Preservation Act 1 Hybrid SACD, Import
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One of Ray Davies' most ambitious projects, and one of the greatest rock musicals ever recorded.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
"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".
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2003 by Keith
"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). Read morePublished on May 21 2000
Preservation is Ray Davies's masterpiece, as I suspect he would agree. Yet it was reviled by the critics (who misunderstood it) and sold poorly. Read morePublished on April 12 2000 by Chris Hanrahan
If you're not a Kinks fan, skip this. You'll be disappointed. But for true Ray Davies fans, get this for the wonderful "Sweet Lady Genevieve" and "Sitting in the... Read morePublished on Oct. 31 1999
After repeated listening, you will feel Ray's love for the rock and roll. "Johnny and the Hurricanes" is none other than our beloved "Johnny Thunder" from the... Read morePublished on July 1 1999