Everybody's in Show-Biz [Bonus Tracks]

Everybody's in Show-Biz [Bonus Tracks]

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by The Kinks
     
 

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Everybody's in Show-Biz is a double album with one record devoted to stories from the road and another devoted to songs from the road. It could be labeled "the drunkest album ever made," without a trace of hyperbole, since this is a charmingly loose, rowdy, silly record. It comes through strongest on the live record, of course, as it's filled with Ray Davies'See more details below

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Everybody's in Show-Biz is a double album with one record devoted to stories from the road and another devoted to songs from the road. It could be labeled "the drunkest album ever made," without a trace of hyperbole, since this is a charmingly loose, rowdy, silly record. It comes through strongest on the live record, of course, as it's filled with Ray Davies' notoriously campy vaudevellian routine (dig the impromptu "Banana Boat Song" that leads into "Skin & Bone," or the rollicking "Baby Face"). Still, the live record is just a bonus, no matter how fun it is, since the travelogue of the first record is where the heart of Everybody's in Show-Biz lies. Davies views the road as monotony -- an endless stream of identical hotels, drunken sleep, anonymous towns, and really, really bad meals (at least three songs are about food, or have food metaphors). There's no sex on the album, at all, not even on Dave Davies' contribution, "You Don't Know My Name." Some of this is quite funny -- not just Ray's trademark wit, but musical jokes like the woozy beginning of "Unreal Reality" or the unbearably tongue-in-cheek "Look a Little on the Sunnyside" -- but there's a real sense of melancholy running throughout the record, most notably on the album's one unqualified masterpiece, "Celluloid Heroes." By the time it gets there, anyone that's not a hardcore fan may have turned it off. Why? Because this album is where Ray begins indulging his eccentricities, a move that only solidified the Kinks' status as a cult act. There are enough quirks to alienate even fans of their late-'60s masterpieces, but those very things make Everybody's in Show-Biz an easy album for those cultists to hold dear to their hearts.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/07/2006
Label:
Velvel Records
UPC:
0634677981661
catalogNumber:
79816

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kinks   Primary Artist
Dave Davies   Guitar,Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Davy Jones   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,Clavinet
Ray Davies   Guitar,Vocals
Mick Avory   Drums
John Beecham   Trombone,Tuba,Horn
Michael Cotton   Trumpet
John Dalton   Bass,Bass Guitar
John Gosling   Keyboards
Alan Holmes   Clarinet,Flute,Horn,Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
David Jones   Wind
Dave Rowberry   Organ
Mike Cotton   Trumpet
Dave Jones   Clarinet,Saxophone

Technical Credits

Erik Darling   Composer
Ray Davies   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Alan Arkin   Composer
Mike Bobak   Engineer
Bob Carey   Composer
Doug Hinman   Artwork,Reissue Photography
K. Lee Hammond   Reissue Design
Klaus Schmalenbach   Artwork,Reissue Photography
Albert Pinheiro   Engineer
Ryan Tully   Engineer
Fred Schruers   Liner Notes
Graham Hogg   Engineer
Rob Gillis   Liner Notes,Art Direction
Russell Smith Orchestra   Artwork,Reissue Photography

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