Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)

The Kinks - Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)
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Based on 2 reviews
1969 Ratings: #27 / 96
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Based on 88 ratings
1969 Ratings: #16
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October 10, 1969 / Release Date
LP / Format
Pye, Reprise / Label
Pop Rock / Genres
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The Kinks’ magnum opus “Arthur” is such an eclectic and refreshing listen that seriously needs more attention. These tracks are just so inviting, nostalgic, and pretty. I can’t get enough of the tone that’s produced here.

Color: Red
FAV TRACKS: all except least fav!
LEAST FAV: Creeping Jean
Comfortably my favorite Kinks album, and being that they have 4 albums that I love, this has to get one of my elusive 100's. 'Some Mother's Son' is one of the most effective anti-war songs ever written. Over so many listens I have grown to love this album from start to finish. Simply excellent and essential.

from allmusic:
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The OG Let England Shake (and way more likable in my opinion), the guitar tones on this album are just so damn tasteful... I also love dave davies 'taking the piss out' vocal style... the production on the 2019 stereo remaster is just so tasteful
I like The Kinks, a bit more convincingly irreverent and rocking than The Beatles of 1969

Still, I don’t feel they are delivering classic song after classic song here - there are a few more forgettable moments.

‘Shangri-La’ and ‘Churchill’ back to back seems like an obvious high point.
No es para nada mi estilo el brit-pop sesentero, pero el albm se deja escuchar.
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Added on: June 1, 2013