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Arthur Or Decline & Fall of Britain Import

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Japanese SHM-CD paper sleeve pressing. Univ ersal. 2011.

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 30, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • ASIN: B0053MFELK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,021,367 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I choose this rating as AoD&F o BE is a masterpiece with not one filler. All songs whether it be the multi layered Shangri-la, personally the best rock song , or the beautifully crafted ' Some mother son ' .....has anyone heard a war song that would better illustrate the madness of war ?! Even ' she wore a hat like princess marina ' could only be done by Ray Davies, being able to reflect and introspect on the characters with dignity and respect. Australia and Victoria speak for themselves, well crafted, smart and thoroughly enjoyable.
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It's a crying shame that this album is not as well known as its contemporary "Abbey Road" by The Beatles is to this day. This album ranks at least as good as "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver" and yet you hardly ever see this album ever getting into the conversation of which should be among the top 50 albums of all time. Every single track is excellent and as a true concept album using turn of the 20th century England as a metaphor for great expectations that begin in people which end inevitably in settling for mediocrity due to a lack of courage to take chances this album succeeds at every level and like any classic album has to be listened to at one sitting to fully appreciate its greatness.

Full credit to Ray Davies who decided not to settle for mediocrity and to pander to commercial pressures when the mighty powers that be would have preferred more of their earlier material and showing that The Beatles didn't have the monopoly on creative, artistic explorations in the pop music genre. Where bands like The Hollies cowed and stayed "safe" and hence have left behind a catalog that I still cringe to when I listened to it recently e.g. Jennifer Eccles, Bus Stop, Carousel etc every track on this album I thoroughly enjoyed and will continue listening to even though it's almost 50 years since its release.

Everyone should give albums like this one, "Village Green Society" and "Something Else" another listen to appreciate just how great The Kinks really were. Stopping at "You Really Got Me" would be a big mistake and is certainly not representative of what this great band truly was all about and still is given how well the material has aged over the years.
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