To mark its 50th anniversary, The Kinks have released a special edition of 'Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire', which includes previously unreleased track 'The Future'.
Without doubt, The Kinks seventh studio album (released in 1969) is one of the greatest rock albums ever made, a near perfect example of Ray Davies' incredible storytelling ability in what was an innovation in 1969: a concept album.
It's also poignant that a record based on the story of emigrating from the UK around its potential to enter the Common Market should hit its 50th anniversary right now. With Brexit on the horizon, the themes of 'Arthur' ring alarmingly familiar.
Rolling Stone wrote: ''Arthur' is a masterpiece on every level. The Kinks supreme achievement and the best British album of 1969.' While Melody Maker were equally enthusiastic: 'Ray Davies' finest hour. . . beautifully British to the core.'
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