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  • Audio CD (Sept. 21 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD
  • Label: KOCH Records
  • ASIN: B0002PUH9M
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #113,517 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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3.7 out of 5 stars

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This is the ultimate mix of rock and politics.It's funny to note that this saga was enthralling to me...I heard Act One and didn't get to hear this until 6 mos. later! Man oh man...The music is what got me first! "Introduction to Solution," despite having a stupid title, is a great song! "When A Solution Comes" is an EXCELLENT song. "Money Talks" shows the band rocking like they hadn't done since the 'Lola' album four years earlier. Why do all 21 tracks? ALL of these songs are great...this album's up there with the White Album as far as being a superb musical grab bag. Now the plot! The little village Flash was taking control of at the end of 'Act One' is now like Las Vegas run by Ronald Reagan! (Or like the alternate Hill Valley in 'Back to the Future II') Anyway- he's a corrupt politician hated by the masses. So the ppl fall in love with Mr. Black who leads their revolution. After all this we find out that Black wants to turn the populace into robots and's a tad confusing but the point is he sucks more than Flash ever could have. It's like the line in "Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who: "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss!" In fact it's like the whole song- in the beginning everyone's saying "Oh, revolution! That's great! Let's take it to the street!" but in the end "the parting on the left is now parting on the right" and then it all goes to Hades in corbula! (Latin for you nerds out there)I'm not saying skip this album and listen to The Who (I actually think Pete's playing on that tune stinks and is overrated big time) but that any 20th Century Historian/nerd/buff (like myself) should get it for a storyline that's all too familiar...home and abroad.Read more ›
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Speaking as one who considers Ray Davies a genius I must confess this is the single worst and most depressing listening experience ever produced in the Kinks' name - tho, to be honest, I stopped listening to their albums at all after this debacle (can you blame me?).
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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It's important to remember that Ray Davies wasn't just making albums during the Kinks' early 70s concept period. "Preservation," "Soap Opera" and "Schoolboys in Disgrace" all toured as fully developed (if rather low-budget) stage musicals, and Ray, always the most charming and zestful of rock showmen, really outdid himself playing the heroes. "Preservation" truly came alive when I saw it in NYC in 1974; I wish there was a video of the performance, which was the best of the 20 or so Kinks shows I've seen. If memory serves, the character of the Tramp got cut from the stage show, so two of the most memorable songs on the albums, "One of the Survivors" and "Sweet Lady Genevieve," weren't even played. Still, it was magic. One of the neatest devices was live-Ray as Mr. Flash singing to video-Ray as Mr. Black. There have been periodic rumblings about Davies trying to resurrect "Preservation" for the stage in a full-blown West End or Broadway production. If he could recapture what happened that night, it would be wonderful, though realistically a younger actor would have to play the parts; no rocker, especially one pushing 60, could do it night after night through an extended run. The theme of the principled ideological fanatic (Mr. Black) being far more dangerous than the corrupt but recognizably human scoundrel(Mr. Flash)remains pertinent in an age of religious and political extremism. As album experiences, the songs of "Preservation," "Soap Opera" and "Schoolboys in Disgrace" are hit and miss, often geared more toward theatricality than melodic loveliness and rock n roll pithiness ("Schoolboys" comes closest to being a solid rock album). They clearly do not rank with the Kinks' best. But I think the goal from 72-76 was to create terrific, full-fledged stage musicals, rather than to make regular albums.Read more ›
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