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Lola versus Powerman and the moneygoround. Part one and, Percy
Kinks (Musical group), composer, performer.
Deluxe ed.
Publication Information:
[U.K.] : Sanctuary Records Group, a BMG company ; Encino CA : distributed by Ingrooves, [2014]

Physical Description:
2 audio discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
A compilation of two remastered albums from The Kinks; tracks 1-13 on disc one originally released in 1970 as the album Part one: Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround (UK: PYE NSPL 18359; US: Reprise RS 6423); tracks 1-13 on disc two originally released in 1971 as the album Kinks soundtrack from the film Percy (UK: PYE NSPL 18365); tracks 14-20 on disc one and tracks 14-23 on disc two are previously unissued.

Title from container.

Compact discs.

Liner notes for both discs written by Peter Doggett and lyrics for tracks on disc two included in booklet inserted in container.
Lola versus Powerman and the moneygoround / Contenders Strangers Denmark Street Get back in line Lola Top of the pops Moneygoround This time tomorrow A long way from home Rats Apeman Powerman Got to be free Anytime Contenders (instrumental demo) Good life Lola (alternate version) This time tomorrow (instrumental) Apeman (alternate version, stereo.) Got to be free (alternate version)

Soundtrack from the film Percy / God's children Lola (instrumental) Way love used to be Completely Running round town Moments Animals in the zoo Just friends Whip lady Dreams Helga Willesden Green God's children (end) Dreams (remix) Lola (mono single) Apeman (mono single) Rats (mono single) Powerman (mono) Moneygoround (alternate version, mono) Apeman (alternate version, mono) God's children (mono film mix) Way love used to be (mono film mix) God's children (end) (mono film mix)
Format :
Music CD


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ROCK .K55 L-1 Compact Disc Open Shelf
ROCK .K55 L-1 Compact Disc Central Library

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"Lola" gave the Kinks an unexpected hit and its crisp, muscular sound, pitched halfway between acoustic folk and hard rock, provided a new style for the band. However, the song only hinted at what its accompanying album Lola Versus the Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One was all about. It didn't matter that Ray Davies just had his first hit in years -- he had suffered greatly at the hands of the music industry and he wanted to tell the story in song. Hence, Lola -- a loose concept album about Ray Davies' own psychosis and bitter feelings toward the music industry. Davies never really delivers a cohesive story, but the record holds together because it's one of his strongest set of songs. Dave Davies contributes the lovely "Strangers" and the appropriately paranoid "Rats," but this is truly Ray's show, as he lashes out at ex-managers (the boisterous vaudevillian "The Moneygoround"), publishers ("Denmark Street"), TV and music journalists (the hard-hitting "Top of the Pops"), label executives ("Powerman"), and, hell, just society in general ("Apeman," "Got to Be Free"). If his wit wasn't sharp, the entire project would be insufferable, but the album is as funny as it is angry. Furthermore, he balances his bile with three of his best melancholy ballads: "This Time Tomorrow," "A Long Way from Home," and the anti-welfare and union "Get Back in Line," which captures working-class angst better than any other rock song. These songs provide the spine for a wildly unfocused but nonetheless dazzling tour de force that reveals Ray's artistic strengths and endearing character flaws in equal measure. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine