Lola Versus Powerman and The Moneygoround, Part One Original recording remastered
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It starts off with a fine country vibe with gentle lyrics about wanting to be free before bursting in with the electric guitar and shouting about all the constraints Ray Davies found were wrong with the music industry. A wonderful justaposition considering the freedom real music can bring you. Infact most of the album is Ray Davies pushing against the system in which he'd found himself at the time. Basically, 'my music earned 'X' amount of money, how come I don't have it?' The songs are all fantastic, from Daves seriously rocking Rats to Rays heart broken This Time Tommorow, you barely get time to breath with all the musical frustration thrown at you. But that shouldn't put you off, this album is amazing and also includes the hits Lola and Apeman, a wonderful way to round off a brilliant musical diatribe.
This album is one of their finest, and continues the 'concept-album' themes of 'Arthur', 'Village Green', 'Something Else' and 'Face To Face', i.e. life in late 20th century England interpreted by Ray and Dave Davies and band. 'Lola Vs. the Powerman' is also more biographical and self-referential than any Kinks album before or since.
Many of the the songs are pointed satirical ditties about the the greed and corrruption inside the British pop music machine-'Denmark Street', 'Money-Go-Round', 'Top of The Pops'- and the rest are loosely related to that world- life on the road, the problems and alienation that come with too much money and fame.
The album's more modest hit single 'Apeman', and the Dave Davies penned and sung proto-punk raver 'Rats' are about escaping from a polluted and over-crowded industrialized world, among other things. These two strong songs highlight the different styles and talents of the Davies brothers.
But it's the low-key, almost folky songs like 'The Contenders', 'Strangers', 'This Time Tomorrow' and 'A Long Way From Home' that are most affecting. They don't rock like 'Lola' or 'Victoria' but have some typically lovely Kinks melodies. The lyrics seem to be as much about Ray and Dave's difficult sibling/musical rivalry as they are about relationship problems in general.
The production sounds relaxed, not over-produced or fussy.Read more ›
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An album to have and listen to. The Kinks deserved more...Published 4 months ago by Pedro Filipe Carvalho de Freitas
Badman tingZ was well sick init got like bare tunez by d kinks which is wa I paid me mullah for ygmPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Lola, Strangers, Get Back In The Line, This Time Tomorrow... what more do you need to know? An awesome record! (And I appreciate the jewel case packaging a lot)!Published 12 months ago by Theodore S. Carney
I grew up in the 60s/70s on a mixture of Soul and Motown. How I wish that I had been more open then to bands like the Kinks. This album just falls short of 5 stars , although 4. Read morePublished on 25 Feb. 2014 by olly
Here they were, in the midst of legal and management wrangles, which they turned to their artistic if not necessarily financial avantage by producing an album that seethes with... Read morePublished on 10 Jan. 2014 by Dudley Serious
Spent years trying to identify a particular Kinks track that's on this album, but all of the tracks are superb!.Published on 27 Nov. 2013 by Mr. I. C. Edgar
Maybe - a toss up between this, Muswell Hillbillies and Arthur. Ahhh the days when music was good and not made by some wannabe gangsta messing around on a computerPublished on 4 Oct. 2013 by T.H.E. Rodginho