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The Kinks - Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire (2LP, Reissue, Remastered, Mono)

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Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire), often referred to as just Arthur, is the seventh studio album by English rock band the Kinks, released in October 1969. Kinks frontman Ray Davies constructed the concept album as the soundtrack to a Granada Television play and developed the storyline with novelist Julian Mitchell; the television programme was never produced. The rough plot revolved around Arthur Morgan, a carpet-layer, who was based on Ray and guitarist Dave Davies' brother-in-law Arthur Anning. A mono version was released in the UK, but not in the US. The album was met with poor sales but nearly unanimous acclaim, especially among the American music press. Although Arthur and its first two singles, "Drivin'" and "Shangri-La", failed to chart in the UK, the Kinks returned to the Billboard charts after a two-year absence, with US lead single, "Victoria", peaking at number 62. The album itself reached number 105 on the Billboard album chart, their highest position since 1965. Arthur paved the way for the further success of their 1970 comeback album Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One.

Release info

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo, Mono
Country: UK, Europe & US
Released: 2019
Genre: Rock
Style: Pop Rock, Classic Rock


A1 Victoria
A2 Yes Sir, No Sir
A3 Some Mother's Son
A4 Drivin'
A5 Brainwashed
A6 Australia
B1 Shangri-La
B2 Mr. Churchill Says
B3 She's Bought A Hat Like Princess Marina
B4 Young And Innocent Days
B5 Nothing To Say
B6 Arthur
C1 Plastic Man
C2 King Kong
C3 Lincoln County
C4 There Is No Life Without Love
C5 Hold My Hand
C6 Creeping Jean
D1 Mindless Child Of Motherhood
D2 This Man He Weeps Tonight
D3 Groovy Movies
D4 Victoria (BBC Mix)
D5 Mr. Churchill Says (BBC Mix)
D6 Arthur (BBC Mix)

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