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Everybody's in Show-Biz

4.2 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000008HCE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
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1. Here Comes Yet Another Day
2. Maximum Consumption
3. Unreal Reality
4. Hot Potatoes
5. Sitting In My Hotel
6. Motorway
7. You Don't Know My Name
8. Supersonic Rocket Ship
9. Look A Little On The Sunny Side
10. Celluloid Heroes
11. Top Of The Pops
12. Brainwashed
13. Mr. Wonderful
14. Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues
15. Holiday
16. Muswell Hillbilly
17. Alcohol
18. Banana Boat Song
19. Skin And Bone
20. Baby Face
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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.

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This is a stellar piece by The Kinks..I tend to say that a lot when it comes to THE KINKS, however they stretch in every release. The Davies Brothers especially Ray are simply Brilliant and is so many ways. They are not afraid to take on any taboo ( Lola ) and sing on it no matter if it might appal the average listener. This is a mixture of newly written work to make up the concept for the title however there are a number of reprise items such as LOLA that are added in because they happen to add to the idea of the CD. Some tracks are quite short, average is 3.50 minutes long, as was the norm back in 1972. I would go ahead and say that this is a must have for any serious collector, just as having a section of KINKS music is also a must have, this has to be in it.....Spigomars
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This is a splendid album, a diverse album, a funny album, and a thought-provoking album. Nowhere else will you hear a band go from the melodramatic dirge of ALCOHOL to the silly strains of THE BANANA BOAT SONG, to the old standard BABY FACE, and come sliding into home with LOLA and CELLULOID HEROES.
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.
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Of the thundering herd, only three English musical groups lasted well after the early sixties British invasion: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and the Kinks. Unlike the other two, however, the Kinks were just teenagers when they tasted their first successs with "You Really Got Me" and "Stop Your Sobbing".
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.
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By A Customer on March 20 2004
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Though most people give this one ****.I give it *****.It is truly excellent.It was one of the very first kinks cd's I ever bought.And I still love very much.Contrary to what some people believe I think the studio album on here is their 4 best one of all time.It has some very nice underated tracks.Here Comes Yet Another Day is a road rocker.I just like Hot Potatoes for some reason.I'm not sure why.One of the very best songs on it is Sitting In My Hotel.Not many people like it and it never gets talked about either.I think it's a beautiful piano filled track.With a great beat.Super Sonic Rocket Ship is also a great guitar filled dity about airplanes.Celluloid Heroes is the best known song on the album.And it really does hold it's own.Now on to the live album.It's also very good.I think they do Holiday and Muswell Hillbillies especially good.They also share some other classic well known hits.That you can't get anywhere else but this album.Such as Banana Boat.And thier EXCELLENT jazz filled version of Baby Face.Which is my favorite track that they do on the live part of the album.If you don't already have this get it some where.Remastered version or not.(It only has 2 extra tracks).HIGHLY RECOMENDED!
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Coming as it did after the incredible six-album streak which began with 1966's "Face To Face" and ended in 1971 with "Muswell Hillbillies", "Everybody's In Showbiz" is a step down in quality, and was savaged at the time by critics as a patchy, mediocre effort indicative of rock's ailing state at the time.
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.
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