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Lola vs. the Powerman & the Money-Go-Round, Pt. 1 [Import]

The Kinks Audio CD
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1. Introduction
2. The Contenders
3. Strangers
4. Denmark Street
5. Get Back In Line
6. Lola
7. Top Of The Pops
8. The Moneygoround
9. This Time Tomorrow
10. A Long Way From Home
11. Rats
12. Apeman
13. Powerman
14. Got To Be Free

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The Kinks' 1970 effort was the penultimate creation in a five-year, six-album burst that ranks just a notch below the great sustained rock & roll eruptions of Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Stones, and Elvis Costello. Of course, the linchpin to this collection is "Lola," Ray Davies's irresistibly vivid account of the charms of a seductive transvestite. Its daring (for the time) subject matter aside, "Lola" stands as one of the great singles of all time. Add to the list the almost as infectious "Apeman," a slew of funny, shrewd, alienated-rock-star screeds ("Top of the Tops," "The Moneyground," "Powerman"), and a couple of memorable contributions from Ray's brother, Dave ("Strangers," "Rats"), and you have the Kinks at their raucous, righteous, quirky quintessence." --Steven Stolder

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Lola , of course, became a classic-rock radio mainstay, but this entire 1970 LP is nothing less than essential: Apeman; Got to Be Free; A Long Way from Home; Rats , and more songs that run from the funny to the furious.

