The Kinks Present Schoolboys in Disgrace

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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". [A Japanese edition was issued in 2009.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2004
  • Label: Velvel Records
  • UPC: 634677980565
  • Catalog Number: 79805

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Schooldays (3:31)
  2. 2 Jack the Idiot Dunce (3:19)
  3. 3 Education (7:07)
  4. 4 The First Time We Fall in Love (4:01)
  5. 5 I'm in Disgrace (3:21)
  6. 6 Headmaster (4:03)
  7. 7 The Hard Way (2:35)
  8. 8 The Last Assembly (2:45)
  9. 9 No More Looking Back (4:27)
  10. 10 Finale (1:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Kinks Primary Artist
Dave Davies Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals
Ray Davies Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Mick Avory Drums
John Beecham Trombone
John Dalton Bass, Bass Guitar
Debbie Doss Background Vocals
John Gosling Keyboards
Alan Holmes Horn, Saxophone
Nick Newell Keyboards, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Shirley Roden Background Vocals
Pamela Travis Background Vocals
J. Beacham Trombone
Technical Credits
Dave Davies Contributor
Mickey Finn Cover Art
Ray Davies Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Mick Avory Contributor
John Dalton Contributor
John Gosling Contributor
Doug Hinman Artwork, Reissue Art, Reissue Photography
Bob Ludwig Remastering
Alan Silverman Mastering
Roger Wake Engineer
K. Lee Hammond Art Direction, Reissue Art
Bill Crowley Reissue Producer
Janet Macoska Artwork
Klaus Schmalenbach Artwork, Reissue Art, Reissue Photography
Matt Resnicoff Liner Notes
Albert Pinheiro Archival Tape Engineer
Cristina Battani Art Direction
Ryan Tully Archival Tape Engineer
Dawn Frank Engineer
Graham Hogg Archival Tape Engineer
Pat Doyle Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    RCA Strikes Back

    The mystified suits at RCA must have been sharpening their knives for open season on all things Kinks when they got the word on what Davies was planning. After the bloated Preservation Act II, and the just plain weird Soap Opera notice that the next project was to be yet another concept album focused around an English Schoolboys expulsion likely seemed as if it had the commercial potential of watching laundry dry.However as it turned out it was argueably the best of the bands records with RCA.Davies vision of an English heaven would have been incomplete without a trot back through school. Of course it allows his sentimental tendencies to go right off the chart, but in a good way.Titles like Schooldays, The First Time We Fall In Love, and No More Looking Back pretty much sum up the universal (Western) habit of looking at High School through a rose coloured prism twenty years later.RCA must have nearly had cardiac arrest when they realized that the Kinks seemed to have gotten back to the business of rock and roll after virtually commiting commercial suicide through the early seventies.I'm In Disgrace, and especially The Hardway would actually make good singles.Of couse it was way too late for RCA and next year the Kinks would be on Arista and under orders not to mention the term concept album ever again. This album is quite shameless in its nostalgia but also kind of inevitable. Its not really the truth just what we like to think of as the truth when looking back.

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