With Record Store Day looming, The Kinks have announced vinyl reissues of three of their classic albums: ‘Arthur’ (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)’, ‘Face To Face’ and ‘Something Else By The Kinks’. The re-releases will be available from April 21st on Universal

‘Arthur’ is The Kinks’ 1969 concept album, focused around fictional carpet layer Arthur Morgan. The reissue includes 2 LP’s printed on white coloured vinyl.

1966’s ‘Face To Face’ represented the band’s departure from the rock & roll of the early ‘60s.It also saw an artistic breakthrough for frontman Ray Davies’ songwriting, creating a candid caricature of British society at the time. The 2 LP reissue is printed onto blue coloured vinyl

The Kinks’ fifth studio release, ‘Something Else By The Kinks’ featured hits such as ‘Waterloo Sunset’ and ‘Death Of A Clown’. It acted as a crossroads for The Kinks in terms of the sound and production style, and features three songs written by Dave Davies. The reissue, comprising of two LP’s, is printed onto red coloured vinyl

Each of the vinyl reissues are presented in deluxe packaging, featuring booklets designed by Phil Smee, which unreleased images from the time of each album’s release. Each of the reissues, limited to 500 copies in the UK, are individually numbered, remastered from the original tapes by the band’s archivist Andrew Sandoval

For more information on Record Store Day, visit www.recordstoreday.co.uk

Thomas Johnston

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