The Kinks - Low Budget (Red vinyl)
The Kinks - Low Budget (Red vinyl)
The Kinks - Low Budget (Red vinyl)
The Kinks - Low Budget (Red vinyl)

The Kinks - Low Budget (Red vinyl)

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Ray Davies - guitar, keyboards, vocals

Dave Davies - guitar, background vocals

Jim Rodford - bass, background vocals

Mick Avory - drums

Nick Newall - saxophone

Gordon Edwards - piano on "Low Budget"

 

1 LP, Gatefold Cover

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : Red

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : RTI

Label : Friday Music

Original Label : Arista

Recorded January - June 1979 at Power Station and Blue Rock Studios in New York

Engineered & mixed by John Rollo

Produced by Ray Davies

Remastered by Joe Reagoso

Originally released in 1979

Reissued in 2017

 

Tracks:

Side A :

  1. Attitude
  2. Catch Me Now I’m Falling
  3. Pressure
  4. National Health
  5. (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman

           

Side B :

  1. Low Budget
  2. In A Space
  3. Little Bit Of Emotion
  4. A Gallon Of Gas
  5. Misery
  6. Moving Pictures

 

Reviews :

"Low Budget doesn't have a narrative like Preservation or Soap Opera, but Ray Davies cleverly designed the album as a sly satire of the recession and oil crisis that gripped America in the late '70s -- thereby satisfying his need to be a wry social commentator while giving American audiences a hook to identify with. It was a clever move that worked; not only did Low Budget become their highest-charting American album (not counting the 1966 Greatest Hits compilation), but it was also a fine set of arena rock, one of the better mainstream hard rock albums of its time. And it certainly was of its time -- so much so that many of the concerns and production techniques have dated quite a bit in the decades since its initial release. Nevertheless, that gives the album a certain charm, since it now plays like a time capsule, a snapshot of what hard rock sounded like at the close of the '70s. Perhaps not so coincidentally, Davies' songwriting fluctuates throughout the album, since it's dictated as much by commercial as artistic concerns, but the moments when he manages to balance the two impulses -- as on the disco-fueled "(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman," the vaudevillian "Low Budget," "A Gallon of Gas," the roaring "Attitude" (possibly their best hard rocker of the era, by the way), and "Catch Me Now I'm Falling," where Davies takes on the persona of America itself -- are irresistible. Low Budget may not have the depth of, say, Arthur or Village Green, but it's a terrifically entertaining testament to their skills as a professional rock band and Davies' savvy as a commercial songwriter." AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

 

Ratings :

AllMusic : 4 / 5 , Discogs : 3,82 / 5

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