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Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround / Percy Deluxe Edition, Double CD

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  • Audio CD (18 Aug. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Double CD
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B00LHCPP78
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,230 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Contenders
  2. Strangers (Remastered)
  3. Denmark Street
  4. Get Back in Line
  5. Lola
  6. Top of the Pops
  7. The Moneyground
  8. This Time Tomorrow (Remastered)
  9. A Long Way from Home
  10. Rats
  11. Apeman
  12. Powerman
  13. Got to Be Free
  14. Anytime
  15. The Contenders
  16. The Good Life
  17. Lola
  18. This Time Tomorrow
  19. Apeman
  20. Got to Be Free

Disc: 2

  1. God's Children
  2. Lola
  3. The Way Love Used to Be
  4. Completely
  5. Running Round Town
  6. Moments
  7. Animals in the Zoo
  8. Just Friends
  9. Whip Lady
  10. Dreams
  11. Helga
  12. Willesden Green
  13. God's Children (End)
  14. Dreams
  15. Lola (Remastered)
  16. Apeman (Remastered)
  17. Rats
  18. Powerman
  19. The Moneyground
  20. Apeman
  21. God's Children
  22. The Way Love Used to Be
  23. God's Children (End)

Product Description

Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One is the eighth studio album by British rock band The Kinks, recorded and released in 1970. A concept album, it is a satirical look at the various facets of the music industry, including song publishers, unions, the press, accountants, business managers, and the road. Musically Lola Versus Powerman is varied, drawing on the genres of folk, hard rock, and traditional British music hall.

Although it appeared during a transitional period for The Kinks, Lola Versus Powerman was a success both critically and commercially for the group, charting in the Top 40 in America and helping restore them in the public eye, making Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround a "comeback" album. It contained two hit singles: "Lola", which reached the top 10 in the US and UK, and "Apeman", which peaked at number five in the UK.
Lola Versus Powerman was well-received throughout the British music press. A review in New Musical Express called "[Ray] Davies ... one of the finest writers in contemporary rock," and praised the record's British styles and originality. Melody Maker's interpretation of Lola Versus Powerman was Davies "taking a cheeky nibble" at the pop music business; they continued that "The music's pure Kinks simplicity—but it works."

This 2-CD expanded edition comes with deluxe packaging containing Mono and Stereo mixes as well as unreleased material, and alternative versions all re-mastered from original tapes by well-known Kinks archivist Andrew Sandoval. The booklet was designed by award winning art director Phil Smee and comes packed with rare and unreleased images from the era.

Includes previously unreleased content on Disc One, tracks 14-20 and disc two tracks 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, and 23.