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4.0 out of 5 stars but don't get this version March 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
The 1998 remastered import version has a superior alternate version of "Apeman" as a bonus track, so get that instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars last classic kinks album : ( Feb. 10 2004
Format:Audio CD
As the kinks popularity rose higher and higher, music became more and more cliche and distant from the audience. Lola... in my opinion, is their last masterpiece. They left us with quite a legacy, though, of about 8 amazing (and I mean amazing) albums.
If you're new to the Kinks, this probably isn't where you want to start. This is a great album, but not their greatest and their are a couple dragging tracks on here. I would start with "Village Green..." or "Arthur," which are two nearly flawless albums, before you get turned away But for any true Kink's fan, this album is essential. The sound is pretty different. It's a little more piano driven and folkie than their earlier recordings, but still far-from-average. You gotta love the kinks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic... Jan. 19 2004
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It's not "Village Green," but in some ways I enjoy it even more. It's a commentary on the music industry filtered through that great, bizarre, cynical mind possessed only by Ray Davies. So you get your tongue-in-cheek three-chord rocker decribing a band's ascent to the top of the charts ("Top of the Pops"), your plaintive ballad about life on the road (or in the air, as the case may be) ("This Time Tomorrow"), your "wouldn't it be nice to live like our primate ancestors" song ("Apeman"), etc. An odd mix. It sounds lively, better produced than some of the earlier works, and thoroughly modern. In some ways it's a bit like the "White Album" in its diversity of styles, but much more cohesive thematically. Overall you can't go wrong with any mid-period Kinks release, but this one is my most-listened-to disc among the lot. Good stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Ray Davies Aug. 30 2003
By Vilbs
Format:Audio CD
This album is so good that when I first purchased it I was under the mistaken impression that it was a greatest hits collection. The loose storyline follows a musician that goes straight up to number one, becomes disillusioned with the music industry, and desperately longs for escape. (hard to believe that could happen, isn't it?)
Aside from the gender-bending hit "Lola", the Kinks chug out some great pop-rockers in "Powerman", "Denmark Street" "Top of the Pops" and the scathing shot at the industry, "The Moneygoround". Yet the best moments on the album (arguably of course) come when they slow down the tempo with tracks like "Get Back In Line", "This Time Tomorrow" and my personal favorite "A Long Way From Home". The brothers Davies combine great guitar playing with tight vocals, and nowhere is there a hint of the sloppiness with which they are occasionally accused. Add to this their always clever songwriting and you've got a Kinks classic, which is arguably their finest work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lola and Apeman, yes, but much more. July 24 2003
By A Customer
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All the elements for self-indulgence are here: a concept album, a prevailing theme of bemoaning lost money, derision of the music industry. But what makes it ok? The tunes are all outstanding. Ray Davies, as he often does, dips his songwriting pen in the ink of traditional British music hall, country and folk, and all meeting points between, then covers everything with a coat of great rock and roll. Dave Davies contributes the hard rocking biter "Rats" as well as "Strangers," which is hands down his best Kinks kontribution ever. Another ballad, "Get Back In Line," is certainly among Ray's best. Both musically and lyrically, the album might have a theme, but it's kind of all over the place; it definitely is not as focused as, say, Village Green, but that doesn't really take away from it. It's a continous assault of Dave's jagged guitar riffs, saloon pianos, hard rhythms, sweet melodies, and above all, killer hooks. If you're just starting on the Kinks, get Kink Kronikles, then go right for this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Amazing April 29 2003
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I really cannot express my deep love and gratitude for The Kinks in any kind of words. What I can say is that I believe this is the best music to EVER have been recorded onto an album (and I know my music). The Kinks are amazingly brilliant and this is their peak. Buy this if you want to hear real music. Forget your Nelly, your Good Charlotte and all that useless, noisy nonsense. This deserves many more than 5 stars. Please God, save The Kinks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get this. It's pretty much self-explanatory. Feb. 16 2003
By Alex
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Ok, so it's a concept album! Get over it, they're really not that bad at all. This one is a personal favorite. They hit it big in America with "Lola," and most people who bought the album can tell you that their hit single barely scratched the surface of the wondrous depths of this album. Dave's two songs are fantastic, and it'd be the most he submitted to a Kinks album for 14 years (that's another story) Yeah, "Lola" is great, but "Rats," "Apeman," "Top of the Pops," and "Powerman" are equal contenders as the essential track! This isn't to say it's all rocking and rolling with Ray and the lads...there are wistful numbers. "Get Back In Line" is a touching number, and "This Time Tomorrow" has more transitions in one song than most other rockers could DREAM of...and the melody (take your pick as to which one I'm talking about) is beautiful! "A Long Way From Home" is the only track that irks me just because it's between "This Time Tomorrow" and "Rats." Anyway- "The Contenders" is another good song that deserves mentioning for containing the line "we're not the greatest when we're separated but when we're together I think we're gonna make it!" "Got To Be Free," the album's anthemic closer, is perfect and in fact a bit of a precursor to "20th Century Man" from 'Muswell Hillbillies' (excellent album by the way) and I must say- this is The Kinks' last 60's album. I know it came out in 1970, but Face to Face, Something Else, VGPS, and Arthur were all building up to this masterpiece. Elements of each album is reflected in this one- the pop tunefulness of 'Face To Face' runs throughout, the beautiful melodies of 'Something Else' are evident in the ballads along with the wistfulness of 'Village Green', and the sociopolitical anger of 'Arthur' is dominant. The album's a hybrid! Kinks classic! Buy it, burn it, or steal it! You MUST get this disc!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hey Kinks - this is not the best thing you have ever done!!!
I really loath that stupid song Lola. Thank you Ray & Co. SO much for ever releasing a "twisted" song like Lola. Read more
Published on May 6 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE WORST KINKS ALBUMS!
Not a great kinks album.Not a horrible kinks album just o.k.For some reason I don't like the feel the kinks give me on this album.Though Lola was a smash hit. Read more
Published on April 18 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greats!
I wish I could give this more stars. The Kinks in their glory...Lola..Apeman...Top of the Pops... Tell Michael Jackson to listen here if he really wants to hear about how the... Read more
Published on July 15 2002 by Diogenes
5.0 out of 5 stars great music but also a great story
The music here is pretty much exellent which you can tell from most of the other reviews. The one thing that I had trouble finding out about when i was thinking about buying this... Read more
Published on Dec 12 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Looolaaaa! loooo, lo,lo Looolaaa!
Sin duda alguna uno de sus mejores trabajos, un clásico de la historia del rock. Canciones como Lola, Strangers, Top on the pops,... son ya clásicas. Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2001 by Pedro Javier Marrero Ojeda
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best mainstream rock albums
Lola vs. Powerman gets knocked for various reasons that make little impression on me. It is the first of a few consecutive Kinks albums that can be maudlin in their Us vs. Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2001 by Howard Sauertieg
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