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Preservation Act 1

18 Oct 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 Kinks Properties Limited, under exclusive licence to Universal Music TV a division of Universal Music Operations Limited
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  • Total Length: 46:50
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  • ASIN: B0046C2KOC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,143 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L. F. G. Ballinger on 23 July 2010
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Whether you consider Ray Davies' PRESERVATION project an underrated masterpiece or a sprawling folly, there's no getting away from the fact that it was The Kinks' most ambitious work of the 1970s. Having developed as an extension of the band's 1968 album VILLAGE GREEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY, PRESERVATION depicts a British populace under the thumb of its own greed and cynicism. Against this backdrop, two characters, Mr. Black and the spiv-like Mr. Flash, fight it out for governance of the people, each one claiming that they'll bring the citizens their longed-for salvation - unfortunately, most of this epic tussle doesn't take place until PRESERVATION ACT 2!

Apparently, Ray Davies had intended to release PRESERVATION as one double-album; however, pressure from RCA Records resulted in an eventual three-record set, with the single-disc ACT 1 hitting stores in late 1973, and the double-album comprising ACT 2 arriving the following summer.

As a result, all that PRESERVATION ACT 1 really gives us is an introduction to several of the rock opera's intended characters, a few of which, including the ageing rocker Johnny Thunder and the Vicar, were nowhere to be seen - or rather heard - on the forthcoming ACT 2. Consequently, PRESERVATION ACT 1 can't help but sound a little inconclusive. Despite this, whereas for me ACT 2 drifts perilously close to the traditions of musical theatre, which need their visual impact and audience interaction to be effective - as well as being bereft of really decent tunes - ACT 1 contains a number of gems to hold the listener's attention.

'Sweet Lady Genevieve' and the gorgeous 'Sitting In The Midday Sun' encapsulate the best of The Kinks' gift for matching melodicism with Davies' lyrical charm and poignancy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim on 31 May 2013
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With this album The Kinks embarked on a 4 album-long foray in the world of rock opera. Their 1969 album Arthur was considered one of the earliest examples of the form but it does little to prepare oneself for the epic 3 LP-long (4 if you count the 'prequel' Schoolboys In Disgrace) Preservation saga. Taking in a complex story with music spanning from classic Kinks pop to showtunes, the workload Ray Davies took on for the entire Preservation project is incredible, especially considering his personal life was crumbling around him at the time. The chronicle starts with this, a relatively subdued pop/rock album which is more accessible and song-driven than the following year's Act 2. It's more a collection of character sketches (sound familiar?) to set the scene and contains some of the most beautiful songs Davies ever wrote (Sweet Lady Genevieve, Sitting In The Midday Sun...). Because it contains little narrative, it stands up alone and doesn't need to be listened to back to back with Act 2 to be fully enjoyed.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luile on 20 July 2010
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Preservation Act 1 has its good momments, but sounds certainly under produced. This album and the next one "Preservation Act 2" both sound as if Ray Davies was trying to emulate The Who s' Tommy succes.

2. Morning Song: Good song, short opening for the next one.
3. Daylight: Very good song and great opener.
4. Sweet Lady Genevieve: This song simply should have been one of the Kinks greatest hits ever, if released as a single. One of the Kinks best rock/pop songs ever !!

5. There's A Change In The Weather: Funny song, for a Broadway show maybe ?
6. Where Are They Now? Dedicated to old rock stars and friends.
7. One Of The Survivors : Sounds under-produced.
8. Cricket : Uneven song, pass it on.
9. Money And Corruption / I Am Your Man
10. Here Comes Flash : Good rift and song.
11. Sitting In The Midday Sun Also very good.
12. Demolition
13. One of the Survivors
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