Preservation Act 1

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Preservation: Act 1
Studio album by The Kinks
Released 16 November 1973 (Act 1)
Recorded March - July 1973 at Konk Studios, London
Genre Rock
Length 46:54 (1998 reissue)
Label RCA (original)
Rhino (1991 reissue)
Velvel (1998 reissue)
Producer Ray Davies
The Kinks chronology
The Great Lost Kinks Album
Preservation Act 1
Preservation Act 2
Singles from Preservation: Act 1
  1. "One of the Survivors"
    Released: 20 April 1973 (US)
  2. "Sitting in the Midday Sun"
    Released: June 1973
  3. "Sweet Lady Genevieve"
    Released: 21 September 1973 (UK)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (9.8/10)[2]
Robert Christgau C+[3]

Preservation: Act 1 is a 1973 concept album by the English rock group The Kinks. It is the eleventh studio album by The Kinks.

Preservation was not well received by critics and sold poorly (peaking on the Billboard 200 at #177), though the live performances of the material were much better received. Many hardcore Kinks fans were alienated by Ray Davies' melodramatic songwriting during the Preservation project era, resulting in albums that played more like the soundtracks to a piece of musical theatre than rock albums.[citation needed]

However, more recent reviews of Preservation: Act 1 have been more sympathetic to its ambitions.[citation needed] In particular, AllMusics Stephen Thomas Erlewine has declared "Sweet Lady Genevieve" to be the "real candidate for Davies' forgotten masterpiece".[1]

The 1991 CD reissue on Rhino was a 2-CD set combining Preservation: Act 1 with its 1974 follow-up Preservation: Act 2, but with no bonus tracks other than an extended mix of "Money & Corruption / I Am Your Man", featuring an extra instrumental break.

The 1998 CD reissue of Preservation: Act 1 on Velvel includes the single versions of "Preservation" and "One of the Survivors", neither of which are available on the original vinyl release. The latter briefly charted on the Billboard Pop Singles chart peaking at #108.[citation needed]

Cultural references[edit]

The chorus from side 2's "Money and Corruption" was used by the hackers group "Anonymous" when attacking governmental websites during the 2014 World Cup.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ray Davies

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Morning Song"   2:00
2. "Daylight"   3:19
3. "Sweet Lady Genevieve"   3:26
4. "There's a Change in the Weather"   2:59
5. "Where Are They Now?"   3:28
6. "One of the Survivors"   4:31
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Cricket"   2:56
2. "Money and Corruption" / "I Am Your Man"   6:01
3. "Here Comes Flash"   2:41
4. "Sitting in the Midday Sun"   3:47
5. "Demolition"   4:07



  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Kinks: Preservation: Act 1 > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  2. ^ Josephes, Jason. "Kinks: Preservation Act 1". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 23 December 2001. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Kinks". Retrieved 11 November 2011.