Preservation Act 1

Legacy Recordings
Release date
10 Feb 2003
Running length
26 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Preservation (US Single) 3:36 70
1 Morning Song 2:00 4,836
2 Daylight 3:20 5,789
3 Sweet Lady Genevieve 3:26 8,429
4 There's a Change in the Weather 3:00 4,499
5 Where Are They Now? 3:28 4,606
6 One of the Survivors 4:15 7,347
7 Cricket 2:56 4,280
8 Money and Corruption / I Am Your Man 7:01 355
9 Here Comes Flash 2:40 4,207
10 Sitting in the Midday Sun 3:44 6,910
11 Demolition 4:08 6,190
12 Preservation 3:37 1,002
13 One of the Survivors (Single Edit) 4:09 2,881
13 One of the Survivors (Single Mix) 4:06 31

About this album

Preservation: Act 1 is a 1973 concept album by the English rock group The Kinks.

Preservation was not well-received by critics and sold poorly (peaking on the Billboard 200 at #177), though the live performances of the material were much better received. Many hardcore Kinks fans were alienated by Ray Davies’ melodramatic songwriting during the Preservation project era, resulting in albums that played more like the soundtracks to a piece of musical theatre than rock albums.

However, more recent reviews of Preservation: Act 1 have been more sympathetic to its ambitions. In particular, All Music’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine has declared “Sweet Lady Genevieve” to be the “real candidate for Davies’ forgotten masterpiece”.

The CD reissue of Preservation: Act 1 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 #108.

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  • Kaoru_is_here

    Preservation Act 1 & 2 would make a great rock musical and a movie that I'd really want to see. Unfortunately it's very unlikely that someone is ever going to shoot it. Bummer.

    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • hi-im-austin

    Criminally underrated. Sweet Lady Genevieve, Preservation, Morning Song and Where Are They Now? are becoming some of my favourite Kinks songs.

    12 Jul 2010 Reply
  • alfapp

    The lyrics of Preservation Act I & II are so great and timeless

    18 Apr 2010 Reply

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