It is yet another 50th anniversary of a renowned album. This time around it is The Kinks and one of their best and most renowned albums Lola Versus Powerman, and it promises to be massive, particularly volume-wise.
The deluxe reissue of the album, that is one of the prime examples of a satire about the music industry, is set to be released on December 18. It includes the remastered album, studio outtakes, demo recordings, BBC performances, and previously unreleased material.
As Rolling Stone puts it, “in addition to tracks that featured singer Ray Davies’ scathing view at the music industry at the time, the album also boasted the iconic quasi-title track ‘Lola,’ the Kinks’ hit about an encounter with a transgender person.” “he album is a celebration of artistic freedom (including my own) and the right for anyone to be gender-free if one wishes,” Davies said in a statement. “The secret is to be a good and trusting person and friend.”
The reissue comes in a wide variety of formats, from single-CD and LP- editions of the newly remastered album up to a limited edition “Deluxe Box Set” that includes the three CDs — the original album plus “singles (stereo and mono mixes), B-sides, alternate original mixes, new medleys with Ray and Dave Davies’ spoken word commentary, new Ray Davies remixes and original session outtakes, previously unreleased session and live tape audio, instrumental and acoustic versions, previously unreleased demos and BBC material — plus a pair of reproduced 7-inch singles from the era, ‘Lola’/’Berkeley Mews’ and ‘Apeman’/’Rats.'”