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Performer: The Kinks
Genre: Rock
Title: Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire
Released: 2016
FLAC version ZIP size: 1620 mb
MP3 version ZIP size: 1417 mb
WMA version ZIP size: 1668 mb
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Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) is the seventh studio album by English rock band 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.

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.

The Kinks 1969 Arthur Or The Decline And Fall. The Kinks 1969 Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire) - 08 Mr. Churchill Says 04:42. The Kinks 1969 Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire) - 01 Victoria 03:39. The Kinks 1969 Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire) - 02 Yes Sir, No Sir 03:46. The Kinks 1969 Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire) - 05 Brainwashed 02:34. The Kinks 1969 Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire) - 06 Australia 06:46  . The Kinks - Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) (album - 1969) 48:46.

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Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Victoria
A2 Yes Sir, No Sir
A3 Some Mother's Son
A4 Drivin'
Engineer – Brian Humphries
A5 Brainwashed
A6 Australia
B1 Shangri-La
B2 Mr. Churchill Says
B3 She's Bought A Hat Like Princess Marina
B4 Young And Innocent Days
B5 Nothing To Say
B6 Arthur

Companies, etc.

  • Recorded At – Pye Studios
  • Distributed By – Pye Records
  • Printed By – Garrod & Lofthouse
  • Manufactured By – Nippon Columbia Co., Ltd.

Credits

  • Arranged By, Art Direction – The Kinks
  • Conductor [Brass, Strings] – Lew Warburton
  • Design, Artwork By – Bob Lawrie
  • Engineer – Andrew Hendriksen*
  • Liner Notes – Geoffrey Cannon
  • 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

Notes

Japanese 1st Press
Direct import Jacket and Queen insert from UK
Disc is made in Japan

℗ 1969.
Recorded at Pye Studios, London.
Commissioned by Granada Television Ltd., London.
Distributed by Pye Records (Sales) Ltd.
Printed and made by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd.

Catalog numbers:
NSPL 18317 - on Jacket backcover and spine (same cover as mono version but stickered by NSPL-prefix on back cover).
YS-2262-Y - on OBI And center labels.

Released on a black and blue PYE label.
Gatefold Unipak cover.
Issued with "Queen Victoria" insert.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout stamp side A): Y-358-157 1-A-1 ⑭
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout stamp side B): Y-358-158 1-A-1

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
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