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  • Audio CD (3 Mar. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B0002SG1P8
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Despite the typically poor production, with Ray's words buried in the mix in some places, this is one of the all-time great British albums alongside their Village Green, Muswell Hillbilies and Arthur. The title is perhaps a sign of the self-indulgence at the expense of subtlety that set in from Everybody's In Showbiz on, two years later ('72), but Powerman is absolutely still a stunner. Unlike those from '72 onwards, it doesn't seem at all calculated, and seems still to be a rock album rather than an unproduced musical. This is a marvelous, profound album that takes in the human condition, beginning with the child waiting for the big bad world to happen, and the innocence before it does, to being jobless and at the mercy of others, then trying to make it in the music industry, making it, and being used and spat out, and still having much to do before finishing this life. The cynicism through experience gives way to the recognition that we are all just animals after all, and some of these animals don't want to share what they've got! It ends on a positive note, offering the possibility of being strengthened by all this, and unbowed. This all sounds very calculated, but it's not at all explicit, or songs-to-order as post-'71 would feel. It's truly profound, and once heard 15 or 16 times can be truly appreciated and recognised as a marvelous artistic statement. It is no academic tract however, but rather a top-rate rock n roll album, with tunes, riffs and licks that grab hold and don't let go, in every single song. It's Dave Davies strongest Kinks album too, with great, integrated playing and hist best two songs: Strangers and Rats, the album's two extremes of innocence and cynicism. Above all, there is much more of of Ray's sly social wit on display here.
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The recent batch of re-issued & remastered Deluxe Editions of the Kinks' Pye albums were a treat and just about perfect . . . but for one thing. For reasons that, as far I know, have not been explained 'Lola Versus Powerman' remains conspicuous by its absence in the Deluxe format- as does its companion album, the 'Percy' film soundtrack. These are the only Pye albums not afforded the Deluxe treatment & if anyone at Universal can account for this discrepancy I'd appreciate a message explaining exactly why this one has been overlooked because it is probably the most hard-edged item in the band's catalogue & also features the all-time classic hit 'Lola'. So come on guys, you know the pairing of Lola with Percy as a Deluxe edition makes perfect sense, so why not the make this re-issue program complete?
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Another 5 star, stone cold classic LP from the Kinks which was criminally ignored despite having two massive hits( Lola and Apeman). It contains truly great tracks such as Strangers and This Time Tomorrow which are pure unadulterated genius. I love the humour of Top of the Pops with its cynical examination of the pop business.
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This is the Kinks at their best no question.
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.
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This 1970 release includes the Kink's most popular hit, the trannny-date anthem 'Lola'. Seeing Ray Davies,O.B.E, perform this song at the Queen's Golden Jubilee, with thousands of Brits of all ages and classes singing along, showed how gracefully the song and the writer (and the country) had weathered the previous twenty-five years.
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.
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