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UK Jive

3.8 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (September 20, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000008HCS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,696 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By G. Eggens on August 1, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I had high expectations when UK Jive was released in 1989. It was the groups' 25th anniversary and they had just been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Together with the release of a new album I was hoping that it would give the waning popularity of the group a boost. When I first heard the album I knew this wasn't going to be the case. In fact, this was the very first time I was really disappointed in a new Kinks album.

Over the years I've grown to appreciate the album for what it is but sometimes I wonder how the reception would have been if Ray Davies wouldn't had made some last minute changes to the tracklist.

For instance, ENTERTAINMENT originally was not intended for release on UK Jive. The track was recorded in 1981 during the sessions of what would become 'Give The People What They Want'. In 1983 the track almost made it onto an early version of 'State Of Confusion'. Why was this 8 year old song added to the tracklist? The Kinks had recorded a fine song called THE MILLION-POUND-SEMI-DETACHED for UK Jive. The track was so good that it was also to become the opening track and the title of the album. Davies suggested to LONDON Records that he wanted to make some kind of extended promo/short film with 'MILLION' as leitmotiv but the record company did not want to shell out the kind of money Davies thought he needed for the film.

Enraged with the decision LONDON confronted him with he decided to pull the track off the album, reshuffle the remaining songs, replaced the casualty with an 8 year old remixed track and retitle the album into UK Jive. Kinks fans interested in how good 'MILLION' in fact is should try to get their hands on The Singles Collection from Castle/Essential which has a nice bonus disc called 'Waterloo Sunset - The Songs Of Ray Davies'.
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Many fans lament that this album marks the beginning of the end for the group. Well, I'm a latter-day fan and I couldn't believe I could get this so cheaply (via on-line auction with postage & handling twice the price of the CD!) UK Jive has some really fine tunes to please any Kinkophile...plus really cool cover art.
"Aggravation" finds Ray Davies erupting lyrically with an onslaught of cathartic lava. Never heard him like this before. I know the feeling.
"How Do I Get Close" displays a heartfelt sentiment but is musically uninteresting.
"U.K. Jive" coulda woulda shoulda been a hit. Lots of fun.
"Now and Then" seems to rue progress to the extent that social and political growth creates conflict. Sorry, Ray. If we all grew and progressed at the same rate it would be an awfully boring world. I appreciate what you're trying to say, but true love and friendship emanates from the human heart, not the land.
"What Are We Doing" asks a lot of seemingly rhetorical questions. What's your point, Ray?
"Entertainment" is an example of why I love the Kinks. To utter a moldy cliche, I can relate. Having recently retired from local television, there was a time at the beginning of my career when I thought TV was something to which to aspire. I'm not sure I could say that today. One of the reasons is laid bare in this song. Plus, there's a great Dave riff to establish and drive the song along. Love it!
"War is Over" has a melody right out of the '60s! Yes, the war IS over. Let's not keep fighting it, but let's not forget it either.
"Down All the Days (To 1992)" couldn't have been more prophetic. From an American perspective, it actually makes me yearn for the Clinton years.
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I was a little hesitant ordering this album as the later day recordings from this band never received favorable reviews, but after listening to it I was blown away. Strong song writing and first class production, no fillers on this baby.Dave Davies really rocks here and really shows what a great guitar player he is, in fact the whole band is on top of their game and let's not forget Mr Ray Davies a vocal style and song writing talent like no other.
What a shame the Kinks couldn't continue, still we have a vast selection of albums to listen too that have some of the best pop and rock and roll songs ever written. In the meantime put on your dancing shoes and jive on!
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By the time this album was released in 1989, the Kinks had passed the peak of their popularity, and this album was not a commercial success. That's a shame, because it is a solid album with some great songs.

"Aggravation" - Ray Davies vents his anger against modern society on this great rocker. This song would have been right at home on the "Low Budget" album.

"How Do I Get Close?" - In this power ballad, Ray laments the loss of deep feelings in a world filled with superficialities.

"UK Jive" - The Kinks threw everything into this song, from doo-wop to a passage from the Who's song "My Generation." It's one of the best songs Ray Davies ever wrote and, had it been released years earlier, could easily have been a top ten hit.

"Now And Then" - Ray's sentimental side was in evidence all the way back to "The Village Green Preservation Society." In this ballad, Ray's longing for Utopia goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden!

"What Are We Doing?" - Ray Davies continues to inquire about the meaning of life, but can't come up with any answers as to why we're here. The song fades out with the melody of the Kinks' song "Destroyer."

"Entertainment" - In this rocker, Ray snarls about modern forms of entertainment, such as sex, violence, murder and rape. It's a theme more fully expressed in Don Henley's song "Dirty Laundry."

"War Is Over" - This ballad is a tip of the hat to old soldiers who fought for freedom, rather than being the typical rock star's anti-war song.

"Down All The Days (To 1992)" - This rocker has a catchy melody, and it's theme of looking forward to the future doesn't sound dated at all, other than the reference to the year 1992.

"Loony Balloon" - Ray's lyrics say it all.
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