Weird that Google doesn't come up with a decent image of the inside of the gatefold
Discogs to the rescue ...
This is such a great album. Subtle or not so subtle snark with some great hooky riffs. It is actually better than I remember. Haven't listened to it in prolly 15 or more years. A commentary about an emigration trend to Australia. That echoed my interests in Australia as well back then, but that was based on its rise and new prominence in the surfing world back then. This was actually mentioned in the song Australia. Great waves and shark nets.
'Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)' is the seventh studio album by 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; 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.
'Arthur...' was met with almost unanimous acclaim upon release. It received generous coverage in the US rock press, with articles running in underground magazines such as Fusion and The Village Voice. It garnered back-to-back reviews by Mike Daly and Greil Marcus in Rolling Stone magazine's lead section; Daly rated it as "the Kinks' finest hour", and Marcus went so far as to call it "the best British album of 1969". Reviews in the UK were also positive. Although it received a mixed review in New Musical Express, Disc & Music Echo praised the album's musical integrity, and Melody Maker called it "Ray Davies' finest hour... beautifully British to the core".
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.
2016 EU Box limited to 10,000 copies. 16 Lp's. All the Stones albums that were ever issued in Mono plus all the singles not on albums from the 60's. Thanks to SteelyD for bringing this to my attention back when he mentioned he was enjoying the CD set 3 or so years ago. Would have missed this most likely otherwise. So I just looked it up on Discogs and its now worth $1k all day long in the USA. I got it for under $300 3 years ago. Time to rip it and let it go. My October project. First up, of course ...
3 Sep 2020 EU box set. All analogue. Just finishing the 4th album. The Bob Welch era of the Mac has been largely ignored in all the reissuing frenzy. This set does these albums total justice. Got it for the concert which I have a couple parts captured back in the original Napster daze. A radio concert from KSAN hosted by Tom Donahue from the Record Plant in 1974. It is extraordinary. Like sitting in a cozy little bar listening to the Mac if you've never had the chance to hear this concert. Stripped down, raw and live. Compared my 1st of Mystery To Me with this version. This version is actually much improved without losing a thing. The other albums are also just as good.
This is a great way to fill a hole in your collection if you've ever been thinking about any of these albums.