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UK Jive [Import]

Kinks Audio CD
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Latter Day Kinks March 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
Many fans lament that this album marks the beginning of the end for the group. Well, I'm a latter-day fan and I couldn't believe I could get this so cheaply (via on-line auction with postage & handling twice the price of the CD!) UK Jive has some really fine tunes to please any Kinkophile...plus really cool cover art.
"Aggravation" finds Ray Davies erupting lyrically with an onslaught of cathartic lava. Never heard him like this before. I know the feeling.
"How Do I Get Close" displays a heartfelt sentiment but is musically uninteresting.
"U.K. Jive" coulda woulda shoulda been a hit. Lots of fun.
"Now and Then" seems to rue progress to the extent that social and political growth creates conflict. Sorry, Ray. If we all grew and progressed at the same rate it would be an awfully boring world. I appreciate what you're trying to say, but true love and friendship emanates from the human heart, not the land.
"What Are We Doing" asks a lot of seemingly rhetorical questions. What's your point, Ray?
"Entertainment" is an example of why I love the Kinks. To utter a moldy cliche, I can relate. Having recently retired from local television, there was a time at the beginning of my career when I thought TV was something to which to aspire. I'm not sure I could say that today. One of the reasons is laid bare in this song. Plus, there's a great Dave riff to establish and drive the song along. Love it!
"War is Over" has a melody right out of the '60s! Yes, the war IS over. Let's not keep fighting it, but let's not forget it either.
"Down All the Days (To 1992)" couldn't have been more prophetic. From an American perspective, it actually makes me yearn for the Clinton years.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's A Jolly Good Album, And That's No Jive! Jan. 4 2004
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By the time this album was released in 1989, the Kinks had passed the peak of their popularity, and this album was not a commercial success. That's a shame, because it is a solid album with some great songs.
AGGRAVATION - Ray Davies vents his anger against modern society on this great rocker. This song would have been right at home on the "Low Budget" album.
HOW DO I GET CLOSE? - In this power ballad, Ray laments the loss of deep feelings in a world filled with superficialities.
UK JIVE - The Kinks threw everything into this song, from doo-wop to a passage from the Who's song "My Generation." It's one of the best songs Ray Davies ever wrote and, had it been released years earlier, could easily have been a top ten hit.
NOW AND THEN - Ray's sentimental side was in evidence all the way back to "The Village Green Preservation Society." In this ballad, Ray's longing for Utopia goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden!
WHAT ARE WE DOING? - Ray Davies continues to inquire about the meaning of life, but can't come up with any answers as to why we're here. The song fades out with the melody of the Kinks' song "Destroyer."
ENTERTAINMENT - In this rocker, Ray snarls about modern forms of entertainment, such as sex, violence, murder and rape. It's a theme more fully expressed in Don Henley's song "Dirty Laundry."
WAR IS OVER - This ballad is a tip of the hat to old soldiers who fought for freedom, rather than being the typical rock star's anti-war song.
DOWN ALL THE DAYS (TO 1992) - This rocker has a catchy melody, and it's theme of looking forward to the future doesn't sound dated at all, other than the reference to the year 1992.
LOONY BALLOON - "The air is running out, the computer's gone down.
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good album that could have been better....... Aug. 1 2006
By G. Eggens - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I had high expectations when UK Jive was released in 1989. It was the groups' 25th anniversary and they had just been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Together with the release of a new album I was hoping that it would give the waning popularity of the group a boost. When I first heard the album I knew this wasn't going to be the case. In fact, this was the very first time I was really disappointed in a new Kinks album.

Over the years I've grown to appreciate the album for what it is but sometimes I wonder how the reception would have been if Ray Davies wouldn't had made some last minute changes to the tracklist.

For instance, ENTERTAINMENT originally was not intended for release on UK Jive. The track was recorded in 1981 during the sessions of what would become 'Give The People What They Want'. In 1983 the track almost made it onto an early version of 'State Of Confusion'. Why was this 8 year old song added to the tracklist? The Kinks had recorded a fine song called THE MILLION-POUND-SEMI-DETACHED for UK Jive. The track was so good that it was also to become the opening track and the title of the album. Davies suggested to LONDON Records that he wanted to make some kind of extended promo/short film with 'MILLION' as leitmotiv but the record company did not want to shell out the kind of money Davies thought he needed for the film.

Enraged with the decision LONDON confronted him with he decided to pull the track off the album, reshuffle the remaining songs, replaced the casualty with an 8 year old remixed track and retitle the album into UK Jive. Kinks fans interested in how good 'MILLION' in fact is should try to get their hands on The Singles Collection from Castle/Essential which has a nice bonus disc called 'Waterloo Sunset - The Songs Of Ray Davies'. Listen to that and imagine UK jive opening with that!

