The Kinks are set to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of their first number one hit single ‘You Really Got Me’ with an extensive re-release program covering their classic 1964-1970 catalogue.
The first album in the series to be re-issued will be 1970’s Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround Part One, to be released on Friday August 15th. The 2-CD reissue expanded edition comes with Mono and Stereo mixes as well as unreleased material and alternative versions, all re-mastered from original tapes by Kinks archivist Andrew Sandoval. The booklet, designed by award-winning art director Phil Smee, comes with rare and unreleased images from the era plus new extensive liner notes written by Peter Doggett. Disc 2 features the 1971 soundtrack album Percy that also includes bonus content.
Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround Part One was a concept album that took a satirical look at the various facets of the music industry including song publishers, unions, the press, accountants, business managers, and the road. The music drew on folk, hard rock, and traditional British music hall.
The album charted in the Top 40 in America and helpedd restore them in the public eye. It also contained two hit singles: ‘Lola’, which reached the top 10 in the US and UK, and ‘Apeman’, which peaked at number 5 in the UK.
Recently, filmmaker Wes Anderson used three of the album tracks, ‘This Time Tomorrow’, ‘Strangers’ and ‘Powerman’, in his film, The Darjeeling Limited.