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Schoolboys in Disgrace [SACD]

the Kinks Audio CD

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1. Schooldays
2. Jack The Idiot Dunce
3. Education
4. The First Time We Fall In Love
5. I'm in Disgrace
6. Headmaster
7. The Hardway
8. The Last Assembly
9. No More Looking Back
10. Finale

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The Kinks rock hard as they revisit the schoolyard on this great 1975 album.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kinks' best rock theatre album June 30 2005
By W. M. Davidson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After three muddled messes of questionable ideas and unrealized ambition, the Kinks finally delivered a solid rock theatre piece with "Schoolboys in Disgrace."

Ray's material is tight, and the band sounds rejuvenated as they rip through one great song after another, effortlessly moving from hard rock to '50s homages to prog-influenced epics. Dave Davies steals the show with awesome guitar work on "Headmaster" and "No More Looking Back."

Instead of telling a linear story, Ray focuses on individual feelings and situations that are thematically linked but also stand on their own. The result is more like the classic "Arthur" album, and a huge improvement over "Preservation" and "Soap Opera," where the songs were so stuffed with plot they had no room to breathe.

"Schoolboys" is one of the Kinks' best albums and a beacon of creativity and excellence among their spotty '70s work. If you're curious about the Kinks' fascinating but often frustrating rock theatre period, start here!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It rocks, it's brilliant, it's fun and you can dance to it.. Dec 28 2004
By Stephen Cabral - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ray's wit was dripping out of the CD case when I cracked this open. This was their final concept album and it has their best hooks since "You've Really Got Me". This album is so underrated...any song here could have been a hit but sadly not one was. I would call this album `the lighter side of Pink Floyd's The Wall'. It rocks, it's brilliant, it's fun and you can dance to it.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Kinks Best Ever!!! Brilliant !! May 25 2005
By luco - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This cd is simply one of the best works THE KINKS ever did, not in production terms but in songs and concept. All songs have some special apeal. Some rock very hard and others simply capture a special feeling or situation. "NO MORE LOOKING BACK" is one of the band s' best song ever; is very sad this song never got the radio airplay or even the band attention it deserved. I still wait for a good rock band to cover it (maybe OASIS?).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly produced concept album! March 27 2010
By Mark Baldi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ray Davies and the Kinks can always be counted on to create uniquely interesting and enjoyable music. Each song on this album is a mini-masterwork and it all adds up to one of their finest releases. The concept of their school days in England provides plenty of fodder for Ray's trademark wit and Dave Davies absolutely kills it on the guitar! Listen to his playing on "I'm in Disgrace", "Headmaster", "The Hard Way" and "No More Looking Back" to get a primer in tasty rock guitar riffs and tone. This album was criminally underrated on it's release and I was thrilled to replace my vinyl with this remaster which also contains excellent liner notes. Highly recommended!
3.0 out of 5 stars Very solid album Dec 1 2012
By Lee V. Blaschke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A very solid album. I was not very familiar with the album and it is not the masterpiece of a Something Else or Arthur or Village Green but very good nonetheless. I enjoy listening to these 70's concept albums the Kinks did and buy one when I can afford it. Pleasantly surprised.

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