The Kinks – Something Else By The Kinks (1967/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Kinks – Something Else By The Kinks (1967/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 36:56 minutes | 821 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sanctuary Records

The brothers Davies were in fantastic form on this 1967 album; the songs range from the witty to the wistful: their classics Waterloo Sunset; Death of a Clown , and David Watts plus Two Sisters; Lazy Old Sun , and more! Having closed out their hard-rock period, the Kinks went pastoral on “Something Else”. It’s an album of folk and pop songs about the quiet pleasures of family life and the English countryside, dotted with harpsichords, acoustic guitars, and ethereal harmonies. A radical rejection of the Age of Aquarius, it was one of the boldest pop albums of its time, a commercial failure but an artistic landmark. In “Two Sisters,” Ray Davies sings about a wild, swinging woman and her homemaking sister, and dares to side with the latter. Other songs include “Afternoon Tea,” surely the first rock song ever written on that subject, and the majestic “Waterloo Sunset,” which has been described as the most beautiful song ever written in the English language.

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The Kinks – Lola vs. Powerman and the Moneygoround, Pt. 1 (1970/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Kinks – Lola vs. Powerman and the Moneygoround, Pt. 1 (1970/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 40:04 minutes | 922 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: 7Digital | Front Cover | © Sanctuary Records

Lola , of course, became a classic-rock radio mainstay, but this entire 1970 album is nothing less than essential: Apeman; Got to Be Free; A Long Way from Home; Rats , and more songs that run from the funny to the furious.

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The Kinks – Arthur or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire (1969/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Kinks – Arthur or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire (1969/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 48:49 minutes | 1,08 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sanctuary Records

HighRes-ReMaster of this 1969 album from the iconic British Rock band led by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. “Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)” is the seventh studio album by The Kinks, released in October 1969. Kinks frontman Ray Davies constructed the concept album as the soundtrack to a Granada Television play and developed the storyline with novelist Julian Mitchell; however, the television programme was cancelled and never produced. The rough plot revolved around Arthur Morgan, a carpet-layer, who was based on Ray Davies’ brother-in-law Arthur Anning.

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The Kinks – Schoolboys in Disgrace (1975/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Kinks – Schoolboys in Disgrace (1975/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 36:24 minutes | 738 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Legacy Recordings

Ray Davies had indulged himself one time too often with Soap Opera, and his bandmates, namely brother Dave and founding member Mick Avory, revolted, insisting that their sixth RCA album sound more like a Kinks album (certainly, that’s something RCA wanted too). So, Davies designed their next album as a return to a simpler, band-oriented sound. Of course, he didn’t jettison his love for conceptual works, so Schoolboys in Disgrace was born. Working under the presumption that a return to simple rock demanded a simple theme, Davies constructed the album as a nostalgic trip through childhood, reviving ’50s rock & roll (including the occasional doo wop harmony) for the album’s foundation, then turning the amps up high. There’s no actual story per se it’s a series of vignettes, like a coming-of-age film. As such, it’s intermittently successful, on both the hard rock (“Jack the Idiot Dunce”) and ballads (“The First Time We Fall in Love”), but it’s way too campy for anyone outside of the dedicated. And that campiness is all the stranger when married to thundering arena rock; at least with Preservation, the vaudeville made sense in context, but here, the Kinks are pulling in two separate ways, and Schoolboys winds up as one of their least satisfying albums as a result.

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The Kinks – One for the Road (Live) (1980/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Kinks – One for the Road (Live) (1980/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:17:52 minutes | 1,56 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Legacy Recordings

The Kinks’ scattershot U.S. career never fully flourished like that of their British Invasion peers. The most quintessentially British of British bands especially in the increasingly nostalgic songs of vocalist/rhythm guitarist Ray Davies the Kinks enjoyed a spike in popularity in America in the late ’70s and early ’80s. The gold-selling 1980 double-live album One for the Road is a fascinating document of trailblazing elder statesmen who paved the way for heavy metal and punk, but never felt a glorious pop song was out of their grasp. It also proves that Dave Davies is a criminally underrated lead guitarist. Brothers Dave and Ray Davies, bass guitarist Jim Rodford, drummer Mick Avory, and guest keyboardists Ian Gibbons and Nick Newell recorded One for the Road at several concerts in 1979 and 1980. “Lola” is the best-known track from this album, and this live reading was a minor hit single; Ray Davies’ teasing intro shows his playful side. “The Hard Way,” “Low Budget,” a raw, stripped-down “(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman,” “Celluloid Heroes,” and “You Really Got Me” are the other standouts.

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