Preservation Act 1

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Preservation Act 1
Studio album by
Released16 November 1973
RecordedMarch–July 1973
StudioKonk, London
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
Christgau's Record GuideC+[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[3]
The Great Rock Discography5/10[4]

Preservation Act 1 is a concept album and the 12th studio album by the English rock group the Kinks, released 16 November 1973 by RCA Records.

Preservation Act 1 did not sell well (peaking on the Billboard 200 at No. 177). However, it was well received by many critics at the time. A review in Rolling Stone by Ken Barnes was critical of Ray Davies' "tendency toward vaudevillian excess," but overall he rated Preservation as a "highly listenable, enjoyable album."[6] Barnes singled out "Sitting in the Midday Sun" as a "wistfully irresistible" number and labeled "One of the Survivors" the Kinks' "best outright rocker" in years.[6] Gary Lucas, reviewing Preservation Act 1 for Zoo World, also had high praise for the work, stating: "Dare I say it is one of the nicest albums to be released this year (if not the best)? Of course I will."[7] Focusing on the musical theater aspects of the LP, Barbara Charone ranked the album as one of the "most impressive" of the Kinks' career.[8]

Some more recent reviews of Preservation Act 1 have been sympathetic to its theatrical 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. It contained one bonus track ("Preservation") and 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 is 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.[9]

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

Additional personnel

  • Alan Holmesbrass
  • Laurie Brown – brass
  • John Beecham – brass
  • Krysia Kocjan, Lee Pavey, Lewis Rich, Pamela Travis, Sue Brown – additional singers


  • Dave Davies – engineer
  • 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 0-89919-026-X. 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.
  6. ^ a b Barnes, Ken, The Kinks: Preservation Act 1, Rolling Stone, February 14, 1974.
  7. ^ Gary Lucas, Preservation Act 1, Zoo World, February 28, 1974, p. 36.
  8. ^ Barbara Charone, The Kinks, Preservation Act 1, Rock, 1973, p. 34.
  9. ^ "'Hacktivists' claim attacks on Brazil World Cup sites". 12 June 2014.