Preservation Act 2 Import, Hybrid SACD
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The impeccable production of this brilliant 1974 conclusion to Act I has never been heard this clearly. Includes a single version of Mirror of Love .
Where Preservation, Act 1 created a dramatic framework and set this two-part drama in motion, Act 2 captures the full breadth of Ray Davies's morality play. Act 2 is so ambitiously plotted that it seems as if the narrative was built before the music was considered. The ensemble grows throughout, again detracting from the Kinks' music. (It's worth noting that none of the tracks from either part of Preservation stayed in the band's live sets for long after the LPs were released.) But for all the pretensions entailed in a narrative on community and class, both acts are refreshingly low-key. In each you can hear the roots of so much indie pop that came a couple of decades later. The shifty melodies call for all sorts of harmonic gamesmanship, and the action turns out to be fun, albeit less so on this sequel than on Act 1 or on the brittle Village Green Preservation Society. --Andrew Bartlett --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Musically this is so turgid and utterly anonymous it could be any ... 70s band, so little of the Kinks' and Ray Davies' distinctive character survives the shoe-horning of these supremely ordinary songs into the overarching concept. Interestingly, the two best songs here: "Oh Where Oh Where Is Love?" and the ironic "Salvation Road" were actually recorded for the infintely better "Preservation Act 1" album - it figures. The only other tracks here to rise above the general morass are the jazzy ballad, "Nothing Lasts Forever" (with curiously out-of-tune American vocals by Marianne Price) and the two rockers, "Money Talks" (still boring by Kinks' standards) and "He's Evil". "Nobody Gives" sounds like an attempt to produce a state-of-the-world epic to rival "20th Century Man" from "Muswell Hillbillies" - but whereas the latter was eloquent and heartfelt, the former is merely verbose and pretentious. "Shepherds of the Nation" at least allows a little of Davies' wit to shine through - the track's still rubbish though.
Which leaves us with the actual CONCEPT of "Preservation" and here, it must be admitted, Davies has produced something which is more coherent than either "Tommy" or "The Wall": less pretentious than both; less woolly minded than "Tommy" and less self-pitying than "The Wall". The trouble is there is no music to go with it.
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This album is incredible. There are great songs on here (Introduction To Solution, He's Evil, Flash's Confession) and the concept and story is prescient to today's political... Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2004 by Amazon Customer
This will always be among my favorite Kinks albums. There are simply so many great songs, and a lot of great guitar from Dave. Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2004 by Morten Vindberg
"Preservation" is the greatest album by The Kinks in the 70s. As Village Green was in the 60s. But more ambicious.
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This is way too long, but there are some entertaining tracks on the first half. Watch out for the bombastic "Shepherds of the Nation" (which has quite grown on me), and... Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2003
This is way overlong, but the first half or so is actually decent, with some quirky music hall style tracks crammed full with amusing lyrics. Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2003
Although savaged as positively the WORST album to come out of The Kinks up to that point in time, "Preservation Act 2" is still an intriguing effort from the Davies brothers. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2002 by Michael Topper
Preservation Act 2 is the most neglected album the Kinks have ever constructed in their entire catalog. Read morePublished on Sept. 8 2002 by DavidMatthewCollins
Like Act 1, this album had about one LP-side's worth of decent material. However, on this album, that side's worth just isn't as good as on the previous album, and its spread out... Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2002
No, I have to speak up. How can everyone be bestowing five stars on this album? (or any of the Kinks mid 70's efforts) To put this bloated thing in the same class as Village Green,... Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2002 by T. Gadd