Preservation Act 1

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Preservation Act 1
Studio album by
Released16 November 1973 (Act 1)
RecordedMarch - July 1973
StudioKonk Studios, London
46:54 (1998 reissue)
LabelRCA (original)
Rhino (1991 reissue)
Velvel (1998 reissue)
ProducerRay 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
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideC+[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[3]
The Great Rock Discography5/10[4]

Preservation Act 1 is a 1973 concept album by the English rock group the Kinks. It is their twelfth studio album.

Preservation was not well received by critics and sold poorly (peaking on the Billboard 200 at No. 177), though the live performances of the material were much better received. Some more recent reviews of Preservation Act 1 have been more sympathetic to its ambitions, such as AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine, who 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.

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 tracks are written by Ray Davies.

Side one
1."Morning Song"2:00
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
2."Money and Corruption/I Am Your Man"6:01
3."Here Comes Flash"2:41
4."Sitting in the Midday Sun"3:47
CD bonus tracks
12."Preservation" (Single)3:37
13."One of the Survivors" (Single edit)4:07


The Kinks


  • Alan Holmes - brass
  • Laurie Brown - brass
  • John Beecham - brass
  • Krysia Kocjan, Lee Pavey, Lewis Rich, Pamela Travis, Sue Brown - other singers
  • Dave Davies, Roger Beale - engineer
  • Pat Doyle - art direction
  • Chris Hopper - photography


  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Kinks: Preservation Act 1 > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: K". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved 28 February 2019 – via
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th edn). London, UK: Omnibus Press. p. 2005.
  4. ^ Strong, Martin C. "The KINKS biography". The Great Rock Bible. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  5. ^ Josephes, Jason. "Kinks: Preservation Act 1". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 23 December 2001.