CD Arthur [Bonus CD] [Bonus Tracks] [Digipak] (CD 7046325),
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Arthur [Bonus CD] [Bonus Tracks] [Digipak]


  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Victoria - (mono)
    2. Yes Sir, No Sir - (mono)
    3. Some Mother's Son - (mono)
    4. Drivin' - (mono)
    5. Brainwashed - (mono)
    6. Australia - (mono)
    7. Shangri La - (mono)
    8. Mr. Churchill Says - (mono)
    9. She's Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina - (mono)
    10. Young and Innocent Days - (mono)
    11. Nothing To Say - (mono)
    12. Arthur - (mono)
    13. Plastic Man - (mono)
    14. This Man He Weeps Tonight - (mono)
    15. Mindless Child of Motherhood - (mono)
    16. Creeping Jean - (mono)
    17. Lincoln County - (mono)
    18. Hold My Hand - (mono)
    19. Victoria [BBC Studio Recording]
    20. Mr. Churchill Says [BBC Studio Recording]
    21. Arthur [BBC Studio Recording]
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Victoria
    2. Yes Sir, No Sir
    3. Some Mother's Son
    4. Drivin'
    5. Brainwashed
    6. Australia
    7. Shangri La
    8. Mr. Churchill Says
    9. She's Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina
    10. Young and Innocent Days
    11. Nothing to Say
    12. Arthur
    13. Plastic Man
    14. This Man He Weeps Tonight
    15. Drivin' [Alternative Mix] - (remix, previously unreleased)
    16. Mindless Child of Motherhood
    17. Holy My Hand [Alternative Take] - (alternate take)
    18. Lincoln County - (previously unreleased)
    19. Mr. Shoemaker's Daughter - (previously unreleased)
    20. Mr. Reporter - (previously unreleased)
    21. Shangri La [Backing Track] - (previously unreleased)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 227

  • Credits
    ProducerRay Davies
    EngineerAndy Hendriksen

    The Kinks: Ray Davies (vocals, guitar, piano); Dave Davies (vocals, guitar); John Dalton (bass); Mick Avory (drums).
    Recorded at Pye Studios, London, England.
    Personnel: Ray Davies (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Dave Davies (vocals, guitar); John Dalton (bass guitar); Mick Avory (drums).
    Audio Remasterers: Dan Hersch; Andrew Sandoval.
    Recording information: Polydor Studios (01/1969-03/1969); Pye Studios, London (01/1969-03/1969); Polydor Studios (03/1969); Pye Studios, London (03/1969); Polydor Studios (05/1969); Pye Studios, London (05/1969); Polydor Studios (05/1969-06/1969); Pye Studios, London (05/1969-06/1969); Polydor Studios (10/1968); Pye Studios, London (10/1968); Polydor Studios (12/1968); Pye Studios, London (12/1968).
    After the commercial failure of VILLAGE GREEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY, the Kinks could have gone one of two ways. They could have forgotten about making cohesive, "veddy British" albums and gone back to simply putting together album-length collections of unrelated songs. Or they could have moved from concept albums to full-fledged rock operas, full of third-person tunes that would enable Ray Davies to further distance himself from his audience.
    They chose the latter, earning themselves a solid core of new fans along the way. The pleasure of ARTHUR is that, while it shows the Kinks' readiness to tackle the rock opera form, it retains a close connection with their more pop-oriented past. Opener "Victoria" remained a concert favorite for years afterwards, while the delicate "Shangri-La" likewise took on a life of its own outside the rock-opera format. Clearly, the group had more creativity at this point than it knew what to do with. ARTHUR is probably the only album that you could play for a fan of the pop Kinks and a fan of the theatrical Kinks and please both.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (3/6/03, p.73) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...ARTHUR sounds like a quiet masterpiece....Davies' tunes are spilling over with ideas and melodies..."
    Rolling Stone (11/1/69, p.38) - "...An incredible album, the band in their finest form, turning it in from start to finish...a masterpiece on every level: Ray Davies' finest hour, the Kinks' supreme achievement."
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