Lola Vs Powerman
Extra Tracks, Import
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Digitally remastered 1998 reissue of their 1970 albumfeaturing the top 10 hit 'Lola' and the top 50 'Apeman'.Also contains three bonus tracks: 'Lola' and demo versionsof 'Apeman' & 'Powerman'. 16 tracks total. Also featuresrestored packaging and unpublish
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 brother Dave ("Strangers," "Rats"), and you have the Kinks at their raucous, righteous, quirky quintessence. This import version includes a mono mix of "Lola" and demo takes of "Apeman" and "Powerman." --Steven Stolder
Top customer reviews
The playing is sharp throughout but the demo version of Apeman demonstrated that some of the best material never made it to LP. Dave's guitar solo gives the song bite and it's actually superior to the album version. Originally released on a single in Europe, this version of Apeman hasn't been heard in the US before.
Dave contributes two strong tracks with Strangers every bit the equal of Ray's best material on the album. After Lola the band's albums would show a sharp decline in quality. Both Everybody's in Showbiz and Muswell Hillbillies have their moments equal to the best the band ever produced, but both are inconsistent.
The mastering is an improvement here over some of the other Castle reissues (particularly Something Else) but not quite as good as the Japanese import released in 2000.
So...what's so darn good about this album? Practically everything! You want some nice pretty melodic ballads? Check out "Get Back In Line" and "A Long Way From Home". You want some out and out raucous heavy metal tunes? Listen to "Rats" and "Powerman". You want a nice, fun calypso tune? Listen to "Apeman", one of the funniest songs Ray Davies ever wrote. The country and bluegrass like guitar playing on "The Contenders" and "Got To Be Free" pointed the way toward their next album Muswell Hillbillies. And if acoustic folk is your cup of tea, then there's "This Time Tomorrow".
LOLA may be Ray Davies and The Kinks at their most angry. Throughout the album, Ray rants and raves about the music business and how bad he's been ripped off by his publishers. For "The Moneygoround", another hilarious song, Ray actually mentions the names of people who have ripped him off. If he REALLY wanted to be nasty, he would have given out their addresses and phone numbers as well! Even Dave gets in on the act, with the aforementioned "Rats". Speaking of Dave, this song and the wonderful ballad "Strangers" may be the two best songs he has ever written..at least in my not so humble opinion.
Elsewhere, Ray speaks of how "people want you when your record's hot, but when it drops down they just pass you by" in the crunch rocker "Top Of The Pops", which is another favorite tune of mine from this album. There are some very catchy and way cool guitar riffs on this song. And..I can't talk about this album without mentioning our dear friend "Lola", which became The Kinks' biggest hit in the U.S. in many a year. What more can be said about this enjoyable tune that hasn't been said before, except that it is a fun, upbeat song about a transvestite that you just can't get out of your noggin! The only tune on the album that I can live without is "Denmark Street". Both lyrically and musically, I find this a rather unappealing tune.
But golly...only one bad song on the whole album? That's mighty good for this band! This is a great album and it has not dated one bit. A must have for Kinks' fans...at least for this one!