To celebrate the album’s 50th anniversary, The Kinks are releasing a special multi-format version of Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One, or as most call it… the Lola album.
Ray Davies of The Kinks says: “The album is a celebration of artistic freedom (including my own) and the right for anyone to be gender free if one wishes. The secret is to be a good and trusting person and friend.”
Although it appeared during a transitional period for The Kinks, it contained two hit singles: “Lola”, which reached the #9 US, #2 UK and Germany – becoming the Kinks’ biggest success since “Sunny Afternoon” in 1966 – and “Apeman”, which peaked at #5 in the UK and Germany.
The box set campaign also launches with a brand new Ray Davies’ remix / medley of The Kinks track “Any Time.” Available December 18.
- Lola Versus Powerman was a success both critically and commercially for the group, charting in the Top 40 in America and helping restore them in the public eye, making it a “comeback” album.
- “Lola” was written by Ray Davies in early 1970 and recorded at Morgan Studios in London. The track supposedly tells the romantic tale between a young man and a transgender person whom he meets in a club in Soho, inspired by an alleged encounter by the band’s manager. Released with Village Green Preservation Society outtake “Berkeley Mews” in the UK and the Dave Davies-penned “Mindless Child of Motherhood” in the US, the iconic hook has been sung around the world for decades.
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