Preservation: Act 2 was a sprawling two-disc album in its original vinyl incarnation. It was just a better album pure and simple but was one of those releases that might have benefited by reducing the number of songs. There were a number of announcements that were meant to connect the parts of the album, but I found them to be an uninvited disruption to the overall flow of the music. I did appreciate the rocking nature of a number of tracks as on “When A Solution Comes,” “He’s Evil,” and “Flash’s Confession," where Dave Davies breaks out his guitar for some scintillating playing with a wah-wah sound.
Preservation: Act 1 and Preservation: Act 2 have been returned to their places on my record shelves. While there are some tracks worth visiting, I find the overall approach to be less inviting as there are a number of Kinks albums that are more worthy of your time. While the Preservation albums have aged well, they are still only for the seasoned Kinks collector.