Preservation Act 2

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Preservation: Act 2
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Studio album by The Kinks
Released 8 May 1974 (Act 2)
Recorded January - March 1974
Studio Konk Studios, London
Genre Rock
Length 67:00, 76:56 (1998 reissue)
Label RCA (original)
Rhino (1991 reissue)
Velvel (1998 reissue)
Producer Ray Davies
The Kinks chronology
Preservation Act 1
(1973)Preservation Act 11973
Preservation Act 2
(1974)
Soap Opera
(1975)Soap Opera1975
Singles from Preservation Act 2
  1. "Money Talks"
    Released: April 1974 (US)
  2. "Mirror of Love"
    Released: 5 April 1974 (UK)
  3. "Mirror of Love (Band version)"
    Released: 26 July 1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (9.5/10)[2]
Robert Christgau B−[3]

Preservation Act 2 is a 1974 concept album by British rock band The Kinks, and their twelfth studio album. 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.

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[edit]

All tracks written by Ray 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

Personnel[edit]

The Kinks

with:

Technical
  • Roger Beale - engineer
  • Pat Doyle - art direction
  • Bob Searles - design
  • Jerry Preston - illustration

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Kinks: Preservation: Act 2 > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  2. ^ Josephes, Jason. "The Kinks: Preservation Act 2". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 23 December 2001. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Kinks". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 12 November 2011.