1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

827. Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) – The Kinks


Brief Background:  Arthur was planned as a concept album that would go along with a television musical to be  released at the end of 1969. The television portion was cancelled at the last minute do to a lack of funding, but the album was nevertheless released. As with Village Green, the album deals with the change of British life following WWII. This album being concerned with the lack of gainful employment.

What I think: I really didn’t know what the concept of this album was while listening to it. I knew it had something to do with a voyage to Australia as well as the doldrums of suburban England, and those were two pieces of it. What really impresses me about this album though is that (like the best concepts albums), all of the songs are able to stand on their own as strong compositions. The album is really great musically throughout, with wonderful guitar and vocal hooks. My favorite two tracks on the album are “Victoria” and “Young and Innocent Days”, which feature The Kinks at their best by putting forth a quick and hook driven song while still presenting a message.

Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I’m happy to say that I agree that this should be here. I really didn’t like the first Kink albums in this book, but the last two have been great. I’m actually looking forward to Lola Versus Powerman… next year.

Rating (Out of 5): 5

Amazon Review (Out of 5): 5

Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (134/175)

Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%


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