Yes Sir, No Sir - The Kinks - Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire
Label: Essential - ESM CD 511,Essential - GSA 0000511ESM • Format: CD Album, Reissue, Remastered • Country: UK & Europe • Genre: Rock • Style: Pop Rock, Classic Rock
Kinks frontman Ray Davies constructed the concept album as the soundtrack to a Granada Television play and developed the storyline with novelist Julian Mitchell ; the television programme was never produced. The rough plot revolved around Arthur Morgan, a carpet-layer, who was based on Ray and guitarist Dave Davies ' brother-in-law Arthur Anning.
A mono version was released in the UK, but not in the US. It is now available on the deluxe edition re-issue. Arthur was met with nearly 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 "the Kinks' finest hour", and Marcus ranked it "the best British album of ".
The album, although not very successful commercially, was a return to the US charts for the band. It failed to chart in Britain. British production company Granada TV approached Ray Davies in early Januaryexpressing interest in developing a film or play for television.
Davies was to collaborate with writer Julian Mitchell on the "experimental" programme,  with a soundtrack by the Kinks to be released on an accompanying LP. Development of Arthur occurred during a rough period for the band, due to the commercial failure of their previous album The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society and the subsequent single" Plastic Man ", as well as the departure of founding member and bassist Pete Quaife. When an article in the New Musical Express mentioned Maple Oak, the band he had formed without the rest of the Kinks' knowledge,   Davies unsuccessfully asked Quaife to return for the upcoming sessions of Arthur.
While Davies was abroad, the other members of the band had been rehearsing and practising for the upcoming album, as well as lead guitarist Dave Davies ' solo album, nicknamed A Hole in the Sock of.
The group turned to the recording proper on 1 May The Kinks began a two-week series of focused sessions on 5 May, laying down an early version of the entire Arthur album. Recording was interrupted when the Kinks travelled to BeirutLebanon on 17 May to Rebel Music - Various - Wu Trax On Wax three dates at the Melkart Hotel;  sessions for Arthur resumed the day after their return, and most of the recording Heavenly Rape - Rosemary Malign & Eugenics Council / Dr.
Randall Phillip - Split the album was finished by the end of the month. Writing for the TV play progressed through May and June, and on 15 June mixing for Dave Davies' solo LP was completed tapes for this record were eventually delivered to Puladinho - Waldir Calmon E Seu Conjunto* - Feito Para Dançar No.
7 and Reprise Records, although it never saw official release. By early September production was scheduled to begin, with a Hold On George - Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl broadcast of late September, but these plans were continually delayed.
Roy Stonehouse was hired as a No Sir - The Kinks - Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire , and the casting was completed, but the show was cancelled at the last minute when the producer was unable to secure financial backing.
The story is partially inspired by the Davies brothers' older sister Rose, who emigrated to Australia in with her husband Arthur Anning. Arthur Morgan Derek and Liz and Terry and Marilyn are emigrating to Australia. Arthur did have another son, called Eddie. He was named after Arthur's brother, who was killed in the battle of the Somme. Arthur's Eddie was killed, too—in Korea. Davies later commented in his autobiography, X-Raythat Anning later "told me that he I told Arthur that I felt guilty Run Red Run - The Coasters - Coast Along using him as a subject for a song, but he shrugged off my apology, saying that he was flattered.
The album set the stage for the Kinks' return to touring the United States in late and paved the way for even greater commercial success with the hit song " Lola " in For the first time since their breakthrough ina Yes Sir single failed to make an impression on the UK charts  — Johnny Rogan notes that "This was the first of two pilot singles for Arthur and its failure did not augur well.
As with Village Greenthe album itself failed to chart when released in October. In the US, " Victoria " was the lead single, backed with the album track "Brainwashed", and was released the same week as the LP.
The single reached number 62 on the Billboard Hot —their highest position since their Top 20 hit " Sunny Afternoon " in The success of the single led to its release in the UK; backed with " Mr.
Churchill Says ", it reached a peak of number Reprise Recordsthe Kinks' US label, devised an elaborate, multi-levelled promotional campaign for Arthur in early The most famous branch of the programme involved a promo package entitled God Save The Kinks.
The set featured various items, including a consumer's guide to the band's albums, a bag of "grass" from the "Daviesland village green", and an LP entitled Then, Now and Inbetween. The Kinks are to be supported, Yes Sir, cheered. And saved. Artwork for Arthur was created by Bob Lawrie. The album was critically acclaimed at the time of release, especially in the US rock press.
Arthur is by all odds the best British album of It shows that Pete Townshend still has worlds to conquer and that The Beatles have a lot of catching up to do. Reception in the UK was not as warm, although reviews were still generally positive.
Today the album receives generally positive reviews. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic said Arthur was "one of the most effective concept albums in rock history, as well as one of the Yes Sir and most influential British pop records of its era",  and in Matt Golden of Stylus called it "the best rock opera ever".
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Kinks. The lyrics sum up the entire plot line of the album, retelling the story of Arthur Morgan. Dave Davies takes over lead vocal duties on the first verse. The lyrics discuss an old, specifically VictorianBritain. Retrieved 1 December Retrieved 20 November Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on 5 February Yes Sir 25 January Village Voice. Retrieved 10 March Archived from the original on 14 January Retrieved 9 March Encyclopedia of Popular Music 5th ed.
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