The Kinks’ classic album Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One is getting a special vinyl release to celebrate 50 years of the seminal album.
Recorded in 1970, the eighth studio album from The Kinks is viewed by many as a concept album way ahead of its time, providing a satirical view of the record industry. With classic tracks such as Strangers, This Time Tomorrow, and the huge, global hit, Lola, it went on to become a fan favorite record that still stands up in today’s world with its catchy lyrics and pop-laden melodies.
This will be the first time the record has been pressed to vinyl officially since its release, with the record coming in the original gatefold sleeve on 180g vinyl and special edition booklet with notes, quotes, photos, and memorabilia.
The release of this revolutionary record follows on from the recent #LolaDay on 12th June where acts around the world were encouraged to release covers of one of the band’s biggest singles, and The Amazons providing a memorable one during their quarantine (you can check out the performance below). Lola supposedly tells the story of a chance meeting by a young man with a transgender person in a Soho, London club.
Lola versus Powerman is often described as a ‘comeback’ album by American audiences, restoring them to the public eye with Lola being their biggest hit there since Sunny Afternoon. The Kinks head honcho, Ray Davies describes the hit song as “a celebration of artistic freedom (including my own) and the right for anyone to be gender-free if one wishes. The secret is to be a good and trusting person and friend.”
Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround is available for preorder now from the official Kinks store and will be released on December 11th, 2020.