Muswell Hillbillies Import, Hybrid SACD
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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.
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.
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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.
I can't say enough about this album, and have tried too hard already. Get it! I can't imagine you'll be disappointed.
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
The album has a theme - rather than a story line - and this helps. When rock musicians have to follow a storyline you often end up with songs that are there to advance the story, rather than because they are any good. This affected the Kink's later concept albums in the 1970s, and it also, in my opinion, marred the 1969 work, 'Arthur' although most Kinks fans would disagree with me there.
The theme is the impact of change from outside on a small north London urban community, one which the Kinks co-founders Ray and Dave Davies grew up in. Thus it starts with '20th Century Man', a defiant manifesto of opposition to change, and this runs right through songs like 'Complicated Life', and 'Here Come the People in Grey'. It also contains vingettes of the characters of the community - 'Uncle Son', the singer's "baby" who has been taken to 'Holloway Jail' and his grandmother in the rousing 'Have a Cuppa Tea'. Great songs. As is 'Alcohol' - even if it did give leader Ray Davies an unfortunate excuse to act a drunken fool on stage. The song works on several levels: the slurred vocal is only a little too hammy; the rhythm of the piece both mimics and mocks that of a drunken stagger; while in the background a horn section plays, sounding rather like a Salvation Army temperence band.
The split from the Kinks' earlier work can be over-emphasised.Read more ›
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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 6 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