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: #35 / 127
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Based on 215 ratings
1969 Ratings: #11
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Fav tracks: Victoria, Drivin', Brainwashed, Australia, Shangri-La, Arthur


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.

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Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) extends the British-oriented themes of Village Green Preservation Society, telling the story of a London man's ... read more


It really seems like every artists was just at the top of their game in 1969 and UK rockers The Kinks were no different as they delivery yet another masterpiece in the concept work Arthur (Or The Decline and Fall of the British Empire). The album does a good job of splitting its time between taking about the pretty non-existent life of lead character Arthur and other political views aimed toward the British Empire during World War 1. The story building in these songs is just fantastic as Davies ... read more


The First Half Of Arthur (Or De The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire) is very good but the second half is some of the best music they ever did.


Almost convinced me to go too Australia


The Beatles walked so The Kinks could run

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Track List

  1. Victoria
  2. Yes Sir, No Sir
  3. Some Mother's Son
  4. Drivin'
  5. Brainwashed
  6. Australia
  7. Shangri-La
  8. Mr. Churchill Says
  9. She's Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina
  10. Young and Innocent Days
  11. Nothing To Say
  12. Arthur
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Added on: June 1, 2013