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Arthur, we love you,
This review is from: Arthur - Or The Decline and Fall Of The British Empire (Audio CD)
Essentially a rock opera as it has a plot (it was to be the soundtrack of a TV play that was never made), Arthur, although overshadowed by the previous year's Village Green Preservation Society, is one of The Kinks' most criticially acclaimed LPs (and rightly so!). The story follows a man (the titular Arthur) who leaves his idyllic life in post-war Britain to emigrate to Australia with his family. Kicking things off is the incredible, rushing Victoria - a classic Kinks single which brought the band back into the charts after a dry spell (and set the scene for the following year's huge Lola-driven commercial comeback). My other highlights (of which there are many) include the gentle shoulda-been-a-hit Drivin', the epic ode to the 'ideal home' Shangri-La and the multi-sectioned She Wore A Hat Like Princess Marina, which has an incredible frenzied musichall ending. Classic Ray Davies.