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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Kinks!
This is a great album.Many reviewers are infuriatingly dismissive of The Kinks' 1970s albums.I disagree with them vehemently.The Kinks made fantastic music in the 70s and "Schoolboys In Disgrace" is one example.My favourite track is 'Headmaster'.This is a brilliant song!Ray Davies' vocal is superb, as is the guitar work of Dave Davies; the piano playing is absolutely...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Back to (rock) school
A transitional album that took The Kinks from the showtune-heavy era of Preservation Act 2 and Soap Opera back to more straight-forward rock. The storyline of this concept LP concerns a naughty schoolboy (reportedly based on the life of Dave Davies) and according to the liner notes, he grew up to be Mr. Flash - the villain in Preservation Acts 1 and 2. This makes...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Back to (rock) school, 9 April 2013
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Tim "Tim" (Belfast, Northern Ireland) - See all my reviews
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A transitional album that took The Kinks from the showtune-heavy era of Preservation Act 2 and Soap Opera back to more straight-forward rock. The storyline of this concept LP concerns a naughty schoolboy (reportedly based on the life of Dave Davies) and according to the liner notes, he grew up to be Mr. Flash - the villain in Preservation Acts 1 and 2. This makes Schoolboys In Disgrace a prequel of sorts and the 4th album in the Preservation saga. Although it's generally considered a rock opera and was performed as such by the band at the time, it's more a series of vignettes than a detailed narrative. The songs are uniformly strong and those who craved for the Kinks to play rock 'n' roll again loved it. My highlight is easily The First Time We Fall In Love, which takes in '50s doo wop, Beach Boys-esque vocal harmony (probably the best singing of Ray's career) and a great crunchy rock interlude.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Kinks!, 20 Feb 2013
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This is a great album.Many reviewers are infuriatingly dismissive of The Kinks' 1970s albums.I disagree with them vehemently.The Kinks made fantastic music in the 70s and "Schoolboys In Disgrace" is one example.My favourite track is 'Headmaster'.This is a brilliant song!Ray Davies' vocal is superb, as is the guitar work of Dave Davies; the piano playing is absolutely beautiful, and so are the backing vocals.I love this song!Another great track is 'No More Looking Back'.I also really like the song 'Education'.Ray Davies can write such funny lyrics!I love that in this song, singing of a "lonesome caveman", he uses the word "groan" when most people would probably have used "grunt"!For me, this album is another confirmation that The Kinks are the greatest rock band ever.No other group or performer has produced so much great music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 July 2014
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very good
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4.0 out of 5 stars Honest Effort., 24 Feb 2014
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Allways loved the Kinks from the first time I saw them in 65 with their thigh high boots and frilly shirts. They looked like highwaymen. Great show in the Berkeley Community theatre where they performed it live in '76. Ray Davies best rock words smith...ever. So bit of a fan really. The album itself mixes rock with sing along whimsy. All performed in the best possible taste. The tracks 'Head Master' and 'The hard Way' are rock classics, the latter the first punk recording before the Sex Pistols were ever heard of. Kevin J.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the 'theatrical' albums, 17 Feb 2011
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Mr. G. Jones "sheepbone" (North Wales) - See all my reviews
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I need only quote one line of lyric from a song on this album to convince you of its genius, and that is 'I'm wasting my vocation teaching you to write neat, when you're only fit to sweep the street.' Let's stop messing around here, just buy it. Simple.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some of the Kink s' best songs here !, 6 Aug 2012
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This is a album that includes some great Who like songs: "Headmaster" and "The Hard Way" (covered by The Knack). The absolute masterpiece here is "No More Lookin Back" a great some that could have been one of their biggest hits if promoted.

There are a couple of lets, say "regular ordinary" songs, like "Jack, the Idiot Dunce" and some others seem under developed, but overall the album stands very well.

Hope this album gets a "Deluxe" treatment and can be remixed to get the actual best posible sound.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 30 Sep 2014
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Service and CD both excellent.
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