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Everybody's in Show-Biz
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|8. Supersonic Rocket Ship|
|9. Look A Little On The Sunny Side|
|10. Celluloid Heroes|
|11. Top Of The Pops|
|13. Mr. Wonderful|
|14. Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues|
|16. Muswell Hillbilly|
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Two LP set of 21 tracks of this classic early Kinks album, Everybody's In Showbiz. From the opening track of Here Comes Yet Another Day till the legendary closer of Lola, the long time fans will reminiscence about past Kinks shows worthy of revival on stage with their props and antics and new listeners will be hooked with the Brits' twist on life through their music. The Kinks were an English Pop /Rock group formed in 1963, and categorised in the US as a British Invasion band. Despite being less commercially successful than their contemporaries, the Kinks are sometimes cited as one of the most important and influential rock bands of all time.
It makes sense that a transition album by the Kinks wouldn't be a run-of-the-mill transition album. This artifact from 1972 originally came out on two LPs, the first consisting of new studio material (highlighted by the sublime "Celluloid Heroes" and "Sitting in My Hotel") and the second documenting a two-night Carnegie Hall stand. The live selections are representative of the sodden sets the Kinks were notorious for at the time. Ray Davis is in good humor ("My name's Johnny Cash; nice to see y'all"), and a seedy four-man horn section nicely juices up "Alcohol," which surpasses its studio predecessor. As the follow-up to the popular Muswell Hillbillies, Showbiz didn't wow fans and critics when it arrived, but it now stands as a tellingly haphazard venture from a group that just wasn't cut out for straight-to-the-top stardom. --Steven Stolder --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Some have said this is not a good album to introduce new fans to Ray Davies and the Kinks. I think it's the perfect one.
Raymond Douglas Davies and his entourage produced great music at a phenomenal rate without the sort of promotional and theatrical nonsense that seemed to plague the other two acts. The bottom line is, what the Kinks were doing musically was more sophisticated than their counterparts. That's why they were able to survive.
This CD is a highlight of what would become a prelude to the last great pinnacle of working years for the Kinks. To someone who may be unfamiliar with that era of rock (from about 1971 - 1973), the music on this CD may sound like an average collection of songs that were thrown together for quick consumption. Not so.
This CD serves as a historical benchmark for the Kinks and shows how the band changed from their "Kinkdom" days of two guitars (or one), a bass guitar and drums to something else, entirely. The music is good, and if you can read between the lines, there's a lot of humor here.
This is a fun album; These are the Kinks going through a phase that highlighted their showmanship, with Davies throwing in a lot on unpredictable antics for good measure. Sometimes in concert, Ray would throw a case of beer out into the audience during "Alcohol", which of course, made the crowd go nuts.
"Everybody's In Showbiz" is one of the Kink's best, but because of the evolving nature of the band, is not necessarily representative of the majority of the Kink's work. It does, however, stand out very well.
However, any album which contains an all-time masterpiece like "Celluloid Heroes" can't be all *that* bad, and indeed there are a number of gems which redeem this double concept album detailing the joys and trials of life on the road.
The studio half of the album contains an increasing amount of musical filler ("Maximum Consumption", "Hot Potatoes") which borrows a little too obviously from English music hall; by 1972 the band had worn out that genre and these tracks sound a bit labored. However, the opening "Here Comes Yet Another Day" is a pounding rocker that got even better on stage (check out the version on "BBC Sessions"), "Sitting In My Hotel" is a graceful ballad, "Motorway" a hilarious account of life on the road, "Supersonic Rocket Ship" a decent hit single (their last UK hit for ten years) slightly reminiscent of "Apeman", and of course "Celluloid Heroes" is one of the greatest songs in the group's entire catalogue. Lyrically, Ray was still capable of pulling out clever rhymes and juggling humor, cynicism and nostalgia with ease, which helps on the musically weaker cuts. More rockers along the lines of the snappy "Here Comes Yet Another Day" might have helped, but otherwise there's enough good--even great--songs here to make for enjoyable listening. It's only in comparison to, say, "Something Else" or "Village Green" that its weaknesses are more apparent.Read more ›
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One of the first Kinks albums I bought, and it remains one of my favourites. I bought it because of a rave review in Stero Review (now Sound & Vision). Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2002 by David Ings
This kind of Kinks is the kind that gets deep into your sould as you play it. Each selection, even the live ones, has that stuff that gives you that "WELL ALL RIGHT! Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2000
I can enjoy this CD when I am in a whimsical mood. The songs are silly, sardonic and true because they are pointless. Read morePublished on Sept. 8 2000
I will skip the babbling about how great The Kinks are. Here is the order in which I recommend buying their albums:
1. Something Else By The Kinks (5 stars)
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"Celluloid Heroes" is one of the very best Kinks songs. Its touching nostalgia sums up one facet of what the Kinks do very well. Read morePublished on April 15 2000 by Joe Lee
Although most die-hard Kinks fans seem to regard "Everybody's in Showbiz" as an uncharacteristic weak effort from the boys, I personally believe that that assessment... Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2000 by kevin march
this album may not be for everyone, but anyone who is into the Kinks or who wants to expand their mind will want to buy this cd. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2000 by Alexander Raymond