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Lola Versus ... has always been one of my favourite Kinks' albums, since it boasts so many great songs (there are no 'fillers' on the album or songs that are 'compromised' to help with the overall narrative structure - as sometimes would be the case on Davies' later 'story' albums such as the Preservation rock operas, and, to a certain extent, Everybody's in Showbiz. Tracks like This Time Tomorrow, Get Back in Line, Lola, Powerman and The Money-go-round are all brilliant in their own right. The album definitely sounds like an early 70s album (nothing wrong with that - it's as if they could be pretty much played live - a bit like the Beatles' Let it Be album). And, yet again, even the bonus tracks contain another hidden gem - this time in the form of the moving Anytime - which with a few more attempts (it sounds like a good quality demo) could have been a really big hit. I wonder why they never released this song. Perhaps it didn't fit with the overall narrative of Lola Versus ... and they weren't confident enough to release a 'stand alone' single. Which is surprising since this album reflects the sheer quality of Davies' writing at this time and arguably this must have been one of the strongest releases of 1970; again its failure to really ignite the charts is a surprise to me but its lack of real commercial success was consistent with the last few Kinks' albums all of which more than held their own with the Beatles, the Who and the Rolling Stones.
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For those Kinks fans (including myself) that bought all of The Kinks deluxe editions over in 2011, it has been a frustrating three year wait for this album to be given the same treatment. Has it been worth the wait? A massive yes. The album is a classic showing Ray Davies’ growing frustration at the music business. A number of artists have also written songs on the same subject but few have match Davies’ ability to match biting lyrics with such tuneful melodies. As an added bonus, there is the soundtrack to the largely forgotten (or make that forgettable) film Percy. This is mostly filler but even here there are hidden gems such as God’s Children and The Way Love Used to Be. In terms of bonus tracks, there are some previously unreleased alternative versions of some songs as well as Anytime, a moving song that has never seen the light of day before. Two gripes though. A couple of songs from the previous reissues of these two albums back in the 1990’s are not available here. Even though none of them was essential, it would be nice to have had these included. The other is the packaging. Why is it different from all of the other deluxe editions? Is it me or isn’t it a little bit annoying when record companies do this? Overall, a well worthwhile purchase.
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This is the final Kinks album on Pye to be given the deluxe treatment and covers both Lola versus Powerman and Percy - the latter being the soundtrack to an abysmal movie of the same name. The Lola Part One album contains the obvious Kinks classic as well as tracks covering Ray's dislike and anger at the shallow music industry. Tracks like 'The MoneyGoRound', 'Top of the Pops' and 'Denmark Street' clearly show his distaste. Of course, the number one single 'Lola' is one of the greatest pop songs of modern times (still sounds fresh today) and again showed Davies to be ahead of his time. Lou Reed managed a song about transvestism two years later with 'Walk on the Wild Side'!
'This Time Tomorrow' - a country-style song - has been covered by Mumford and Sons and featured recently in the John Lewis 150th anniversary advertising campaign. Again, this album wasn't a huge commercial success at the time but has become a classic over the years. It has been typical of The Kinks career that while people respected them as a singles band, their albums never really happened. Things have changed of course with history recognising several Kinks albums as being classics packed with lesser known Davies gems. Tracks like 'Powerman' and 'Strangers' sound timeless 45 years on.
The soundtrack to 'Percy' was at the time - for me as a Kinks fan - deeply disappointing probably because the film was such a turkey. Ray was never the most astute business man (probably like Leonardo da Vinci or Rembrandt!) and so association was the problem. There are - however - some little known gems on the second CD. 'God's Children' is a frail but sweet song, 'Moments' is a neat ballad and 'Animals in the Zoo' is almost the twin to 'Apeman' - the rarely played follow up to 'Lola'.
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Apart from the movie soundtrack "Percy" which I would call a solid 4 star album, I won’t hesitate to rate all the Kinks's Pye albums for sure 5 star albums. "Lola Versus Powerman & the Moneygoround" may not be in the category of "The Village Green Preservation Society" , but it has more than enough to deserve all five stars.

Like its predecessor, "Arthur" the album is a concept album with a critical focus on the music industry. But the important thing is that the album contains a wealth of fine songs. In addition to the two classic hits "Lola" and "Apeman" you will find the very beautiful "Get Back in the Line", which was regular on the group's repertoire in the 1970’s. Also, "This Time Tomorrow" and the ballad "A Long Way From Home" are personal favorites. Among the more thematic songs "The Moneygoround" is both funny and biting. Dave Davies delivers one of his very best songs, "Strangers", which both musically and lyrically is simply great.

Among the bonus tracks the two "new" songs are surprisingly good and sound pretty finished. They may not add anything decisively new, and it easy to understand that they were not selected in the first place; both numbers, though, could easily have lifted on the sequel "Percy". The slightly pompous ballad "Anytime" is not bad, while "The Good Life" is more like a classic Kinks rocker.

"Percy", which in this deluxe version of the "Lola" functions as bonus CD, is in itself an excellent album which, however, is weakened by some uninteresting instrumentals; particularly the version of "Lola" is somewhat annoying.
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