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|1. 20th Century Man|
|2. Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues|
|4. Skin & Bone|
|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. Mountain Woman|
|14. Kentucky Moon|
The roots, blues and music-hall styles of this 1971 masterpiece have never sounded so sweet: 20th Century Man; Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues , and more.
The first album in the Kinks' RCA phase, this 1971 aggregation stands as one of the pivotal titles in the group's extensive oeuvre. Check out the cover for a sense where this collection is rooted: the five longhaired lads mill about at a sunlit working-class pub where the regulars go about their libationary affairs. The album's keynote tracks--"20th Century Man," "Holiday," "Here Come the People in Grey"--focus on proletariat proceedings that were familiar to frontman Ray Davies and his guitar-slinging sibling, Dave. Indeed, the title track's name is concocted from of the name of the north London community where the Davies brothers grew up and the then-popular Beverly Hillbillies TV show. Musically, Muswell Hillbillies draws on country and pub-jazz elements; check out the trad-band brass that adorns the intoxicating "Alcohol." Ray Davies called this album his "existentialist-type record," noting that he resisted the temptation to design a radio-friendly single to succeed "Lola" in favor of devising a conceptual collection of tunes. For better or worse, it would be some time before he'd abandon his predilection for plots. --Steven Stolder --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I was never really a big fan of the Kinks, until I heard this brilliant album. It's got a great folk-y bluegrass feel to it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kennie
Excellent music and excellent sound quality. If you care about these two things, get yourself some SACDs and something to play them on. Read morePublished on April 9 2010 by Christopher Delong
Simply one of the best English albums ever recorded....along with Village Green Preservation Society.Published on April 25 2004 by Asphalt
If you are going to buy one album by The Kinks, make this the one. It's got their sound, the good songs, no filler. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2003 by Carey
MUSWELL HILLBILLIES is a true Classic, overlooked by way too many rock fans.
In the era of concept albums whose reach generally exceeded their grasp--TOMMY, SATANIC MAJESTIES... Read more
my ex-roommate quite frequently listened to the kinks album that came out a year before this one, lola vs. the powerman and the moneygoround, part one. Read morePublished on July 20 2003 by evan valentine
This it my favorite Kinks album-I really like the Dixieland sounds-perfect for summer relaxing!Published on June 24 2003
This is it, the pinnacle. No matter what it portended for Kinks albums of the seventies or how it differed from the great albums of the sixties, this is the most powerfully... Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2003 by Kepros