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1. Everybody's A Star (Starmaker)
2. Ordinary People
3. Rush Hour Blues
4. Nine To Five
5. When Work Is Over
6. Have Another Drink
7. Underneath The Neon Sign
8. Holiday Romance
9. You Make It All Worthwhile
10. Ducks On The Wall11. (A) Face In The Crowd
11. You Can't Stop The Music
12. Everybody's A Star (Starmaker) (Mono Mix)
13. Ordinary People (Live)
14. You Make It All Worthwhile (Live)
15. Underneath The Neon Sign (Live)

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Maybe the most entertaining of all Kinks concept albums, this 1975 RCA LP now features the great sound it always deserved. You Make It All Worthwhile; Underneath the Neon Sign; Everybody's a Star , and the rest join bonus live cuts and alternate mixes!

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Umm...a little literacy would help Aug. 11 2006
By bdlove@earthlink.net - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is one of those Kinks records that just went sailing over people's heads. The idea of a rock star gradually becoming a mediocre nobody is the stuff of genius. It's about the oppressive sameness of the masses, and just think about it for a second. What does the expression "keep it real" mean? I can tell you. It means "don't think you're better than the 'hood. Stay undeducated and lame and watch TV and listen to weak rap numbers that denigrate women in a predictable style." Real real.

Ray Davies nailed it all those years ago: We're not a culture of individualists, by any means.. We're all about conformity. He just puts it out there, straight, no chaser. We should ask ourselves: How much have we "settled" over the years? How much has identifiable product overwhelmed the process of choice? To my knowledge, this is the only album that has ever addressed the question.

What Ray Davies does here is illustrate, from his own coast, how the weight of just "fitting in" can crush anyone, even a genius. The moral: Don't fit In! And Ray never did. Melodically as well, this has some of the greatest tunes ever generated. The actual CD closer (not the one on the extended version) has had me in tears.

This is a very, very brilliant album. I wouldn't use the word "silly" for any of it. Ironic, in high Shakespearean style, is more appropriate. It is, in its way, a fully fleshed out version of "I'm not like everybody else," which is hilariously used non-ironically in a commercial these days. Don't they get it? They are ALL like everybody else! That's what the song is about.

Irony 101 for all ad execs. Mandatory. (Oh yeah, and I know folks have noted that "Lust for Life" by Iggy is being used to promote family values. I have lived this long?)

Finally, if the above all sounds daunting....Soap Opera also great fun to listen to. Good singing, good playing, melodies and hooks galore, wit, intelligence, and Ray Davies's voice. And a spectacular foray into the mind of the 20th Century Ape-Man.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Strange, yet strangely relevant Nov. 9 2005
By J. Fregosi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Any Kinks album is an investment of time. Unlike other groups who try to make instant hits upon first listening, The Kinks write albums as a single thematic unit. Their "concept album" era, of which Soap Opera belongs, is their most disliked period, but also their most misunderstood.

When I first heard this album, many years ago, I thought it trite, silly and rather shallow. However, I dug it out of my cassette collection recently and re-acquainted myself with it. Once again, I was unimpressed. For some reason I kept listening to it over and over, and found myself less invested with the music than the story. Essentially its about a trumped up rock star who exchanges placed with a middle-aged clerk in order to prove he could make him a "star". Silly concept.

Suddenly I recognized a parallel between the album's story and the wave of reality show on TV. I could easily imagine a show based off of this very premise. Now the story didn't seem silly, but prescient. This is where the magic of the Kinks exists. Ray Davies delves into the distubing trend of societal obsessions and juxtaposes them with the allure of the simple life.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
put on the headphones and slide into this album Feb. 22 2006
By Milkweed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Just visualise the theatre in this music. This album was a great escape for me when it came out. I can't wait to get it on CD. The original album was destroyed when my husband fell down the stairs carrying my albums in a box when we were moving. Oh well. When you listen to this, it's like having a little movie playing in your head. However, recommended for hardcore Kinks fans only. If you really just like their radio ditties, you might find the soap opera side of Ray & Dave kind of weird.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A good time was had by all July 29 2009
By Charles A. Clemens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Despite their smash hits from the sixties, the Kinks never seemed able to maintain the fan-base that other English groups attained and manipulated so well. I think it's a sad reflection on the intelligence and imagination of my generation. Oh well, it's over and done with, isn't it? I mean, what have we to look forward to now but Social Security, physical decline, ill health, and, ultimately, death.
But, doggone it, SOAP OPERA was a wonderful album. I'm not going to dissect it and attempt to grade or degrade individual cuts on the work. I just want to say that, from my perspective, this album has it all. It was great fun everytime I put the disk on. The artwork was outstanding, the performance impeccible, the lyrics, the feel for the mood of the time, the music.... Why couldn't everyone see that?! It has often been said that the Kinks' "theatrical" period was their least popular. In my mind, it was the artistry of Ray Davies and the Kinks at their best. If you didn't "get it", it's your loss.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Kink Classic March 10 2011
By B. Lwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album is brilliant....lyrically, musically, conceptually....it is the one Kinks album start to finish that I never tire of....the tongue in cheek of Mr. Davies was never more evident. What fun....wish I had seen it live....there are YouTube performances out there....Holiday Romance is a real classic!!