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Lola given the Deluxe treatment, at last!
on 27 August 2014
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.