For the remainder of the album I have to add that it would have been nice to spread Dave's three songs more evenly over the album instead of tagging them onto the tail end as some kind of Dave corner and I think the album could have done without WHAT ARE WE DOING. Some fans will wonder if that might have been the only correct album title for this collection of tracks after reading my review......
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Latter Day Kinks March 1 2004
By Moldyoldie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Many fans lament that this album marks the beginning of the end for the group. Well, I'm a latter-day fan and I couldn't believe I could get this so cheaply (via on-line auction with postage & handling twice the price of the CD!) UK Jive has some really fine tunes to please any Kinkophile...plus really cool cover art.
"Aggravation" finds Ray Davies erupting lyrically with an onslaught of cathartic lava. Never heard him like this before. I know the feeling.
"How Do I Get Close" displays a heartfelt sentiment but is musically uninteresting.
"U.K. Jive" coulda woulda shoulda been a hit. Lots of fun.
"Now and Then" seems to rue progress to the extent that social and political growth creates conflict. Sorry, Ray. If we all grew and progressed at the same rate it would be an awfully boring world. I appreciate what you're trying to say, but true love and friendship emanates from the human heart, not the land.
"What Are We Doing" asks a lot of seemingly rhetorical questions. What's your point, Ray?
"Entertainment" is an example of why I love the Kinks. To utter a moldy cliche, I can relate. Having recently retired from local television, there was a time at the beginning of my career when I thought TV was something to which to aspire. I'm not sure I could say that today. One of the reasons is laid bare in this song. Plus, there's a great Dave riff to establish and drive the song along. Love it!
"War is Over" has a melody right out of the '60s! Yes, the war IS over. Let's not keep fighting it, but let's not forget it either.
"Down All the Days (To 1992)" couldn't have been more prophetic. From an American perspective, it actually makes me yearn for the Clinton years. I'd be interested in a European's take on this song. Also, there's an interesting nod to Van Halen in the keyboard playing. But who should be paying homage to whom? ;-)
"Loony Balloon" has to be one of the great Ray Davies tunes. I can't get it out of my head! I'm singing it in the shower, in the car, in my sleep...what more need be said?
"Dear Margaret" probably should best be commented on by a Brit. On the musical side; Dave riffs, rocks, and rants with real conviction.
"Bright Lights" is a great Dave rocker.
"Perfect Strangers" is nice filler, but the song and sentiment sound too generic.
All in all, any Kinks Kompletists in the audience might be finding themselves returning to this album more than they anticipate. At this price you shouldn't be shy, just be sure to haggle a little on the postage & handling. :-)
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's A Jolly Good Album, And That's No Jive! Jan. 4 2004
By Michael King - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
By the time this album was released in 1989, the Kinks had passed the peak of their popularity, and this album was not a commercial success. That's a shame, because it is a solid album with some great songs.
AGGRAVATION - Ray Davies vents his anger against modern society on this great rocker. This song would have been right at home on the "Low Budget" album.
HOW DO I GET CLOSE? - In this power ballad, Ray laments the loss of deep feelings in a world filled with superficialities.
UK JIVE - The Kinks threw everything into this song, from doo-wop to a passage from the Who's song "My Generation." It's one of the best songs Ray Davies ever wrote and, had it been released years earlier, could easily have been a top ten hit.
NOW AND THEN - Ray's sentimental side was in evidence all the way back to "The Village Green Preservation Society." In this ballad, Ray's longing for Utopia goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden!
WHAT ARE WE DOING? - Ray Davies continues to inquire about the meaning of life, but can't come up with any answers as to why we're here. The song fades out with the melody of the Kinks' song "Destroyer."
ENTERTAINMENT - In this rocker, Ray snarls about modern forms of entertainment, such as sex, violence, murder and rape. It's a theme more fully expressed in Don Henley's song "Dirty Laundry."
WAR IS OVER - This ballad is a tip of the hat to old soldiers who fought for freedom, rather than being the typical rock star's anti-war song.
DOWN ALL THE DAYS (TO 1992) - This rocker has a catchy melody, and it's theme of looking forward to the future doesn't sound dated at all, other than the reference to the year 1992.
LOONY BALLOON - "The air is running out, the computer's gone down. The mechanic just panicked, he's nowhere to be found, so automatic control is just spinning us round." It's no wonder we've all lost our sanity as we drift through space on this loony balloon we call Earth!
DEAR MARGARET - This rocker is Dave Davies' diatribe against Margaret Thatcher, and does sound very dated.
BRIGHT LIGHTS - Dave Davies' lament to his ex-girlfriend, a fashion model, is the hardest rocking song on the album.
PERFECT STRANGERS - This Dave Davies' celebration of one night stands closes out the album on a rocking note.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why ignored by the masses? July 28 2010
By Magnus Hägermyr - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Kinks had a strong comeback (mostly in the states) from 1979 with "Low Budget" that lasted a couple of years. I dont know why that popularity declined after 1983 when they did records like this. Its a very strong pop/rock-album with solid, corefull songs (with a few exceptions). I think it reached nr 115 on Billboard. Maybe that effected Ray Davies selfconfidence badly because the next (and maybe the last) Kinksalbum ("Phobia" 1993) was the worst they ever did. Just boring routine with no insperation (with a few exceptions). Then it took him 13 years to come back with an album with new songs ("Other peoples lives" 2006). But its not too late for all of you who missed it out back then to do youself, and The Kinks, a favour and discover this pearl.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very underrated and still very good!!! Jan. 29 2010
By ac - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The kinks are one of those bands that come back and make people realize how great they really are..and were and could be. UK JIVE came out in 1989 and it never got the promotion or radio play it deserved and that is a shame because this cd has some of Ray DAvies's finest lyrics! NOW AND THEN>>is beautifully written,with lush harmonies.."in the beginning of it all there was the land-and the sea and the sky-"from there Ray takes us back to a simpler time(as always) and very gently paints his story of a world once known and not so far."and then a great nation put into operation an evolutionary plan...now mighty corporations and politicians rule the land. need I write more. personally, I found this cd to be a jem in my vast collection ! I think it was the second one i'd bought. anyway "how do I get close?" was wonderful too which has Dave Davies riffin it up! Loony balloon is another classic here "the worlds spinnin round like a loony balloon-narrowly missing the planets and stars"..I could go on and on here!! I did see this cd/concert performance at GREAT WOODS in MASS 1989. RAY told the audience"we just released this album but unfortunately it doesnt come out yet...something like that. well THE KINKS put on a GREAT show and that cd was very good indeed!!!
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