On The Turntable

Lola versus Powerman & The Moneygoround, Part I is a classic album from The Kinks and like so many others featured here “On The Turntable” should be in every serious music fan’s collection. Recorded and released in 1970, this LP is considered The Kinks “comeback” album. The groupd had been banned from touring the US in 1965, just at the height of British Invasion, so they were essentially cut off from the mainstream rock n roll market. The ban was lifted in 1969, just in time for the release of Lola vs Powerman. The album is one of the first real concept albums and certainly one of the first to garner any significant chart success. It made the top 40, with the singles “Lola” and “Apeman” reaching the top 10. The concept behind the album is a little tongue-in-cheek jab at the music industry. It references and even pokes fun at the many facets of the industry, including song publishers, unions, the press, accountants, business managers, and life on the road. My favorite songs on this amazing album are not among the 2 major hits. They are in fact, the lesser known “Strangers”, “This Time Tomorrow” and “Powerman”. To me, these three songs are fantastically written, both lyrically and in composition, blending folk and British hard rock in a way that still translates today. Having said that, the entire record is a great listen from start to finish, meandering between musical styles while having some fun at their own expense and that of their industry contemporaries.

The Contenders

Strangers

https://thegreengorilla.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/02-strangers.mp3%20

Denmark Street

Get Back In Line

Lola

Top Of The Pops

Money Go Round

https://thegreengorilla.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/07-the-money-go-round.mp3%20

This Time Tomorrow

https://thegreengorilla.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/08-this-time-tomorrow.mp3%20

A Long Way From Home

https://thegreengorilla.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/09-a-long-way-from-home.mp3%20

Rats

Apeman

https://thegreengorilla.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/11-apeman.mp3%20

Powerman

Got To Be Free

Purchase Online:

Buy Lola versus Powerman & The Moneygoround, Part I on Amazon

Buy Lola versus Powerman & The Moneygoround, Part I on iTunes

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