Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire) (album) by The Kinks

Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire)
Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire) by The Kinks
Year: 1969
Overall rank: 396th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 560 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1969 (14th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1960s (49th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (396th)
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Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire) is ranked 2nd best out of 51 albums by The Kinks on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Kinks is The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society which is ranked number 175 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 10,873.

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Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 560 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 82.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 82.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 12.8.

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From 12/30/2019 14:27
Great!
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From 12/30/2018 11:13
'Arthur' was originally written for a BBC Television show that was cancelled just as filming was about to commence. It is a concept album that tells the tale of one Arthur Morgan who lives in London in a house called Shangri-La (note: the track "Shangri-La" was actually inspired by visiting Davies' sister Rose in Adelaide Australia) with a wife called Rose He has a son called Derek who's married to Liz, and they have 2 children Terry and Marilyn. Arthur's son Derek and family are planning to emigrate to Australia. Arthur's 2nd son Eddie was killed in the Korean war , whilst his brother was killed in the battle of the Somme.
The album tracks fit loosely around this premise

The 12 tracks that make up 'Arthur' represent another outstanding Kinks album with the band at their creative peak. This is never more evident than hearing the non-album tracks that appear on the 'Arthur Deluxe' edition. Cracking songs such as "This Man He Weep's Tonite" , "Mindless Child of Motherhood" , "Creeping Jean" , "Lincoln County" and "Hold My Hand" are as good as any on the actual album and are among some of The Kinks finest compositions.

Simply awesome
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100/100
From 12/12/2018 19:17
Better than village green in my opinion, although it is very close. I hope they do a 50th anniversary box set for this to rival the village green one - which is fabulous.
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60/100
From 05/20/2018 12:23
After the brilliant look at English traditional simple lifestyle Ray Davies gaze upon the Royal side of things.
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From 02/13/2018 19:45
Arthur è una sorta di concept sull'impero britannico, trattato con la solita dose di ironia...
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From 02/01/2018 13:24
Some Mother's Son is beautiful.
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From 12/04/2017 10:24
Brilliant all the way through. Cant decide which one of this and village green are the second best kinks album after lola. hmm
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80/100
From 08/21/2017 20:39
Falls apart a little bit halfway through, but it's a fun record
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From 03/05/2017 18:04
Favorite Tracks: Yes Sir, No Sir, Victoria & Arthur
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From 05/26/2016 17:05
Another concept album from The Kinks, Arthur, is another good record although it's not quite as warm as, village green, and much more cynical. Off course with Ray Davies at the helm there are going to be some fantastic songs and, Arthur, doesn't disappoint on that score. Victoria, opens the album, an excellent song, as is, Australia, and, she's bought a house, is another strong cut. Arthur, is The Kinks last album of the sixties, a decade in which they had made a massive contribution to popular music. Very good record
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