Live: The Road

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Live: The Road
Live The Road - The Kinks.jpg
Live album by
Released11 January 1988 (US)
23 May 1988 (UK)
Recorded29 June – 1 July 1987, recorded by Fanta Sound mobile studio.
September – overdubs at Konk Studios, London
2–12 October mixing session at PUK Recording Studios, Denmark.
17–27 October mixing session at Konk Studios, London.
2–9 November – mastering at Masterdisk, New York City.[1]
ProducerRay Davies
The Kinks chronology
Think Visual
Live: The Road
UK Jive
Singles from Live: The Road
  1. "The Road"
    Released: 16 May 1988 (UK)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic1.5/5 stars
Rolling Stone3/5 stars

Live: The Road is the third live album recorded by the British rock band, the Kinks. It was recorded at Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland, on 29 June 1987, and at Mann Music Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 1 July; the second date provided most of the material on the album.[2] One new song, "The Road", was recorded in the Kinks' own studio in September. Most of the concert songs were previously released on other Kinks albums except for "The Road" and "It (I Want It)".

Upon release, the album, like many other albums the band made at the time, was a flop, both commercially and critically. It did not make a dent in the Billboard 100, only hitting 110.[3] AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine described the album as "a tepid document of their workmanlike arena rock shows from 1987" and said the album "wasn't anything special."[3] Rolling Stone was more kind to the album, saying that "it's less predictable and more textured than the tiresome arena-rock performances of the early-Eighties Kinks."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ray Davies except "Living on a Thin Line", which was written by Dave Davies..

Side 1
1."The Road"6:13
4."Come Dancing"3:55
5."Art Lover"3:22
6."Cliches of the World (B Movie)"4:49
Side 2
1."Think Visual"3:13
2."Living on a Thin Line"4:09
3."Lost and Found"5:19
4."It (I Want It)"6:55
5."Around the Dial"4:45
6."Give the People What They Want"4:07




  1. ^ a b c d e f Hinman, Doug (2004). The Kinks: All Day and All of the Night. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 288–90. ISBN 9780879307653.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Discogs". Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "AllMusic". Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  4. ^ Kalogerakis, George. "Rolling Stone". Retrieved 10 May 2014.