Muswell Hillbillies [Bonus Tracks]

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/11/2000
  • Label: Jvc Japan
  • EAN: 4988002398065
  • Catalog Number: 61002

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 20th Century Man (5:57)
  2. 2 Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues (3:32)
  3. 3 Holiday (2:40)
  4. 4 Skin & Bone (3:39)
  5. 5 Alcohol (3:35)
  6. 6 Complicated Life (4:02)
  7. 7 Here Come the People in Grey (3:46)
  8. 8 Have a Cuppa Tea (3:45)
  9. 9 Holloway Jail (3:29)
  10. 10 Oklahoma U.S.A. (2:38)
  11. 11 Uncle Son (2:33)
  12. 12 Muswell Hillbilly (4:58)
  13. 13 Mountain Woman (3:08)
  14. 14 Kentucky Moon (3:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Kinks Primary Artist
Dave Davies Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Ray Davies Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Mick Avory Drums
John Beecham Trombone, Tuba
Michael Cotton Trumpet
John Dalton Bass, Bass Guitar
John Gosling Organ, Keyboards
Alan Holmes Clarinet
Mike Cotton Trumpet
The Mike Cotton Sound Brass
Michael Avery Drums
Technical Credits
Ray Davies Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Mike Bobak Engineer
Doug Hinman Contribution
Bob Ludwig Remastering
Roger Quested Engineer
Alan Silverman Mastering
Roger Questeo Engineer
Peter Doggett Liner Notes
K. Lee Hammond Reissue Design
Bill Crowley Reissue Producer
Klaus Schmalenbach Contribution
Albert Pinheiro Engineer
Ryan Tully Engineer
Dawn Frank Engineer
Graham Hogg Engineer
Richard Edwards Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Kinks' many finest moments...

    Every song on here is great, and while the album lacks a storyline (unlike many of the band's many many concept albums), the tunes are strung together with a cohesive sound and theme. Ray's songwriting is in top form, and the band's performances are just as excellent. ''Muswell Hillbillies'' is a must-have.

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