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UK digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1969 album from the British Rock band led by the ever-bickering Davies brothers, Ray and Dave. Contains the original album joined by a myriad of non-album tracks, rare mixes and more. 22 tracks. Sanctuary.
Written as the score for a never-aired BBC television drama, Arthur is the story of late-'60s English working-class exhaustion. Perhaps not the most attention-grabbing subject for a rock album, but in Ray Davies's hands it's rich in texture and stylistic possibility. From the rousing ode to Britain's glorious past ("Victoria") to its less-than-glamorous present (that being the late '60s), Davies portrays a life of cautiously reduced expectations. Arthur once dreamed of owning his own business but has settled for a car and an indoor bathroom ("Shangri-La"). One of his sons spends his time complaining about the system ("Brainwashed"), the other dreams of moving to a new land of opportunity ("Australia"), and when they get together for Sunday dinner there's simply "Nothing to Say." The Kinks at their mighty and surprisingly tender best. --Percy Keegan --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
Came on time. Good price. Good service. No problems with the product.Published 5 months ago by David Cooper
I've enjoyed this CD. The music is good quality and those are songs that I can relate to. I was born a Kinks Fan and I'm going to die a Kinks Fan.Published on Jan. 16 2013 by Shelby Munro
ray davies took a step away from the nostalgia of village green preservation society and something else to create one of the finest albums of the late sixties. Read morePublished on May 2 2004 by Cameron Boahn
Of the versions out now, don't get this one, get one of the imports- either the one with the bonus tracks or the one with the higher quality remastering but not the bonus tracks.Published on March 12 2004 by B. Schuman
This album has got at all!
Great songs. Great playing. Great lyrics. Interesting story. Good production. Plenty of bonus-tracks. Read more
This, I have no doubt, is the most underappreciated album in rock n' roll history. Not only is it, without any doubt, the Kinks' best, it should be on every list of top British... Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2003 by Itamar Katz
September, 1988, my boyfriend picked up this CD at a supermarket and played it for me during a long drive through central Nevada. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2003
Ray Davies and the Kinks were always criminally underrated, especially here in the States. Part of this, I believe, has to do with their subject matter. Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2003 by Shotgun Method