Land of hope and gloria, land of my Victoria …

One might not think that a 45 rpm single about Queen Victoria would be released the United States before the United Kingdom, but on October 15, 1969, Reprise Records decided to do just that and release The Kinks’ “Victoria” in the US (it would be released in the UK two months later). The song peaked at #65 on the Billboard Hot 100 — the first Kinks’ single to chart in the US since “Sunny Afternoon” in 1966.

“Victoria” was the opening track to the band’s seventh studio LP Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire), a concept album about a London man who moves to Australia after WWII.

Once again Ray Davies and The Kinks deliver great satiric lyrics with great rock and roll.


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