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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000008HCR
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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The Kinks went through a resurgence in popularity at the time of the release of this album during the Eighties.

'The Road' is quite a slick and polished affair and offers and interesting array of material old and new, but I have to say, it falls short of the previous live album, 'One for the Road'.

By all means give it a go because it acts as a great snap shot of the Kinks during this period, but if you are simply after a greatest hits package or a something similar, this is probably not the best place to start.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Martin S on 25 Sept. 2009
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This album really is only for the fans or collectors, But does offer some very good versions of at least 3 songs

1)Think Visual- Much better than the album version
2)Lost and Found-Largely forgotten track
3)Living on a thin Line-Dave Davies on vocals

Also the title track "The Road" is rather good.

I would say honestly if you looking for a introduction to the Kinks avoid this, But if you are a fan then get this before the price rockets like it has for all the later albums they did, Which are all deleted now.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Restless Native on 5 Jan. 2015
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Brand new MINT! from 1987
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Awesome hard-rocking live Kinks 1 July 2005
By W. M. Davidson - Published on
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The Kinks are full of grit and dark energy on this awesome live disc. Ray and Dave are in fine voice and the band rocks out fast and loud, never letting the momentum flag.

Some fans lament the lack of staple hits like "All Day and All of the Night" and "You Really Got Me." Well, those songs are on practically every Kinks live album already. Do we really need live version no. 4,867 of "All Day" when we can have lesser-known gems like "Art Lover," "Lost and Found," and "Cliches of the World" instead? (I would have even removed the studio-recorded title track, which is fun but no great shakes, in favor of Dave's fiery "Guilty" or the "Gallon of Gas Blues/Welcome to Sleazy Town" medley they played on this tour.)

Any fan of this era of the Kinks' career owes it to themselves to check out "Live: The Road."
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End Of The Second Wave 20 Nov. 2010
By Philip S. Wolf - Published on
This 1987 release of a single CD of live Kinks isn't well known by very many folks. You see, the great Kinks Komeback that started ro rise up with the release of: "Low Budget" in July of 1979 and then peaked with the "State of Confusion" recording of June 1983, and it was all but over. More records followed the massive sucess of: "Confusion" but by then it was a downhill slide as The Kinks were falling off the radar with the record buyers that were now once again ignoring their records while searching for the new Tears For Fears album.

This CD features twelve selections from mid-eighties live Kinks shows that don't appear as live editions anywhere else. A studio track: "The Road" starts it all off in a autobiographical mode (not a first for Ray Davies) and it's a fitting opener to this disc. Hot renditions of: "Destroyer" and the always welcome: "Apeman" take us into Kinksville in the proper fashion. "Come Dancing" is here and it already (at four years of age) sounds like a proper Kinks-Klassic. "Think Visual" is right-on-target about the video age of MTV and is what the 1980's were all about.

Lesser known songs such as: "Art Lover" are weird and strange, as only Ray could do justice to turning-around subject matter such as what this song is about (I'm not gonna go there!) And the amazing Dave "Death of a Clown" Davies gets his showcase in a brilliant and powerful version of: "Living on a Thin Line" that is quite the stunner. "Around The Dial" is another of those songs that gives credit to radio, and it sounds just fine as a part of this collection. This disc raps up with: "Give The People What They Want" and the eighties Kinks do just that. This is a nice lil' CD of live Kinks that some folks have overlooked...Get onboard, this is a good one.
Four Stars!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Good little live cd 18 Oct. 2004
By B. Kohli - Published on
Format: Audio CD
short track listing - but great sound quality and good track selection - there are some real gems here - "art lover", "come dancing", "apeman" are the highlights

Hard to find but well worth the effort
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Great Live CD 1 Feb. 2011
By MJ Roo - Published on
I was lucky enough to be at this show at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in columbia, Md during the summer of 1987. All but one song on the CD was recorded at this venue. The Kinks were really on fire that evening, even though it was raining outside. There were rumors that it was filmed that evening. I'm hoping at some point in time that this footage will show up on a DVD since we have not seen the Kinks since 1995. If your a Kinks fan, this is a must for the collection..
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Middle, Near the End of the Road 10 April 2015
By Thirty-Ought Six - Published on
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I ordered this a few weeks ago and got it for a decent price considering its out of print and while this represents the tail end of the Kinks commercial life(released in '87), its an interesting snapshot of where the band was at within their final phase as a working entity. Because this was their 2nd official release for their new home at MCA records at the time, most of the material is focused on their 80's output save for the inclusion of "Apeman". Ray Davies also elected to open the record with an original in the title cut, "The Road" which is a ponderously interesting little travelogue about...touring(who woulda guessed?). Dave Davies is featured on his excellent cut from Word of Mouth in "Living On a Thin Line" which seems to crackle with a bit more juice and muscle than the somewhat icier studio counterpart and "Come Dancing" translates fairly well within the live setting as does the inclusion of "Cliches of the World(B Movie)", which I found to be one of the more stronger cuts from State of Confusion.

"It" remains the anomaly of the record with Ray imploring the audience to visualize a housewife in middle America watching television and doing her housework. This track seemingly throws us back into a bit of the theatrical era(Preservation Acts), but its a curious inclusion as it seems to be a bit of a bonus to the more serious fan of the band. I've been trying to figure out where "IT" comes from on past releases and I don't seem to be able to locate "IT". Think Visual was the tour behind this collection but only two cuts appear, the title track and Lost and Found and though these are good live versions, it kinda shows the weakness in material from that particular album. 4 cuts from Give the People What They Want are featured prominently with Destroyer, a curious inclusion of Art Lover and the disc closes with Around the Dial and the raucous title cut. Like I stated earlier, the release of this live document, I think, was put together to please the suits at MCA and although its a decent enough collection, its far from being an essential release to own, at the same time, for serious fans, it is most likely desirable to obtain because of rounding out one's collection of all things Kinks. 3 stars
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