Out today (January 22nd) are the 50th anniversary editions of the Kinks‘ 1970 classic Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround, Part One — better known as Lola. The album is being issued domestically as a multi-format release, including a “Deluxe Box Set,” vinyl, Deluxe double-CD, single CD, and available across digital formats.
According to the press release, “Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround, Part One, is the eighth studio album by the Kinks, recorded and released in 1970. A concept album ahead of its time, it’s a satirical appraisal of the music industry, including song publishers, unions, the press, accountants, business managers, and life on the road. One of the all time classic Kinks albums.”
Upon its original release, Lola peaked at Number 35, with the title song hitting Number Nine, with the instant FM classic “Apeman,” peaking at Number Five in the UK.
Kinks leader Ray Davies looked back at the album, recalling, “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.”
Guitarist Dave Davies told us throughout their career, the Kinks were always most proud of their musical diversity: [“Y’know, you can do tracks with acoustic guitar, then you can have a heavy track and then you can have a novelty track. Kinks albums always consisted of a variety of feelings, songs and attitudes.”] SOUNDCUE (12 OC: . . . songs and attitudes)
- The Kinks will broadcast The Moneygoround: A One Man Show on their official YouTube page on January 29th at 3 p.m. ET.
- Live For Live Music posted, “The show will look to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band’s Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround, Part One concept album originally released in November 1970. The 45-minute one-man play starring actor Ben Norris as the lead role was co-written by Ray Davies alongside English dramatist Paul Sirett.
- Ray Davies said in a statement: “The Moneygoround is a one-man show documenting a character facing the challenging circumstances of making an album under extreme pressure. This play, similar to a psychodrama, follows the ups and downs of the character as he plays out events in his life. He confronts the dark forces surrounding him after falling into an emotional and financial ‘hole,’ eventually he is saved by a song after confiding in his friend, Lola.”
CHECK IT OUT: The Kinks in 1970 performing “Lola” live on Britain’s Top Of The Pops: