Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire) (studio 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: 398th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 601 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 (398th)
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Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire) is ranked 2nd best out of 53 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 162 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 11,269.

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Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 601 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 82.7/100, a mean average of 82.2/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 82.9/100. The standard deviation for this album is 12.8.

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90/100
From 03/31/2021 01:58
To fix what Vsaville said:

Victoria and other all-time classics like Shangri-La, Brainwashed, Australia, Yes Sir No Sir, Young and Innocent Days, and more. One of the Kinks' best.
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From 03/18/2021 15:52
victoria and nothing
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From 01/20/2021 19:22
Ray Davies's songwriting rivals that of the Beatles. Especially on cuts like Shangri-La, Victoria, Australia, and Mr. Churchill Says.
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90/100
From 01/03/2021 15:53
My favourite Kinks album. Shangri-la, Yes Sir No Sir, Austrialia all great songs. Love the fact Shangri-la was banned for being condescending!
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65/100
From 10/13/2020 03:41
64/100

Best tracks: Victoria, Australia
Worst tracks: Yes Sir No Sir, Mr Churchill Says, She Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina
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From 12/30/2019 14:27
Great!
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80/100
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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70/100
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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