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Preservation: Act 1

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All Music Guide - Matt Fink
Originally intended as a more thematic rendering of the characters and themes of The Village Green Preservation Society, Preservation Act 1 fails to realize Ray Davies' ambitious goal of marrying theatrical elements with rock. Cutting down from a double album to a single LP left significant gaps in the structure and story line, with the plot coming across as virtually indecipherable, though the work still manages to capture a good deal of the nostalgic charm and caustic conservatism that marks much of Davies' most notable work. Although widely remembered as one of the Kinks' most resounding failures, Preservation Act 1, when viewed apart from the pretensions of Ray Davies, is...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Fink
Originally intended as a more thematic rendering of the characters and themes of The Village Green Preservation Society, Preservation Act 1 fails to realize Ray Davies' ambitious goal of marrying theatrical elements with rock. Cutting down from a double album to a single LP left significant gaps in the structure and story line, with the plot coming across as virtually indecipherable, though the work still manages to capture a good deal of the nostalgic charm and caustic conservatism that marks much of Davies' most notable work. Although widely remembered as one of the Kinks' most resounding failures, Preservation Act 1, when viewed apart from the pretensions of Ray Davies, is really not that weak. While it may not work as a cohesive concept album, when taken on a track by track basis, some truly outstanding songs float to the top. No doubt, "Sweet Lady Genevieve" would not be out of place on an album like Something Else, just as the Dylanesque phrasing of "Where Are They Now?" or the brass section of "Cricket" would not be all that out of place on Muswell Hillbillies. The muscular, straightforward rock of "One of the Survivors" and the Beatles-circa-Abbey Road pop of "Money & Corruption/I Am Your Man" are decent, despite being second-tier Davies compositions. The low points, while rarely embarrassing, sound something like psychedelic show tunes and are plagued by a lack of focus and some of Davies' less poetic musings. This may have been the first slip on a long and steady decline for the Kinks, but if Preservation Act 1 is, indeed, one of their worst albums, it speaks volumes about how prolific a run they had.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2008
  • Label: Velvel Records
  • UPC: 634677983016
  • Catalog Number: 79830

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Kinks Primary Artist
Dave Davies Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals
Krysia Kocjan Vocals
Ray Davies Guitar, Vocals
Mick Avory Drums
John Beecham Trombone, Tuba, Horn
Laurie Brown Flute, Trumpet, Horn, Tenor Saxophone
Sue Brown Vocals
John Dalton Bass, Bass Guitar
John Gosling Keyboards
Alan Holmes Clarinet, Horn, Baritone Saxophone
Lee Pavey Vocals
Lewis Rich Vocals
Pamela Travis Vocals
Technical Credits
Dave Davies Engineer
Ray Davies Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Mike Bobak Engineer
Doug Hinman Artwork, Reissue Photography
Bob Ludwig Remastering
Stanley Myers String Arrangements
Alan Silverman Mastering
Roger Beale Engineer
Peter Doggett Liner Notes
K. Lee Hammond Reissue Design
Bill Crowley Reissue Producer
Klaus Schmalenbach Artwork, Reissue Photography
Albert Pinheiro Engineer, Archival Tape Engineer
Cristina Battani Art Direction
Ryan Tully Engineer, Archival Tape Engineer
Dawn Frank Engineer
Graham Hogg Engineer, Archival Tape Engineer
Pat Doyle Art Direction
Christopher Hopper Cover Photo
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