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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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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.


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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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
Format:Audio CD
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 Get this. It's pretty much self-explanatory. Feb. 16 2003
By Alex
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars great music but also a great story Dec 12 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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 was the story told w/ in the album. There is a great story here. The basic story is a follows:
A group or artist is trying to make it big in the music buisness because he/they are frustrated w/ all of the other options and wants to "get out of this world" (intro/contenders). He then meets either other members of the band or a girlfriend when he comes to the city to try to make it big (Strangers). After this he tries to get a publisher where is amazed by the lack of intrist by them and they way they don't care about music at all (Denmark Street). Now, he tries to make a hit but keeps getting knocked down by the high ups in the buisness (Get Back In Line). Then one day he his down and goes to a bar where he gets his insperation for his big hit, a cross dresser named lola (Lola). Lola becomes a hit and the song climbs the charts w/ other normal hit makers (Top Of The Pops). He/they is/are now rich. This causes more problems as everyone from old friends to soliciters are bugging him for money (moneygoround). He now worries about what will happen to him and the pressure that the music buis is putting on him (this time tomorrow).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Worth every penny.
Published 17 days ago by A. Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite record....''This time tommorow'' is one of Ray Davies gems!
Published 1 month ago by BennyBoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great product and fast service
Published 1 month ago by junssy
5.0 out of 5 stars Lola Versus Powernan and The Money-Go-Round
This is my vote for one of the best Kinks CD ever. Muswell Hillibillies has to rank up there too. But the original recordings always had a raw, dirty sound that masked some of the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by David Turner
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
4.0 out of 5 stars but don't get this version
The 1998 remastered import version has a superior alternate version of "Apeman" as a bonus track, so get that instead.
Published on March 12 2004 by B. Schuman
5.0 out of 5 stars last classic kinks album : (
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2004 by Deborah J. Sheets
5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic...
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... Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2004 by "howlinw"
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Amazing
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... Read more
Published on April 29 2003
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