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Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire [50th Anniversary]

BMG



2cd (pre-order)

Expected Release: 25th Oct 2019

£15.99


2lp (pre-order)

Expected Release: 25th Oct 2019

£23.99


limited deluxe 4x7" + 4cd + book + memorabilia + enamel badge (pre-order)

Expected Release: 25th Oct 2019

£74.99


The hugely well-respected and historically important Kinks seventh studio album Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire was released on 10th October 1969, and celebrates its 50th anniversary on 2019.

'Rock musical' in style and one of the most effective concept albums in rock history, the album was constructed by Kinks' front man Ray Davies as the soundtrack to a subsequently cancelled Granada Television play. The album receiving almost unanimous acclaim upon its release. Rolling Stone 1969 - "Arthur is a masterpiece on every level, Ray Davies' finest hour. The Kinks' supreme achievement and the best British album of 1969". Melody Maker 1969 - "Ray Davies' finest hour... beautifully British to the core"

Deluxe edition

7" square x 3” deep, 2-part rigid card box containing: 4 x CDs, 4 x 7" singles, book, printed memorabilia, enamel badge

4 x CDs (in individual card wallets)

2019 newly remastered stereo and mono versions of original Arthur album from HD sources
Mono and stereo single versions, B-sides, alternate mono / stereo mixes, demos, BBC mixes and Dave Davies’ solo
2 new recordings of Ray Davies with The Doo Wop Choir, including one previously unreleased track
3 previously unreleased tracks written for Arthur, and recorded by the 'Come Dancing' Workshop Ensemble (1998)
New Ray Davies remixes of album tracks ‘Australia’ and ‘Shangri-La’
81 tracks total, comprising 5 previously unreleased tracks and 28 previously unreleased versions

4 x Arthur related 7” singles (with reproduced original international artwork)

Drivin’ / Victoria / Shangri-La / Hold My Hand (Dave Davies solo)

Softback book

Extensive essays by world-renowned Kinks experts, original cancelled Arthur play co-scriptwriter Julian Mitchell, and original album sleeve designer Bob Lawrie
New interviews with Ray Davies, Dave Davies and Mick Avory
Band photos, original release international cover artwork and memorabilia

Printed memorabilia

Reproduced original photos & posters

Badge

Bespoke, exclusive, metal & enamel Kinks logo pin badge

Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire [50th Anniversary]

Tracklist

CD1 - ORIGINAL STEREO ALBUM, 2019 REMASTER

  1. Victoria (Stereo)
  2. Yes Sir, No Sir (Stereo)
  3. Some Mother’s Son (Stereo)
  4. Drivin’ (Stereo)
  5. Brainwashed (Stereo)
  6. Australia (Stereo)
  7. Shangri-La (Stereo)
  8. Mr. Churchill Says (Stereo)
  9. She’s Bought A Hat Like Princess Marina (Stereo)
  10. Young And Innocent Days (Stereo)
  11. Nothing To Say (Stereo)
  12. Arthur (Stereo)
  13. Plastic Man (Stereo)
  14. King Kong (Mono)
  15. Drivin’ (Mono)
  16. Mindless Child Of Motherhood (Mono)
  17. Shangri-La (Mono)
  18. This Man He Weeps Tonight (Mono)
  19. Australia (Australian Mono Single Mix/Edit)

CD2 - THE GREAT LOST DAVE DAVIES ALBUM

  1. This Man He Weeps Tonight (Stereo)
  2. Mindless Child Of Motherhood (Stereo)
  3. Hold My Hand (Stereo)
  4. Do You Wish To Be A Man? (Stereo)
  5. Are You Ready? (Stereo)
  6. Creeping Jean (Stereo)
  7. I’m Crying (Stereo)
  8. Lincoln County (Stereo)
  9. Mr. Shoemaker’s Daughter (Stereo)
  10. Mr. Reporter (Stereo)
  11. Groovy Movies (Stereo)
  12. There Is No Life Without Love (Stereo)
  13. Lincoln County (Mono Single Mix/Edit)
  14. There Is No Life Without Love (Mono)
  15. Hold My Hand (Mono)
  16. Creeping Jean (Mono Single Mix/Edit)

2LP

  1. Victoria (Stereo)
  2. Yes Sir, No Sir (Stereo)
  3. Some Mother’s Son (Stereo)
  4. Drivin’ (Stereo)
  5. Brainwashed (Stereo)
  6. Australia (Stereo)
  7. Shangri-La (Stereo)
  8. Mr. Churchill Says (Stereo)
  9. She’s Bought A Hat Like Princess Marina (Stereo)
  10. Young And Innocent Days (stereo)
  11. Nothing To Say (Stereo)
  12. Arthur (Stereo)
  13. Plastic Man (Stereo)
  14. King Kong (Mono)
  15. Lincoln County (Stereo)
  16. There Is No Life Without Love (Stereo)
  17. Hold My Hand (Stereo)
  18. Creeping Jean (Stereo)
  19. Mindless Child Of Motherhood (Stereo)
  20. This Man He Weeps Tonight (Mono)
  21. Groovy Movies (Stereo)
  22. Victoria (BBC Mix)
  23. Mr. Churchill Says (BBC Mix)
  24. Arthur (BBC Mix)