Shangri-La – The Kinks vs Electric Light Orchestra

Same Title, Different Song

I  poor
II  average
III  good
IV  very good
V  excellent

Shangri-La -The Kinks
Album: Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) – 1969

The album Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire was a commercial flop, which contributed to many problems the band faced. In the UK, “Shangri-La” was released as a single in September, 1969, a month before the album came out.

Musicanship: IIII

Vocals: IIII

Emotions: IIIII

Lyrics: III

Some Words:

Now that you’ve found your paradise
This is your Kingdom to command
You can go outside and polish your car
Or sit by the fire in your Shangri-la
Here is your reward for working so hard
Gone are the lavatories in the back yard
Gone are the days when you dreamed of that car
You just want to sit in your Shangri-la

Outstanding instrument: acustic guitar

Psychodelic – Trippy – Magical

Final Score: XVI

Shangri-La – Electric Light Orchestra
Album: A New World Record – 1976

This song seems to have two meanings: One referring to a loved one that is never going to come or never come back, the other being that it could be the main characters referring to the mystical lands itself.

Musicanship: III

Vocals: IIII

Emotions: III

Lyrics: III

Some Words:

My Shangri-la has gone away,
Faded like the Beatles on Hey Jude
She seemed to drift out on the rain

Outstanding instruments: Orchestal Arragements

Ghostly – Charming – Beatlesque

Final Score: XIII

And…today’s winner is:  THE KINKS


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