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All tracks have been digitally remastered by Bob Ludwig (Gateway Mastering, Portland, Maine).

This is a Hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

1979's LOW BUDGET became The Kinks' biggest selling release since their GREATEST HITS album of 1966. This was due in large part to constant touring and significant airplay of such singles as "(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman"). This period followed an era of concept albums and saw Ray Davies returning to the craft of separate, simpler songs. One of the album's highlights is the quietly engaging "Little Bit Of Emotion."

Davies alternates between being a romantic and a social commentator, though LOW BUDGET stresses the later aspect of his songwriting. The streamlined arrangements, loud guitars, and loud drums of LOW BUDGET are in keeping with the sound of the previous (SLEEPWALKER and MISFITS) and future (GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT, STATE OF CONFUSION, and WORD OF MOUTH) Kinks albums.

Recorded at Konk Studios, London, England in January 1979; The Power Station, New York, New York in May 1979; Blue Rock Studios, New York, New York in June 1979. Originally released on Arista (AB 4240). Includes liner notes by Fred Schruers.

Personnel: Dave Davies (vocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboards); Ray Davies (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Jim Rodford (vocals, bass guitar); Nick Newell (saxophone); Mick Avory (drums).

Audio Mixer: John Rollo.

Liner Note Authors: Rob Gillis; Fred Schruers.

Recording information: Blue Rock Studios, New York, NY (01/1979-06/1979); Konk Studios, London, England (01/1979-06/1979); Power Station, New York, NY (01/1979-06/1979); The Power Station, NY (01/1979-06/1979); Toy Specialists, New York, NY (01/1979-06/1979).

Photographer: Gary Gross.

The Kinks: Ray Davies (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Dave Davies (vocals, guitar); Jim Rodford (vocals, bass); Mick Avory (drums).

Additional personnel: Nick Newell (saxophone).
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If you were knocked unconscious at a 1978 Kinks show and found yourself suddenly waking up in the time of Rip Van Obama, the sound of Low Budget in heavy rotation would not seem out of place in the least. And perhaps, given Ray Davies penchant for playing with our heads, it might be an interesting sleight of hand to see Low Budget re-emerge as a brand new work on iTunes and enjoy the reaction to it's still fresh and troubling perspective on the decline of empire, tenuous alliances and pervasive …
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