Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Arthur Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire extends the British-oriented themes of Village Green Preservation Society, telling the story of a London man's decision to move to Australia during the aftermath of World War II. It's a detailed and loving song cycle, capturing the minutiae of suburban life, the numbing effect of bureaucracy, and the horrors of war. On paper, Arthur sounds like a pretentious mess, but Ray Davies' lyrics and insights have rarely been so graceful or deftly executed, and the music is remarkable. An edgier and harder-rocking affair than Village Green, Arthur is as multi-layered musically as it is lyrically. "Shangri-La" evolves ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Arthur Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire extends the British-oriented themes of Village Green Preservation Society, telling the story of a London man's decision to move to Australia during the aftermath of World War II. It's a detailed and loving song cycle, capturing the minutiae of suburban life, the numbing effect of bureaucracy, and the horrors of war. On paper, Arthur sounds like a pretentious mess, but Ray Davies' lyrics and insights have rarely been so graceful or deftly executed, and the music is remarkable. An edgier and harder-rocking affair than Village Green, Arthur is as multi-layered musically as it is lyrically. "Shangri-La" evolves from English folk to hard rock, "Drivin'" has a lazy grace, "Young and Innocent Days" is a lovely, wistful ballad, "Some Mother's Son" is one of the most uncompromising antiwar songs ever recorded, while "Victoria" and "Arthur" rock with simple glee. The music makes the words cut deeper, and the songs never stray too far from the album's subject, making Arthur one of the most effective concept albums in rock history, as well as one of the best and most influential British pop records of its era. [Universal's 2011 double-disc deluxe edition of Arthur contains both the mono and stereo mixes of the classic album plus a wealth of bonus tracks: mono and stereo takes of non-LP singles, BBC sessions, and a host of alternate takes and international oddities. Much of this material can be found elsewhere but for hardcore Kinks kollektors, this is a treasure trove.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2011
  • Label: Sanctuary Uk
  • UPC: 602527322742
  • Catalog Number: 2732274

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Victoria (3:43)
  2. 2 Yes Sir, No Sir (3:50)
  3. 3 Some Mother's Son (3:27)
  4. 4 Drivin' (3:15)
  5. 5 Brainwashed (2:37)
  6. 6 Australia (6:46)
  7. 7 Shangri La (5:23)
  8. 8 Mr. Churchill Says (4:44)
  9. 9 She's Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina (3:10)
  10. 10 Young and Innocent Days (3:24)
  11. 11 Nothing To Say (3:10)
  12. 12 Arthur (5:28)
  13. 13 Plastic Man (3:04)
  14. 14 This Man He Weeps Tonight (2:42)
  15. 15 Mindless Child of Motherhood (3:09)
  16. 16 Creeping Jean (3:18)
  17. 17 Lincoln County (3:13)
  18. 18 Hold My Hand (3:21)
  19. 19 Victoria (3:35)
  20. 20 Mr. Churchill Says (3:37)
  21. 21 Arthur (3:17)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Victoria (3:40)
  2. 2 Yes Sir, No Sir (3:46)
  3. 3 Some Mother's Son (3:25)
  4. 4 Drivin' (3:19)
  5. 5 Brainwashed (2:35)
  6. 6 Australia (6:47)
  7. 7 Shangri La (5:21)
  8. 8 Mr. Churchill Says (4:43)
  9. 9 She's Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina (3:07)
  10. 10 Young and Innocent Days (3:21)
  11. 11 Nothing to Say (3:09)
  12. 12 Arthur (5:29)
  13. 13 Plastic Man (3:02)
  14. 14 This Man He Weeps Tonight (2:39)
  15. 15 Drivin' (3:16)
  16. 16 Mindless Child of Motherhood (3:09)
  17. 17 Holy My Hand (3:14)
  18. 18 Lincoln County (3:22)
  19. 19 Mr. Shoemaker's Daughter (3:06)
  20. 20 Mr. Reporter (3:36)
  21. 21 Shangri La (5:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Kinks Primary Artist
Dave Davies Guitar, Vocals
Ray Davies Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Mick Avory Drums
John Dalton Bass Guitar
Peter Quaife Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
The Kinks Art Direction
Dave Davies Composer
Ray Davies Composer, Producer, Story
Brian Humphries Engineer
Vic Maile Engineer
Andrew Sandoval Remixing, Remastering
Andy Hendriksen Engineer
Peter Doggett Sleeve Notes
Lew Warburton Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Daniel Hersch Remastering
Julian Mitchell Story, Original Liner Notes
Alan MacKenzie Engineer
Dave Emlen Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
Geoffrey Cannon Original Liner Notes
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