- Audio CD (September 16, 1988)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Warner Off Roster
- ASIN: B000002KOW
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Lola versus Powerman and the Money-Go-Round, Part One
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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.
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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Andrew Sandoval has been supervising the bulk of The Kinks reissues (except for the three disc "Village Green" which he did have a hand in but didn't remaster except for the third disc)on CD and this edition, like previous ones, will probably become the ultimate edition for fans of the band.
Slightly compressed and louder than the original CD mastering (although not quite as compressed as the last edition on CD), "Lola" sounds quite nice. If you are sensitive to compression or loudness you might want to stick to the PRT or Reprise CD issues of this album but you will also be missing out on 13 bonus tracks that have never been released before.
The two CD set is broken up with "Lola" and assorted alternate/instrumental versions on the first disc. We also get the previously unreleased song "Anytime". It's a wonder this gem never saw the light of day. We also get "The Good Life" another previously unreleased track plus alternate versions of "Lola", "Apeman" and "Got To Be Free". The disc also includes unfinished instrumental demos for "The Contenders" and "This Time Tomorrow".
The second disc features the U.S. debut of the "Percy" soundtrack on CD (it had previously been released in the UK as a stand alone disc as well as a remastered/expanded edition). Although the film "Percy" deserves its status as a long forgotten film (it's no classic), Ray wrote the music because it would complete his contract with Pye and result in additional residuals.
Recorded within the same three month period and between concert dates as "Lola", "Percy" has a number of tracks that would be stand outs on a Kinks album or single releases. We get songs such as "God's Children", "The Way Love Used To Be" along with some truly bizarre pieces "Whip Lady", "Willesden Green". Filling out the original album are alternate mixes of "Apeman" and "The Moneygoround" as well as the mono mix for "Powerman". "Lola", "Apeman" and "Rats" all appear in their single mono release versions. We also get the mono film mixes for "The Way Love Used To Be" and "God's Children" from the original soundtrack of the film. "Dreams" appears in a remix as a bonus track as well.
Peter Dogget once again provides excellent booklet notes on the making of the album discussing the circumstances around the recording of the two albums. There are also a variety of pictures of the band some of which have never appeared in print before (or rarely).
A nicely done expanded edition of "Lola" and "Percy" this edition unfortunately doesn't come in a digipak like the previous expanded editions (it's in a 2 Cd jewel case)for those who want their collection to look the same on the shelf.
This is a very nice expanded edition that sounds pretty good and will be essential for Kinks fans.
Fortunately, LOLA VERSUS POWERMAN & THE MONEYGOROUND generated a renaissance for the Kinks. Not only did "Lola" give the band their first Top 10 hit in five years, when the album peaked at No. 35 it was their best showing since their 1965 debut album. And with good reason, this is a terrific album with some of their best songs. Dave contributes two songs, the lovely "Strangers" and the hard-rocking "Rats." Ray's standout tracks include the poignant "Get Back in Line," the melancholy "This Time Tomorrow" and "A Long Way from Home," and the follow-up single "Apeman" (which stalled at a disappointing No. 45--although it went Top 10 in the U.K.).
Here are the bonus tracks from disc one:
"The Contenders" (instrumental demo) *
"The Good Life" *
"Lola" (alternate version) *
"This Time Tomorrow" (instrumental) *
"Apeman" (alternate version) *
"Got To Be Free" (alternate version) *
*previously unissued [Total Running Time - 64:48]
Disc two includes the PERCY soundtrack in its first official U.S. release. The album was recorded over a span of about three weeks in October of 1970 and released only three months after LOLA. It did not chart in the U.K., but the project was viewed primarily as a contractual obligation album that got them out of their record deal with Pye.
That is not to say that PERCY is a bad album. In fact, it has a handful of terrific songs. Even if you never bought an import version of this album when it was originally released in 1971, Kinks fans will recognize some of these. "God's Children" (which first appeared on these shores on 1972's double-LP Kinks Kronikles) is a haunting ballad that would not have been out of place on VILLAGE GREEN. "The Way Love Used To Be" (which appeared on 1973's THE GREAT LOST KINKS ALBUM) is a haunting love ballad. "Animals in the Zoo" is a nice companion piece to "Apeman" with some funky piano from John Gosling. "Moments" is string-laden song (first available on the 2008 PICTURE BOOK box set) with some nice guitar work from Dave.
The album also contains a fair amount of incidental instrumental music which will be of interest mostly to hardcore fans. There's a bluesy version of "Lola," which gives John Gosling and Dave Davies room to show their chops. "Completely" is a funky slow blues number.
Here are the bonus tracks for disc two:
"Dreams" (remix) *
"Lola" (the mono "cherry cola" single)
"Apeman" (mono single)
"Rats" (mono single)
"Powerman" (mono) *
"The Moneygoround" (alternate mono version) *
"Apeman" (alternate mono version) *
"God's Children" (mono film mix) *
"The Way Love Used To Be" (mono film mix)
"God's Children (End)" (mono film mix) *
*previously unissued [Total Running Time - 63:25]
If you're sitting on the fence about purchasing this 2014 Deluxe Edition, don't wait too long. Many of the deluxe editions by Sanctuary Records of the Kinks' sixties albums released in the last three years are getting hard to find. Grab a copy now and enjoy one of there last truly great albums. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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