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4.0 out of 5 stars Ray Davies Versus Powerman and the Money-Go-Round
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
If you like the kinks this is a necessary set for your collection.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ray Davies Versus Powerman and the Money-Go-Round, 19 Aug. 2014
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Rory Collins (London, England) - See all my reviews
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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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lola given the Deluxe treatment, at last!, 27 Aug. 2014
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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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Kinks Klassic that deserves to be re-assessed and re-appraised. Ray Davies at his very finest., 18 Aug. 2014
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John K. Gateley "johngateley" (Bracknell, UK) - See all my reviews
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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'.
There are the usual bonus tracks and extras which are always worth hearing if only to see how Ray's mind was working at the time! The rehearsal of 'Lola' is fantastic, while the final track on the first CD - 'Got to be Free' is better than the final album version - it is very haunting and sounds like you have known this version all your life. This track alone is worth the album price - I am not joking.
All in all - this deluxe edition of Lola versus Powerman is a must for any Kinks fan and worth it If you love 'Lola' as a song, there are plenty of tracks here that give 'Lola' a run for its money. After these two albums, we went off into the RCA years starting with the fascinating 'Muswell Hillbillies' and yet another record company - RCA - that hadn't a clue how to manage the Kinks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Scoop, 18 Oct. 2014
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Morten Vindberg (Denmark) - See all my reviews
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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.

Otherwise, I prefer to focus on the marvelous songs "God's Children", "Moments" and "The Way Love Used to Be". Also "Dreams" belongs in the fine end. "Animals in the Zoo" with its Bo Diddley beat, also works fine while "Willesden Green", sung by John Dalton, is a good song that might mostly have been recorded for fun.

Among the lesser-known tracks the waltzy "Just Friends" is a typical soundtrack number. "Completely" sounds almost like a "Fleetwood Mac" instrumental, while "Helga" really is both melodic and catchy.

As a whole, this release is really a scoop with alternative single versions of familiar songs and a few outtakes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So the UK release comes in a plastic jewel case too, eh?, 27 Aug. 2014
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J. Rosenberg "pop culturalist" (Portland, Oregon) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround / Percy (Audio CD)
From the looks of things on here, anyway. I'm so annoyed that this reissue, which was released out of chronological order for some reason, is not in a digipak case to match all the other albums in the series! Major fail.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An embittered masterpiece., 13 April 2001
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This review is from: Lola Vs Powerman [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Following a quartet of seminal mid- to late- Sixties albums (FACE TO FACE, SOMETHIN' ELSE, VILLAGE GREEN, ARTHUR), this first Kinks LP of the Seventies sees Ray Davis swap his trademark whimsey for a stinging attack upon music industry cynicism. Songs such as 'Denmark Street', 'The Money-Go-Round' and the wonderful 'Top of the Pops' detail his growing disillusionment with the world of pop stardom - and in particular with the legal wrangles in which the Kinks, along with many of their contemporaries, found themselves enmeshed in as the new decade dawned. As with all of his finest material, Davis manages to invoke a particularly English wit with which to attack his subject - a wit that manages to turn what is essentially forty minutes of rock star whinging into an embittered masterpiece (and one that compares very favourably with The Who's attempt to deal with the same subject on WHO BY NUMBERS). All of this, plus two of the bands finest singles ('Lola', 'Apeman') thrown in for good measure - now that can't be bad, can it?
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kinks at their peak, 13 Mar. 2002
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The Kinks are probably one of the greatest singles groups of all time, and like most people who got into them I worshipped their songs through Greatest Hits CD's. But I never listened to their albums. When I discovered this one I was blown away. It was very different to the Kinks I had come to know and love, it was better. As well as the classics like Lola and Apeman, there were songs like T O T P's and the amazing Rats. This is a fantastic album. If you love the Kinks, see a darker side to them through these songs.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars underrated classic, 11 Nov. 2002
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Mr. Neil M. Dalziel "Aardvark" (Salisbury, Wilts United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This 1970 album is not generally regarded as one of the Kinks' best but for me it has an emotional edge only matched on Muswell Hillbillies, Village Green and some of the earlier singles (Days, Dead End Street, See my Friends etc.)Ray has rarely hit the nerve as well as on "Get back in Line" or "Long way from home" and his renowned humorous side is still evident on what is sometimes considered a dark album in gems such as "Lola" and "Apeman" (the two huge hit singles around which the commercial flop of an album was spun). Even Dave chips in with perhaps his best ever Kinks contribution with "Strangers" even if the dire "Rats" with its embarrassing lyrics must rank as one of his worst. High points for me along side the previously mentioned "Get back in line" are "Moneygoround" charting Ray's alleged financial suffering at the hands of his former managers in a mood of upbeat exasperation and the criminally ignored "Powerman" with one of the most powerful riffs you'll hear. All in all this is for me the best Kinks album along with "Village Green" and certainly superior to the likes of "Misfits" and the overrated "Something Else". Check it out!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Little bit more thought..., 9 Dec. 2014
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Top marks for the music - Lola has always been one of my favourite Kinks albums - bought on vinyl when it originally came out. I have deducted a star though because there is no digipack like all the other Kinks Deluxe albums and they haven't included a couple of tracks from the previous reissue. Bit shoddy, I say!
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Faltering Standard, 16 July 2001
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gentle_twisted_mental@hotmail.com (South East England (but not a country house)) - See all my reviews
Not the Kinks of Face To Face or Someting Else... Instead a record full of bitterness and (unusally so for the decade) an extremely persona lone at that surfaced as a last finger at the decade. This is actually my favourite album by the rightful monarchs to the Sixties Throne. Perhaps it's because it sounds crisper to me, being err... a tad younger than your average Kinks fan. Apeman keeps it's tone lyrically but musically moves to the classic tounge-in-cheek pretending foolishness. Is it because it combines all the best elements of the band, the jagged guitar superoirity and the superlatively wry lyrics sliced with the eclectic melody? Of course it is. But it's more than that. The album IS. It is FOR REAL (or even, controverisally, 4 REAL). It has guts and atmosphere. Yes, SIXTIES guts and atmosphere. With lots of axe.
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