This 2-CD package includes a 2019 remaster of the original stereo album; added to the 12 original cuts are seven bonus tracks, including mono versions of album cuts "Drivin'" and "Shangri-La," a stereo take on non-album cut "Plastic Man" and a mono version of the great, shoulda-been-a-hit "King Kong." The package's second CD is The Great Lost Dave Davies Album, an effort with band guitarist Dave Davies handling lead vocals (which he seldom got to do on Kinks albums) on a selection of songs that he wrote himself. Brother Ray does pen a couple of the selections, like the catchy but pithy "Mr. Reporter" and the funky pop of "Groovy Movies," and the album is in reality a Kinks album considering that Ray and the rest of the band play on every cut. Some of the included cuts were previously released on The Great Lost Kinks Album while others featured on the Hidden Treasures record; this is the first time that the dozen cuts have been released together. Mono versions of album cuts "Creeping Jean," "Lincoln County," "There is no Life without Love" and "Hold My Hand" are included as bonus cuts.
Housed in a "media book" package, Arthur... features a bound-in booklet with photos and an essay by Andy Neilli and commentary from band members Ray Davies, Dave Davies, John Dalton and Mick Avory. A Limited Edition Box Set of Arthur or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire is also available; it has 4-CDs with extras like singles and B-sides, alternate versions, new doo wop choir recordings, a Ray Davies remixes and demo medley and theatrical and BBC tracks. Other goodies in the box include four reproduced 7" vinyl singles, a 68-page book with new band interviews and rare images, and a Kinks metal pin badge.
The Kinks - Arthur or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire 50th Anniversary Edition
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