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UK Jive Import

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  • Audio CD (20 Sept. 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: MCA
  • ASIN: B000008HCS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,528 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you are a Kinks' fan I would say this is 3 - 4 star (I rated it 4). If you are cruising, looking for a gem, this is't it. I find Ray's voice/story telling consistently good - even this period, which I am generally hostile to. However, it contains the only Kinks' song that irritates me beyond belief. That's 'War is over', which sounds like an outtake from The Beatles Rubber Soul. What do I warm to most? The last 3 songs, all by Dave. It seems that the last 2 only appear on the cassette tapes and the CD.
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I agree, ignore the critics, especially those who want to type cast the Kinks and not allow them to move on from the 60's this album captures another place in time, late 80's Ray Davies after the Arista years in America, at his innovative best, harking back to the past but with new light to the future, not frightened to experiment, starts with Aggravation which is almost a continuation of 20th century Man from Muswell Hillbillies Album, stand out tracks for me are 'UK Jive' a real Rock & Roller, 'Entertainment', 'War is over', very appropriate for the naughties, 'Loony Balloon', here Ray harks back to what he does best, singer song writer tongue in cheek perhaps, but this man is an observer of life and boy can he put it on paper, three from Dave more rockers than Rays, Dear Margaret & Perfect Strangers worth a listen. I have this theory that all of RD's material gets better with age, it matures like a good wine, sooner or later it will turn up in an advert or a film and you will suddenly realise you really like that song.
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That the Kinks sounded as fresh and full of energy, while not sitting on their laurels after 25 years of non-stop recording and gigging is nothing short of a miracle and why they really should be given a whole lot more respect instead of fawning over the massively overrated Beatles.
That this album kicks off with a song in Aggravation that could almost be the industrial aggro punks Killing Joke, is followed by a stadium rock choon straight from the FM rock stations of the day, before a fifties style rocker, horns and a piano based ballad continue the flow shows the variety and brilliance that Ray Davies has always possessed. The lyrics are spot on as usual and the production helps to keep it sounding contemporary (not an easy thing with most mid80's rock either!)
The album is rounded off with three Dave Davies songs (admittedly 2 bonus tracks) the best of which is Dear Margaret (about a certain Prime Minister of the time perchance?) which rocks like you wouldn't believe. The guitar playing from Dave throughout is excellent with the required crunchiness you would expect from the man that some say invented heavy metal 9and if that's not reason to give him a knighthood then I don't know what is!)
At the time of its release it may - like most post 1970 albums - have been largely ignored, but it really is time to reasses this most important of Brit bands (no Kinks = no Blur, Pulp or "arty" Britpop!) After all what were their great 60's contemporaries like Dylan, McCartney, the Stones and the Who doing in 1987? It's best not to remember frankly.
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