Low Budget [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Low Budget doesn't have a narrative like Preservation or Soap Opera, but Ray Davies cleverly designed the album as a sly satire of the recession and oil crisis that gripped America in the late '70s -- thereby satisfying his need to be a wry social commentator while giving American audiences a hook to identify with. It was a clever move that worked; not only did Low Budget become their highest-charting American album not counting the 1966 Greatest Hits compilation, but it was also a fine set of arena rock, one of the better mainstream hard rock albums of its time. And it certainly was of its time -- so much so that many of the concerns and production techniques ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Low Budget doesn't have a narrative like Preservation or Soap Opera, but Ray Davies cleverly designed the album as a sly satire of the recession and oil crisis that gripped America in the late '70s -- thereby satisfying his need to be a wry social commentator while giving American audiences a hook to identify with. It was a clever move that worked; not only did Low Budget become their highest-charting American album not counting the 1966 Greatest Hits compilation, but it was also a fine set of arena rock, one of the better mainstream hard rock albums of its time. And it certainly was of its time -- so much so that many of the concerns and production techniques have dated quite a bit in the decades since its initial release. Nevertheless, that gives the album a certain charm, since it now plays like a time capsule, a snapshot of what hard rock sounded like at the close of the '70s. Perhaps not so coincidentally, Davies' songwriting fluctuates throughout the album, since it's dictated as much by commercial as artistic concerns, but the moments when he manages to balance the two impulses -- as on the disco-fueled "Wish I Could Fly Like Superman," the vaudevillian "Low Budget," "A Gallon of Gas," the roaring "Attitude" possibly their best hard rocker of the era, by the way, and "Catch Me Now I'm Falling," where Davies takes on the persona of America itself -- are irresistible. Low Budget may not have the depth of, say, Arthur or Village Green, but it's a terrifically entertaining testament to their skills as a professional rock band and Davies' savvy as a commercial songwriter.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2006
  • Label: Velvel Records
  • UPC: 634677981760
  • Catalog Number: 79817

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Kinks Primary Artist
Dave Davies Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals
Ray Davies Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Mick Avory Drums
Nick Newell Saxophone, Group Member
Jim Rodford Bass Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Ray Davies Composer, Producer, Audio Production, Original Concept
Gary Gross Original Cover Photography
Doug Hinman Reissue Art, Discographical Annotation, Reissue Photography
Bob Ludwig Mastering
John Rollo Engineer
Ebet Roberts Reissue Art, Reissue Photography
K. Lee Hammond Reissue Art
Donn Davenport Art Direction
Ron Kellum Art Direction
Bill Crowley Reissue Producer
Albert Pinheiro Archival Tape Engineer
Ryan Tully Archival Tape Engineer
Fred Schruers Liner Notes
Shawn R. Britton Mastering
Graham Hogg Archival Tape Engineer
Rob Gillis Liner Notes
The Russell Smith Orchestra Reissue Art, Reissue Photography
Jason Brabazon Discographical Annotation
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