A new four-disc deluxe edition box set will commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Kink’s groundbreaking 1969 LP Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire).
The innovative LP is a concept album about a British carpet-layer, who moves to Australia after World War II. It followed The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, which also told a story across an entire album.
According to multiple outlets, the massive box set will include new mono and stereo mixes of Arthur, bonus tracks, demo, and rehearsal recordings, and the long-lost solo album from guitarist Dave Davies that he made amid the studio sessions for Arthur. The box set will also contain a book with essays about The Kinks, new interviews with members of the group, photos from the time period and the script for a proposed Arthur play.
As for a possible tour, Dave Davies told Rolling Stone, “I really don’t know. I think it’s possible. It’s not out of the question. But at this stage, it’s far too early to say. It would be fun though, wouldn’t it?”