- 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)
Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround / Percy Deluxe Edition, Double CD
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
'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'.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought as a gift but the user seems very happy with this CD.Published 11 months ago by Allan & Helen
This is an excellent value cd of two early Kinks albums. There are alternate takes, someof which have never been available before.Published 14 months ago by Olga Ruocco
Top marks for the music - Lola has always been one of my favourite Kinks albums - bought on vinyl when it originally came out. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Chris Bolton
Great album but came without the sealed wrapper and an ugly price sticker that does not come off clean.Published 14 months ago by Terry
The kinks come up with the goods again, another album of Ray's wit and interpreted beautifully by the band,Published 15 months ago by byrds0