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The Kinks: Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)

Geoffrey Cannon, Pye Records, Fall 1969

Update 2019. Arthur (the Decline and Fall of the British Empire), the Kinks's second song-cycle, was released half a century ago, in October 1969. It is now remastered and released as a 4 CD set, some 45s and a booklet. Below are the sleeve notes that I wrote for the first British release of the album.

Total word count of piece: 823


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