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A Soap Opera
A Soap Opera
Price: 7.14

4.0 out of 5 stars Best of an ordinary bunch?, 23 Aug 2014
This review is from: A Soap Opera (Audio CD)
When I was deciding which post golden era Kinks albums to keep (i.e. those albums after Lola vs Powerman) back in the 90's, Soap Opera was the only one that stood out in my mind. I recall that at the time of its release it went completely under the radar and was, when it was noticed, thought of as just another misconceived concept album by a once great songwriter. As far as I was concerned it was the best thing they'd done in a while and, I would argue, subsequently. The songs were catchy, it had humor and unlike their other concept albums of the period it worked. With such a suburban classics as You Make It All Worthwhile its a wonder it hasn't cult status. I'll have pudding and custard!

Future Games (French Import)
Future Games (French Import)
Price: 18.05

5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Masterpiece from the Twilight Zone, 8 Aug 2014
This is one of the most incredibly weird albums of all time. Why it has gone completely under the radar since its release is astounding given its originality and overall, might I say, genius. It's Mercury predecessors were OK but nothing the world could not have done without. It still amazes me, given its fragmentary nature (being full of samples, musical snippets etc), how it achieves a beautifully cohesive whole which is at times nostalgic, humorous and haunting. If any album deserves cult status this is it. Come on everybody - let's do the Freakout Frog!

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Puzzling Group, 26 July 2014
This review is from: Spectres (Audio CD)
BOC always struck me as a group which never reached its full potential. Listening to Agents of Fortune and Spectres the albums promise more than they actually deliver. That is not to say they aren't classic albums but that they could have been better. Each of the albums have a couple of weak songs and the vocals throughout BOC's career have a certain dull monotony about them. Despite the criticisms there is something alluring about BOC which sets them apart and draws you back. Precious metal?

The Dark Side of the Moon
The Dark Side of the Moon
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Side of Pink Floyd, 23 July 2014
I was a big fan of Pink Floyd in their early days, not so much their Syd Barrett period but from More to Obscured by Clouds. Even though these albums are now arguably considered a bit of a curate's egg, I found them (and still do) full of surprises and interesting experiments in sound not over produced or weighed down by dour lyrics. I saw them live in Australia in 1971 with an audience of about 500 and found them refreshingly honest and unpretentious. When Dark Side was released I could hardly believe the change that had taken place. The wistfulness had been replaced and 'the concept' had begun to dominate. I found it all a bit excruciating and phony. Fortunately Wish You Were Here redressed this dire state of affairs and is undoubtedly their best album. However, I completely lost interest again with Animals onward. Might I call it the Roger Waters effect. Each to his or her own.

Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon
Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock at its best - forgotten Quo, 13 Jun 2014
This review is from: Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon (Audio CD)
Just before the Quo achieved fame and fortune they recorded their best and gutsiest album which was to become a sort of blue print for what came after. Unfortunately the blue print got so watered down with subsequent offerings that they sounded more pop than rock. After the uninspired Dog of Two Head and a short lived glimmer of hope with Piledriver it was all pretty much downhill for those fans who loved the rawness and quite catchy songs of Ma Kelly which bridged the earlier psychedelic period.

Twelve Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus
Twelve Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best album ever? - in an alternate universe, 21 May 2014
Not too many albums succeed both musically and as a cohesive whole. Sardonicus sounds as fresh today as it did when it was first released largely due to its superb production and its timeless surreal quality. Most albums have a couple of weak songs but Sardonicus' clever merging of the tracks makes everything sound essential. One of those rare albums where everything comes together. Sadly unknown by most of the music listening public.

Back In Usa
Back In Usa
Price: 33.17

2.0 out of 5 stars A step backward, 3 May 2014
This review is from: Back In Usa (Audio CD)
After the ramshackle and blistering Kick Out The Jams the MC5 were put in straight jackets and recorded a bunch of pretty uninspiring three minute songs which sound as if they were recorded in a tin shed. It was like putting King Kong in a cage. By the time they got back on track with High Time their time had passed. Nice cover though.

Muswell Hillbillies
Muswell Hillbillies
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Decline and Fall of The Kinks, 3 May 2014
This review is from: Muswell Hillbillies (Audio CD)
After a string of great albums from Face to Face to Lola Vs Powerman The Kinks went into terminal decline. I remember buying this album at the time and thinking they had sold out to America. If songs about old west Virginia and Oklahoma weren't bad enough, Ray's constant whinging about modern life began to increasingly jar. Although the production was crisp, it lacked that density of sound that made listening to the old records such a delight. There were a lot of struggles in Ray Davies' life at the time and a change of labels which no doubt contributed to his vanishing muse. However, no matter how great any group is they all seem to have a purple patch that defines their career and the rest is pretty much disposable. Even The Beatles White Album was patchy and they finally tripped up on Let It Be and The Rolling Stones records became irrelevant after Exile on Main St. Still, The Kinks are one of the great enduring groups of sixties who produced much great stuff in their prime.

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