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Preservation Act 1 Hybrid SACD


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  • Audio CD (Sept. 21 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD
  • Label: KOCH Records
  • ASIN: B0002PUH9C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,351 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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By Keith on Oct. 22 2003
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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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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By A Customer on July 28 2002
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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By A Customer on Feb. 13 2002
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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Format: Audio CD
"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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