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Preservation: Act 2

Preservation: Act 2
The Kinks
Released 8 May 1974 (Act 2)
Recorded January - March 1974 at Konk Studios, London
Genre Rock
Length 76:56 (1998 reissue)
Label RCA (original)
Rhino (1991 reissue)
Velvel (1998 reissue)
Producer Ray Davies
The Kinks chronology

Preservation Act 1
Preservation Act 2
Soap Opera
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (9.5/10)[2]
Robert Christgau (B-)[3]
Piero Scaruffi (5/10)[4]

Preservation Act 2 is a 1974 concept album by British rock band The Kinks. It was not well received by critics and sold poorly (peaking on the Billboard 200 at #114), though the live performances of the material were much better received. Many hardcore Kinks fans were alienated by Ray Davies' melodramatic songwriting during the Preservation project era, resulting in albums that played more like the soundtracks to a piece of musical theatre than rock albums; however, many Kinks' fans welcomed the imaginative concept and cite the two albums as extremely creative and some of Davies' best work.

The 1991 CD reissue on Rhino was a 2-CD set combining Preservation: Act 2 with its 1973 predecessor Preservation: Act 1, but with no bonus tracks.

The 1998 CD reissue of Act 2 on Velvel featured the outtake "Slum Kids", a popular live piece for The Kinks.

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Raymond Douglas Davies
Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Announcement"   0:41
2. "Introduction to Solution"   2:43
3. "When a Solution Comes"   3:40
4. "Money Talks"   3:44
5. "Announcement"   0:55
6. "Shepherds of the Nation"   4:17
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Scum of the Earth"   2:45
2. "Second-Hand Car Spiv"   4:01
3. "He's Evil"   4:25
4. "Mirror of Love"   3:26
5. "Announcement"   0:34
Side three
No. Title Length
1. "Nobody Gives"   6:33
2. "Oh Where Oh Where Is Love?"   3:40
3. "Flash's Dream (The Final Elbow)"   4:17
4. "Flash's Confession"   4:06
Side four
No. Title Length
1. "Nothing Lasts Forever"   3:42
2. "Announcement"   0:20
3. "Artificial Man"   5:30
4. "Scrapheap City"   3:16
5. "Announcement"   1:05
6. "Salvation Road"   3:20



  • Discogs (list of releases)

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