Re: 2 books, 7 movies, 8 albums
I like the ones you like on Preservation II. I think several of the others are good, at least if like me you mostly ignore the lyrics, e.g. "Introduction to a Solution", "Oh Where Oh Where Is Love", "Nothing Lasts Forever", "Salvation Road". I also think the Broadway vibe works on a couple others - "Second Hand Car Spiv" and "Artificial Man" - even if I wouldn't listen to them out of context. The "announcements" are dumb.
Despite reading Davies' autobiography I don't know all the much about his personal life, but I imagine he'd be a pain in the ass to live with.