The Decline and Fall of the British Empire

Heads up for 50th anniversary editions of Arthur or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire. I’ve gone for this and the double vinyl edition. The Village Green set was superb so hoping this is as good.

7" square x 3” deep, 2-part rigid card box containing: 4 x CDs, 4 x 7" singles, book, printed memorabilia, enamel badge

4 x CDs (in individual card wallets)
• 2019 newly remastered stereo and mono versions of original Arthur album from HD sources
• Mono and stereo single versions, B-sides, alternate mono / stereo mixes, demos, BBC mixes and Dave Davies’ solo
• 2 new recordings of Ray Davies with The Doo Wop Choir, including one previously unreleased track
• 3 previously unreleased tracks written for Arthur, and recorded by the ‘Come Dancing’ Workshop Ensemble (1998)
• New Ray Davies remixes of album tracks ‘Australia’ and ‘Shangri-La’
• 81 tracks total, comprising 5 previously unreleased tracks and 28 previously unreleased versions

4 x Arthur related 7” singles (with reproduced original international artwork)
• Drivin’ / Victoria / Shangri-La / Hold My Hand (Dave Davies solo)

Softback book
• Extensive essays by world-renowned Kinks experts, original cancelled Arthur play co-scriptwriter Julian Mitchell, and original album sleeve designer Bob Lawrie
• New interviews with Ray Davies, Dave Davies and Mick Avory
• Band photos, original release international cover artwork and memorabilia

Printed memorabilia
• Reproduced original photos & posters

Badge
• Bespoke, exclusive, metal & enamel Kinks logo pin badge

CD1

ORIGINAL STEREO ALBUM, 2019 REMASTER

  1. Victoria (Stereo)

  2. Yes Sir, No Sir (Stereo)

  3. Some Mother’s Son (Stereo)

  4. Drivin’ (Stereo)

  5. Brainwashed (Stereo)

  6. Australia (Stereo)

  7. Shangri-La (Stereo)

  8. Mr. Churchill Says (Stereo)

  9. She’s Bought A Hat Like Princess Marina (Stereo)

  10. Young And Innocent Days (Stereo)

  11. Nothing To Say (Stereo)

  12. Arthur (Stereo)
    Bonus Tracks

  13. Plastic Man (Stereo)

  14. Victoria (Alternate Stereo Mix)

  15. Yes Sir, No Sir (Alternate Stereo Mix)

  16. Drivin’ (Alternate Stereo Mix)

  17. Brainwashed (Alternate Stereo Mix)

  18. Australia (Alternate Stereo Mix)

  19. Shangri-La (Alternate Stereo Mix)

CD2

ORIGINAL MONO ALBUM, 2019 REMASTER

  1. Victoria

  2. Yes Sir, No Sir

  3. Some Mother’s Son

  4. Drivin’

  5. Brainwashed

  6. Australia

  7. Shangri-La

  8. Mr. Churchill Says

  9. She’s Bought A Hat Like Princess Marina

  10. Young And Innocent Days

  11. Nothing To Say

  12. Arthur
    Bonus Tracks

  13. Plastic Man (Mono)

  14. King Kong (Mono)

  15. Victoria (Alternate Mono Mix)

  16. Australia (Alternate Mono Acetate Mix)

  17. Shangri-La (Alternate Mono Mix)

  18. She’s Bought A Hat Like Princess Marina (Alternate Mono Mix)

  19. Australia (Australian Mono Single Mix/Edit)

CD3

THE GREAT LOST DAVE DAVIES ALBUM (STEREO)

  1. This Man He Weeps Tonight

  2. Mindless Child Of Motherhood

  3. Hold My Hand

  4. Do You Wish To Be A Man?

  5. Are You Ready?

  6. Creeping Jean

  7. I’m Crying

  8. Lincoln County

  9. Mr. Shoemaker’s Daughter

  10. Mr. Reporter

  11. Groovy Movies

  12. There Is No Life Without Love

Bonus Tracks

  1. Lincoln County (Mono Single Mix/Edit)

  2. There Is No Life Without Love (Mono)

  3. Hold My Hand (Mono)

  4. Creeping Jean (Mono Single Mix/Edit)

  5. Mindless Child Of Motherhood (Mono)

  6. This Man He Weeps Tonight (Mono)

  7. Mr. Shoemaker’s Daughter (Alternate Stereo Mix)

  8. Mr. Reporter (Alternate Stereo Mix)

  9. Groovy Movies (Alternate Stereo Mix)

  10. Lincoln County (Acoustic Mix)

  11. Hold My Hand (Alternate Take)

CD4

DEMOS / REHEARSALS / BBC MIXES / THEATRICAL / DOO WOP / REMIXES

Part 1

  1. Arthur’s Journey (Introduction) (Stereo)
  2. Australia (2019 Mix) (Stereo)
  3. Home Demos Medley, 1969: Arthur / Victoria / Some Mother’s Son / Drivin’ /
    Brainwashed / Mr. Churchill Says (TV Premix) (Mono)
    Part 2
  4. Shangri-La (2019 Mix) (Stereo)
  5. My Big Sister (Theatrical Version) (Stereo)
  6. Stevenage (Theatrical Version) (Stereo)
  7. Space (Theatrical Version) (Full Version) (Stereo)
  8. The Future (Doo-Wop Version) (Stereo)
  9. Arthur (Doo-Wop Version) (Stereo)
    Part 3
  10. The Virgin Soldiers March (Mono)
  11. Soldiers Coming Home (Instrumental) (Mono)
  12. King Kong (BBC Mix) (Mono)
  13. Victoria (Ray Davies & Band With The DR Symphony & Vocal Ensemble) (Stereo)
  14. Arthur (BBC Mix) (Mono)
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I’d never of Arthur - The Decline and Fall of the British Empire, went and did some research and just ordered it and The Village Green Preservation Society, thanks for the heads up. :+1:

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