Preservation Act 2

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Preservation: Act 2
Studio album by The Kinks
Released 8 May 1974 (Act 2)
Recorded January - March 1974
Studio Konk Studios, London
Genre Rock
Length 67:00, 76:56 (1998 reissue)
Label RCA (original)
Rhino (1991 reissue)
Velvel (1998 reissue)
Producer Ray Davies
The Kinks chronology
Preservation Act 1
(1973)Preservation Act 11973
Preservation Act 2
Soap Opera
(1975)Soap Opera1975
Singles from Preservation Act 2
  1. "Money Talks"
    Released: April 1974 (US)
  2. "Mirror of Love"
    Released: 5 April 1974 (UK)
  3. "Mirror of Love (Band version)"
    Released: 26 July 1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic1.5/5 stars[1]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music2/5 stars[2]
The Great Rock Discography3/10[3]
Robert ChristgauB−[5]

Preservation Act 2 is a 1974 concept album by British rock band The Kinks, and their twelfth studio album. It was not well received by critics and sold poorly (peaking on the Billboard 200 at No. 114), though the live performances of the material were much better received.[citation needed]

The 1991 CD reissue on Rhino was a two CD set combining Preservation: Act 2 with its 1973 predecessor Preservation: Act 1, but with no bonus tracks. The 1998 CD reissue of Act 2 on Velvel featured the outtake "Slum Kids", a popular live piece for The Kinks.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ray Davies.

Side one
2."Introduction to Solution"2:43
3."When a Solution Comes"3:40
4."Money Talks"3:44
6."Shepherds of the Nation"4:17
Side two
1."Scum of the Earth"2:45
2."Second-Hand Car Spiv"4:01
3."He's Evil"4:25
4."Mirror of Love"3:26
Side three
1."Nobody Gives"6:33
2."Oh Where Oh Where Is Love?"3:40
3."Flash's Dream (The Final Elbow)"4:17
4."Flash's Confession"4:06
Side four
1."Nothing Lasts Forever"3:42
3."Artificial Man"5:30
4."Scrapheap City"3:16
6."Salvation Road"3:20


The Kinks


  • Roger Beale - engineer
  • Pat Doyle - art direction
  • Bob Searles - design
  • Jerry Preston - illustration


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Kinks: Preservation: Act 2 > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th edn). London, UK: Omnibus Press. p. 2005.
  3. ^ Strong, Martin C. "The KINKS biography". The Great Rock Bible. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  4. ^ Josephes, Jason. "The Kinks: Preservation Act 2". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 23 December 2001.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Kinks". Retrieved 12 November 2011.

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