Title: Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire
Style: Pop Rock
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Kinks frontman Ray Davies constructed the concept album as the soundtrack to a Granada Television play and developed the storyline with novelist Julian Mitchell; however, the television programme was cancelled and never produced. The rough plot revolved around Arthur Morgan, a carpet-layer, who was based on Ray Davies' brother-in-law Arthur Anning. The album, although not very successful commercially, was a return to the charts in the US for The Kinks. The album itself reached number 50 on the Record World charts, and number 105 on Billboard, their highest position since 1965. It failed to chart in Britain.
Arthur is a concept album released by the Kinks in 1969. Throughout the album, we learn about protagonist Arthur Morgan and his family, such as his wife and his son, Derek, who moves to Australia with his wife and family. His other son, Eddie, and Arthur’s brother of the same name who both died in separate wars are also mentioned. Other than the protagonist and his family, the album also touches on various conflicts and events in England and war. The story is loosely based off of various events in England and Ray Davies' own experiences in life. For example, the song Australia is about.
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Yes Sir, No Sir. Some Mother's Son. Drivin'. She Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina. Young and Innocent Days. Nothing to Say. Arthur. Bonus Tracks on CD reissue. Plastic Man (Mono Version). King Kong (Mono Version). Drivin' (Mono Version). Mindless Child Of Motherhood (Mono Version). This Man He Weeps Tonight (Mono Version). Plastic Man (Stereo Version). Mindless Child Of Motherhood (Stereo Version).
Australia" is a song by the British rock band The Kinks, appearing on their 1969 album, Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire). It was written by the band's main songwriter, Ray Davies.
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This album is actually a concept album. It is not widely known as one, as it is not usually mentioned in the presence of other concept albums of it's time. The first part of the album is used to describe the England that Arthur once knew. The album is ushered in with the upbeat Victoria. And soon moves onto other songs like Some Mother's Son; a slower song that is about War, and really makes the listener think about the cost of War, and the toll it leaves on family life. One of the things that The Kinks are famous for, is their use of the power chord. They were one of the pioneering.
Tracklist Hide Credits
|A2||Yes Sir, No Sir|
|A3||Some Mother's Son|
Engineer – Brian Humphries
|B2||Mr. Churchill Says|
|B3||She's Bought A Hat Like Princess Marina|
|B4||Young And Innocent Days|
|B5||Nothing To Say|
- Recorded At – Pye Studios
- Manufactured By – Teichiku Records Co., Ltd.
- Licensed Through – Pye Limited
- Arranged By, Art Direction – The Kinks
- Conductor [Brass, Strings] – Lew Warburton
- Design, Artwork By – Bob Lawrie
- Engineer – Andrew Hendriksen*
- Liner Notes – Geoffrey Cannon, Makoto Yagi
- Liner Notes, Text By [Original Story Of Arthur] – Julian Mitchell
- Performer – Dave Davies, John Dalton, Mick Avory
- Performer, Producer, Written-By, Text By [Original Story Of Arthur] – Ray Davies
NotesJapanese second issue.
Laminated gatefold unipak cover.
Issued with "Queen Victoria" insert (Japanese liner notes printed flip side)
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Matrix / Runout (Runout stamp side A): NPL 18317 A N2
- Matrix / Runout (Runout stamp side B): NPL 18317 B N3
|NSPL 18317, NPL 18317||The Kinks||Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire (LP, Album, Gat)||Pye Records, Pye Records||NSPL 18317, NPL 18317||UK||1969|
|Rst 6366-b||The Kinks||Arthur (Reel, 4tr Stereo, 10.5" Reel, Album)||Reprise Records||Rst 6366-b||USA & Canada||Unknown|
|NSPL. 18317||The Kinks||Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire (LP, Album)||Stateside, Pye Records||NSPL. 18317||India||1969|
|NSPL 18317||The Kinks||Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire (LP, Album)||Pye Records||NSPL 18317||New Zealand||1969|
|UICY-60107||The Kinks||Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire (CD, Album, RE, RM)||Sanctuary Midline||UICY-60107||Japan||2009|