On this day in music history: July 10, 1979 – …

On this day in music history: July 10, 1979 – “Low Budget”, the seventeenth studio album by The Kinks is released. Produced by Ray Davies, it is recorded at The Power Station and Blue Rock Studios in New York City from January – June 1979. Following the release of “Misfits”, The Kinks second album for Arista, the band undergo a series of personnel changes. Bassist Andy Pyle and keyboardist John Gosling depart to work on a project together. They are replaced by former Argent bassist Jim Rodford and former Pretty Things keyboardist Gordon John Edwards, though Edwards quits before recording begins on “Low Budget”. Ray Davies himself plays keyboards during the recording sessions for “Low Budget”. Boasting a harder rocking guitar dominated sound than most of their 70’s era work, it quickly finds favor with the bands loyal fan base, becoming second best selling album of their career. It spins off three hit singles including the rock/disco flavored “(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman” (#41 Pop), which is also issued as an extended 12" single in advance of the album. It is remastered and reissued on CD in 1999 with three additional bonus tracks. “Low Budget” peaks at number eleven on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.