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Soap Opera Import, SACD

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 25 2005)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: SACD, Import
  • Label: Velvel Records
  • ASIN: B0006U3UBU
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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)

Product Description

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
5.0 out of 5 stars Umm...a little literacy would help Aug. 11 2006
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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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars put on the headphones and slide into this album Feb. 22 2006
By Milkweed - Published on
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars March 31 2015
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As good as I remembered from the seventies.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Kinky Opera June 30 2007
By Kernan W. Mann - Published on
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I bought this to replace my vinyl copy. It's a required piece of listening for anyone wanting to understand how adventuresome a rock act could be if allowed to indulge themselves to their fullest. not exactly Tommy or Quadrphenia, but still a bona fide rock opera, with a story line and a strong vaudville type of presentation.
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2.0 out of 5 stars For die hard Kinks fans Sept. 1 2008
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As a long time Kinks fan, it pains me to not recommend one of their albums. Quite frankly, this one is for those who feel the need to have as much of the Kinks' music as possible. Don't get me wrong, there are some good songs on it, but overall not enough to recommend it. The only song you might recognize is the first track that was used in 2008 for a Converse commercial. That commercial inspired me to finally buy this CD to replace my vinyl version. If you are just discovering the Kinks, wait and get this one later - start with a different one (from the 60s or later 70s or early 80s). If you are well versed in the Kinks music and just want more, then by all means get this and enjoy.