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Preservation Act 1 [Hybrid SACD]

the Kinks Audio CD
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The late '60s through the mid '70s represented the era of plot rock. From the Who's Tommy onward, plot-driven and suite-length character meditations were everywhere. The Kinks' approach to the rock musical was more conceptually measured than was the norm. The plot and drama behind Preservation, Act 1 and Act 2 are far more subtle investigations of class, culture, and commerce--even if they're couched in characters like rocker Johnny Thunder. The tussle of the Preservation drama is common enough--a citizenry pursuing goals in an increasingly competitive, even ruthless manner, while on the periphery is Mr. Black, who'll save the day and restore balance, and his antagonist, Flash, who seeks to pilfer the Village Green. Both emblematic of community and a direct link to the band's 1969 Village Green Preservation Society, the drama and characters make it far better to tune in for an entire CD rather than for just one song. But "Sweet Lady Genevieve" is a gentle, lovely tune, and so many other selections are, even for passive Kinks fans, important pieces. --Andrew Bartlett

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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the reviews. April 13 2004
By Dennis
Format:Audio CD
I've read alot of bad reviews for this and part 2. Personally, I really love both. In my opinion its one of the most impressive musical creations I've ever heard. The variety of instruments is incredible, but none of them ever seem unnecessary. Its easy to start listening to this album and part two, just for something to listen to while you do something else, and then get caught up in the music and do nothing but listen and focus your attention on the music until the album is over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Album ACT ONE Oct. 22 2003
By Keith
Format:Audio CD
This is simply the greatest album by the Kinks in the 70s. The same way Village Green is their best in the 60s. But "Preservation" is more ambicious. GET IT. Don't listen to the bad reviews. Just Buy it, Enjoy it and Love it.
LONG LIVE THE KINKS for "Preservation" ;-) Thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Versatility of the Kinks! Oct. 18 2002
Format:Audio CD
When this album first came out, I recall there being a lot of negative critical press surrounding it. Most of the confusion probably came from the fact that this was part one of a two part concept Ray Davies had based around the group's landmark "Village Green Preservation Society" album. I believe many of the comments were that the album didn't accomplish anything in particular and as a concept, went absolutely nowhere. Now that 30 (!!!) years have passed, Part 1 and 2 can be viewed as a whole and for the wonderful music contained therein.
"Preservation Part 1" is one of my all time favorite albums. I love everything about it: the storyline, the cover art, the music, the lyrics... they all work together to make a wonderful album.

"Daylight over the Village Green early in the morning.
Daylight over the hills and valleys heralding the morning.
Daylight over the mountains, daylight on the Village Green"

This albums works on so many levels for me, but what I like best is the "small country town" feel one gets hearing songs from all the locals' perspectives. With the brass and woodwind accompanyment, it almost sounds as if it was recorded at a local county fair. Nostalgia plays a big part in my appreciation of the album; I recall hearing the album as a child and growing up with it. In a way, that's one of the themes Ray was trying to get across: growing older, feeling nostalgic and appreciating life; something that probably didn't play too well at the time to young Kinks fans. Now, we're all older, wiser, and can identify with the music!
Highlights from the album are "Sweet Lady Genevieve," "There's a Change in the Weather," "Where are They Now?," "Cricket" and "Sitting in the Mid Day Sun". Just listening to the album from beginning to end is a pleasure.
If you're a fan of the Kinks and want to see how diverse they got musically and lyrically, look no further than this album and it's sequel, "Prevervation Act 2".
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4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy addition July 28 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you have "Village Green Preservation Society" and are familiar with the storyline, you could well like this. "Preservation Act I" basically tells the story of the village green from the viewpoint of various residents and characters, rather than just Ray Davies. There are a variety of musical textures, with a prominent brass section. The most notable songs are the singles "Preservation", and "Sweet Lady Genevieve". Also good are "Daylight" and "Where Are They Now?", which musically is based on "Johnny Thunders" from "VGPS".
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4.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of a dry spell Feb. 13 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is often trashed by critics, but it really isn't quite as bad as many say it is. It has 4 or 5 excellent songs and 2 or 3 more very good or good songs. And the best songs on here are so good that the album is worth owning if you see it at a good price. Yeah, the Preservation opera in its entirety was a mess, and this album has a side's worth of junk, but it wasn't until Act 2 that the Kinks really hit a dry spell.
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"Preservation" Act I and Act II are among the best albums the Kinks have to offer (see my review of Act II for additional comments). They capture everything that makes the Kinks great. Quirky, offbeat, melodic, humorous and moving. Don't believe the critics. As "rock opera" this is far superior to "Tommy" or "The Wall".
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