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
Studio 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 their eleventh 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. The latter briefly charted on the Billboard Pop Singles chart peaking at No. 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 tracks written 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


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. ^ 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.