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Muswell Hillbillies [Hybrid SACD]

the Kinks Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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1. 20th Century Man
2. Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues
3. Holiday
4. Skin & 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. Mountain Woman
14. Kentucky Moon

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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

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes sir July 24 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I don't think I have heard a Kinks album that I didn't like.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SACD ROCKS!!! April 9 2010
Format:Audio CD
Excellent music and excellent sound quality. If you care about these two things, get yourself some SACDs and something to play them on. Many Playstation 3 units before the most recent ones will work (check to be sure though) and most if not all of the latest Sony Blu-Ray players work too (i.e. the 2010 models just released). SACD is awesome technology for music lovers especially jazz and classical for which there are a lot of releases every month. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Known Classic April 25 2004
By Asphalt
Format:Audio CD
Simply one of the best English albums ever recorded....along with Village Green Preservation Society.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Kinks Dec 30 2003
Format:Audio CD
When you first listen to Muswell Hillbillies you might be taken aback. Here is one of the greatest bands in rock putting out what seems to be a country/folk album. But give the album a second and third listen and you'll be glad you did. As with all albums, it has it's ups and downs but each song is solid and the album has a sense of continuity that sometimes eluded the Kinks. The album starts out with Ray bemoaning the 20th century ("I was born in a welfare state, ruled by bureaucracy, controlled by civil servants and people dressed in gray"), one of the greatest protest songs ever written and even though it is from the last century, it has even more relevant today. Don't miss the harder version on One for the Road. The theme is picked up again in "Here Come the People in Grey," another great number. The second song goes right into a Dixie land jazz number, Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues, a hilarious ditty about a man so paranoid he can't leave his front door.
The humor throughout the whole album is some of the Kinks best, Ray even teases himself as he sings about places he's never been to. The album also stresses Ray's favorite theme, getting back to a simpler life, while echo's are heard throughout the album (as well as many Kinks albums) nowhere is it more pronounced as in Complicated Life, just try singing the la de da chorus without smiling. Oklahoma USA reminds us that dreaming is one of life's true pleasures.
I could on but suffice it to say, there is not one weak song on this album, which makes Muswell Hillbillies, in my opinion, the best album the Kinks ever made.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Underrated Masterpiece Dec 13 2003
Format:Audio CD
Despite a couple of dated references, Muswell Hillbillies stands up incredibly well in this 21st-Century man's opinion. As improbable as this may sound, some of the lyrics work better now than they did in the 70s (tell me "Skin And Bones" isn't talking about the Atkins Diet). Of course, the album's timelessness is only one facet of its greatness. The playing is excellent, with slide guitar and brass augmenting the arrangements. Ray Davies layers his themes even more deftly than usual, resulting in a tasty lasagna of cultural parallels. Always wistful for ways gone by, Ray introduces the concept that American and English "folks" are not so different, using blues, country and even Salvation Army band sounds to make his point. No song illustrates this better than "Have A Cuppa Tea"... except perhaps the title track itself. The lyrics are replete with stuff you'll want to quote at any opportunity. And what seems at first like run-of-the-mill escapism, on repeated listenings, reveals itself as a complex yearning for freedom from a place one loves but can barely endure.
I can't say enough about this album, and have tried too hard already. Get it! I can't imagine you'll be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A portrait of modern society Nov. 6 2003
Format:Audio CD
Throughout the 20th century, we saw 2 world wars, one VERY unpopular one in Vietnam, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the CIA and KGB, political scandal and societal change and conflict. It's no surprise that Ray Davies felt the urge to let us all know about his discontent with modern life. Throughout "Muswell Hillbillies" Davies scorns the arms race, pompous new age literature, fashion and diet trends, bureaucrats, intelligence agencies, war, and the repo man with his trademark biting wit and paranoia. Of course, the thing about Davies its that he doesn't rely completely on doom and gloom to get his point across. He's also faithful that someone out there understands and dammit, he's going to keep his job, succumb to the demands of the government and dodge the repo man just long enough to aquire the funds needed to run away to West Virginia!
I suppose the saddest thing about "Muswell Hillbillies" is that we DO understand Ray Davies' contempt. It's the 21st century now and things really havn't changed that much...I think we could all use a little time in the hills of West Virginia.
Anyway, great album. Everything you would expect from the Kinks and more
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Format:Audio CD
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. It's not overly-pop like "One for the Road" which, I think if you want to hear The Kinks, is not what you're looking for, and it's not full of filler like "Greatest Hits."
My second Kinks choice would be "Something Else by The Kinks." The only way you'll do better than these is to have someone compile songs for the greats you miss here. Greatest hits has too many unnessecary songs and not enough "great" songs.
If you want to listen to The Kinks, go with Muswell Hillbillies. It's better than you might anticipate - Good Music... Really Good Music. Meaningful and toe-tapping too. Deep *and* fun. An excellent band.
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