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December 6, 2016

The Kinks – One For The Road (1980) – 2Lp

by Record Facts

The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1963 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. They are regarded as one of the most important and influential rock bands of the era. The band emerged in 1964 during the height of British rhythm and blues and Merseybeat, and were briefly part of the British Invasion of the US until their touring ban in 1965.













Artist:  The Kinks
Title:  One For The Road
Year:  1980
Format:  2LP
Label:  Arista Records
Catalog#  300932

All tracks written by Ray Davies. Tracks recorded at Syracuse Arena Landmark Theatre Syracuse, Syracuse, New York, 4 March 1980; Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts, 6 March 1980 and Southeastern Massachusetts University, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, 7 March 1980.

The Kinks‘ scattershot U.S. career never fully flourished like that of their British Invasion peers. The most quintessentially British of British bands — especially in the increasingly nostalgic songs of vocalist/rhythm guitarist Ray Davies — the Kinks enjoyed a spike in popularity in America in the late ’70s and early ’80s. The gold-selling 1980 double-live album One for the Road is a fascinating document of trailblazing elder statesmen who paved the way for heavy metal and punk, but never felt a glorious pop song was out of their grasp. It also proves that Dave Davies is a criminally underrated lead guitarist. Brothers Dave and Ray Davies, bass guitarist Jim Rodford, drummer Mick Avory, and guest keyboardists Ian Gibbons and Nick Newell recorded One for the Road at several concerts in 1979 and 1980. “Lola” is the best-known track from this album, and this live reading was a minor hit single; Ray Davies‘ teasing intro shows his playful side. “The Hard Way,” “Low Budget,” a raw, stripped-down “(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman,” “Celluloid Heroes,” and “You Really Got Me” are the other standouts.


Side one
1.  Opening   (1:43)
2.  The Hard Way   (2:42)
3.  Catch Me Now I’m Falling   (4:47)
4.  Where Have All The Good Times Gone   (2:16)
5.  Intro: Lola   (0:54)
6.  Lola   (4:48)
7.  Pressure   (1:35)

Side two
1.  All Day And All Of The Night   (3:44)
2.  20th Century Man   (6:19)
3.  Misfits   (3:38)
4.  Prince Of The Punks   (3:55)
5.  Stop Your Sobbing   (2:30)

Side three
1.  Low Budget   (6:06)
2.  Attitude   (3:50)
3.  (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman   (6:32)
4.  National Health   (4:13)

Side four
1.  ‘Till The End Of The Day   (2:44)
2.  Celluloid Heroes  (7:21)
3.  You Really Got Me   (3:40)
4.  Victoria   (2:26)
5.  David Watts   (2:05)

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