Genre: Pop Rock
Label: Sanctuary
Size: 12"
Format: 33RPM,


The Kinks Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire 2LP

The Kinks

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50th Anniversary Reissue On Double LP!
Remastered Stereo Album!
With Singles & BBC Mixes, Dave Davies Solo Tracks & Booklet!

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

Without doubt, the Kinks' seventh studio album 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.

'Arthur' received unanimous acclaim on its release. Each of its 12 original album tracks is an absolute gem and all perfect examples of Ray Davies' intrinsic ability to weave a story around a song. In what was a golden period for the Kinks, 'Arthur' followed another classic, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society.

Arthur is a masterpiece on every level, Ray Davies' finest hour. The Kinks' supreme achievement and the best British album of 1969.
-Rolling Stone
Ray Davies' finest hour... beautifully British to the core.
-Melody Maker


  • 50th Anniversary Edition
  • Double LP
  • Remastered in stereo from HD sources
  • Bonus Tracks
  • Deluxe gatefold packaging
  • Booklet with sleeve notes featuring new band interviews, band photos and memorabilia


Side One:

  1. Victoria
  2. Yes Sir, No Sir
  3. Some Mother's Son
  4. Drivin'
  5. Brainwashed
  6. Australia

Side Two:

  1. Shangri-La
  2. Mr. Churchill Says
  3. She's Bought A Hat Like Princess Marina
  4. Young And Innocent Days
  5. Nothing To Say
  6. Arthur

Side Three:

  1. Plastic Man
  2. King Kong
  3. Lincoln County
  4. There Is No Life Without Love
  5. Hold My Hand
  6. Creeping Jean

Side Four:

  1. Mindless Child Of Motherhood
  2. This Man He Weeps Tonight
  3. Groovy Movies
  4. Victoria (BBC Mix)
  5. Mr. Churchill Says (BBC Mix)
  6. Arthur (BBC Mix)

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