Kinks, The - Low Budget

Year of Release: 2003
Label: Mobile Fidelity
Catalog Number: 2008
Format: CD
Total Time: 59:27:00

The Kinks are one of those rock bands that have always been around. Considering they started back in '60s, that is not too far from the truth. Being a viable source of music for fans worldwide for over 4 decades now is a tribute to Ray and Dave Davies and their sheer brilliance in creating rock-pop gems. Ray is the master storyteller and his brother Dave has his chops down on guitar to set all of his brother's stories into motion. With standout musicians like Mick Avory (drums) and Jim Rodford (bass) to help them along over the years, they always had a lineup that was quality talent from top to bottom when they went into the recording studio or on the road.

In 1979, they made an album that put them on the map in America like never before. Low Budget was the perfect blend of pop rock and political satire. It charted favorably, was exceptionally successful, and opened up the arena rock realm to the band. They never looked back after that album.

I remember hearing all the most popular tunes from the album on the radio while I was going to disc jockey school in Connecticut. It was common to turn on the radio anytime during the day or evening and hear ?Low Budget,? ?A Gallon Of Gas,? and ?(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman? playing. Although I never went out and actually bought any Kinks albums, I had a friend in school that loved them so I had a chance to hear a lot of their previous work. I was in awe at what a great rock and roll band they were and to this day cannot understand why they were not extremely popular here in the U.S. before the commercial success of Low Budget.

This was one of the last great albums of the classic rock era before the mindless '80s kicked in and music lost its heart and soul (temporarily). It has gradually become one of my favorite all time albums. It has all the trappings, hooks and big guitars that made arena rock so popular. Of course, the charm, grace, and wit of Ray Davies sure made it all that much more enjoyable.

With this great new issue from Mobile Fidelity, all the best of those rocking guitars, the pulsating rhythm section, and Mr. Davies' distinctive British inflected vocals come delivered realistically to you from your sound system. Great rock 'n' roll and the best possible sound you could imagine is what every music lover yearns for. When you listen to a classic rock album such as this in a format that brings out all the best in the music, you find simple satisfaction and the real pleasures of a listening experience.

Released originally in 1979 by Arista (4240); most recently (not the Mofi version) in 2008 by JVC Japan (64258) and Velvel (LP. 79837); [And yeh, we know it isn't prog ?ed.]

Attitude (3:49) / Catch Me Now I'm Falling (5:59) / Pressure (2:27) / National Health (4:04) / (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman (3:37) / Low Budget (3:49) / In A Space (3:45) / Little Bit Of Emotion (4:42) / A Gallon Of Gas (3:48) / Misery (2:57) / Moving Pictures (3:43) / Bonus Tracks: A Gallon Of Gas (US Single Extended Version) (3:51) / Catch Me Now I'm Falling (Original Extended Version) (6:48) / (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman (Disco Mix Extended Version) (5:58)

Ray Davies - vocals, guitar, keyboards
Dave Davies - lead guitar, vocals
Mick Avory - drums
Jim Rodford - gass guitar, vocals

Kinda Kinks (1965/2001*)
You Really Got Me (1965)
Kinks-Size (1965)
Kinkdom (1965)
The Kink Kontroversy (1965/2001*)
Face To Face (1966)
The Kinks' Greatest Hits (1966)
Something Else By The Kinks (1967/2003**)
Live At Kelvin Hall (1968)
The Village Green Preservation Society (1968)
Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire (1969)
Lola Vs. The Powerman & The Money-Go-Round, Pt 1 (1970)
Muswell Hillbillies (1971)
Everybody's In Show-Biz (1972/2003)
Preservation: Act 1 (1973)
The Great Lost Kinks Album (1973)
Preservation: Act 2 (1974)
The Kinks Present Schoolboys In Disgrace (1975)
The Kinks Present A Soap Opera (1975)
Sleepwalker (1977)
Misfits (1978)
Low Budget (1979/2003)
One For The Road (1980)
Give The People What They Want (1981)
State Of Confusion (1983)
Word Of Mouth (1984)
Think Visual (1986)
Road (1988)
Phobia (1993)
To The Bone (1994, UK)
To The Bone (1996, US)

plus numerous compilations/best ofs (see

Genre: Rock

Origin UK

Added: June 15th 2003
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
Artist website:
Hits: 565
Language: english


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