty rock guitar riffs and tone. This album was criminally underrated on it's release and I was thrilled to replace my vinyl with this remaster which also contains excellent liner notes. Highly recommended!
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in the 70's I think Ray and Dave were looking to change their sound. Perhaps a more 'electric' edge to it, well if thats so they hit the ball outta the park with this disc. The production is awesome, especially on some of the organ riffs. Dave Davies gives up some of his best guitar licks on this and completely left the old 'You really got me' sound and the 'Preservation' sound in the dust. This is a very polished rock sound.

Ray Davies is still into his 'Flash' personna but this 'prequel' was also the last we'd hear of 'Flash'. Fine by me because after this we only get one more 'rock opera', his "Soap Opera" album. Don't get me wrong I'm a Ray and Dave Davies and their band fan from 1970 on. This is one of my favorite Kinks albums. My friends in High School really took notice of them when I'd spin this on my old Phillips GA212 turntable.

Sound to me is great but now I've a audiophile surround sound and SACD system that I use for listening. This disc 'rocks' on my system. Hope it does on yours too! It comes complete with all the liner notes, and lyrics and MORE than was on the original album. Enjoy.
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