×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Muswell Hillbillies [Bonus Tracks]
     

Muswell Hillbillies [Bonus Tracks]

by The Kinks
 

See All Formats & Editions

How did the Kinks respond to the fresh start afforded by Lola? By delivering a skewed, distinctly British, cabaret take on Americana, all pinned down by Ray Davies' loose autobiography and intense yearning to be anywhere else but here -- or, as he says on the opening track, "I'm a 20th century man, but I don't want to be here." Unlike

Overview

How did the Kinks respond to the fresh start afforded by Lola? By delivering a skewed, distinctly British, cabaret take on Americana, all pinned down by Ray Davies' loose autobiography and intense yearning to be anywhere else but here -- or, as he says on the opening track, "I'm a 20th century man, but I don't want to be here." Unlike its predecessors, Muswell Hillbillies doesn't overtly seem like a concept album -- there are no stories as there are on Lola -- but each song undoubtedly shares a similar theme, namely the lives of the working class. Cleverly, the music is a blend of American and British roots music, veering from rowdy blues to boozy vaudeville. There's as much good humor in the performances as there are in Davies' songs, which are among his savviest and funniest. They're also quite affectionate, a fact underpinned by the heartbreaking "Oklahoma U.S.A.," one of the starkest numbers Davies ever penned, seeming all the sadder surrounded by the careening country-rock and music hall. That's the key to Muswell Hillbillies -- it mirrors the messy flow of life itself, rolling from love letters and laments to jokes and family reunions. Throughout it all, Davies' songwriting is at a peak, as are the Kinks themselves. There are a lot of subtle shifts in mood and genre on the album, and the band pulls it off effortlessly and joyously -- but it's hard not to hear Dave Davies' backing vocals and have it not sound joyous. Regardless of its commercial fate, Muswell Hillbillies stands as one of the Kinks' best albums. [Like the 2013 double-disc deluxe U.K. set that preceded it, the 2014 Legacy edition of Muswell Hillbillies is anchored by a pair of terrific unreleased songs from the sessions: "Lavender Lane" and "Mountain Woman." On the 2013 set, they kicked off a 13-song second disc but here they're part of nine bonus tracks added to the first disc (the other seven are alternate mixes and edits, all present on the 2013 deluxe edition), leaving the second disc as a DVD with a two-song Old Grey Whistle Test performance from 1972 and a nine-song 1972 performance at the Rainbow for the BBC. This means the Legacy has a bunch of frankly terrific live video material that the U.K. set does not, but the U.K. set has three May 1972 BBC sessions that the U.S. double disc lacks. Hardcore fans will want both but those on a budget can plan accordingly.]

Product Details

Release Date:
11/10/2014
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0888430937727
catalogNumber:
309377
Rank:
8903

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. 20th Century Man
  2. Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues
  3. Holiday
  4. Skin and Bone
  5. Alcohol
  6. Complicated Life
  7. Here Come the People in Grey
  8. Have a Cuppa Tea
  9. Holloway Jail
  10. Oklahoma U.S.A.
  11. Uncle Son
  12. Muswell Hillbilly
  13. Lavender Lane
  14. Mountain Woman
  15. Have a Cuppa Tea
  16. Uncle Son
  17. Kentucky Moon
  18. Nobody's Fool
  19. 20th Century Man [
  20. Queenie
  21. Muswell Hillbillies Radio Spot

Disc 2

  1. Have a Cuppa Tea [Liv
  2. Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues [The Old Grey Whistle Test BBC TV 4
  3. Till the End of the Day
  4. Waterloo Sunset
  5. The Money-Go-Round [Live
  6. Sunny Afternoon
  7. The Virgin Soldier March
  8. She Brought a Hat Like Princess Marina [The Rainbow BBC TV 21 July 1972
  9. Alcohol
  10. Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues [L
  11. You Really Got Me

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kinks   Primary Artist
Dave Davies   Guitar,Vocals
Ray Davies   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Mick Avory   Drums
John Beecham   Trombone,Tuba
Vicki Brown   Background Vocals
John Dalton   Bass
John Gosling   Accordion,Keyboards
Alan Holmes   Clarinet
Ken Jones   Harmonica
Mike Cotton   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Ray Davies   Composer,Producer
Mike Bobak   Engineer
Mike Butcher   Engineer
Barry Hammond   Engineer
Martin Levan   Engineer
Roger Quested   Engineer
Andrew Sandoval   Producer
Michael Appleton   Producer
Ira Robbins   Liner Notes
Gretchen Brennison   Direction
Chris Holcombe   Sound Arrangement
Gregg Jackmann   Engineer
Peter Edwards   Sound Arrangement
Mel Cornish   Producer

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews