I miss Shel Talmy's mixing and production. Get them both, you won't be sorry. Pitchfork is the most trusted voice in music. The Kinks released a series a excellent records between 1967-1971 [The Village Green Preservation Society, Reviewed in the United States on October 5, 2014. Please try again. I am looking forward to the new anniversary mix that is coming out soon w/ additional tracks. Cleverly, the music is a blend of American and British roots music, veering from rowdy blues to boozy vaudeville. "Here Comes the People In Gray" is a bluesy stomp about a man whose house is being torn down by the city. It seems the more times I play it, the more I appreciate the nuances of the music and lyrics. The mixture of populist themes and the style of music on this disc are similar to the "No Depression" sound, alt-country music that emerged throughout the 1990's in America. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. Muswell Hillbillies came out in 1971, and it was the Kinks' first release on RCA. --Steven Stolder. Musically, Muswell Hillbillies draws on country and pub-jazz elements; check out the trad-band brass that adorns the intoxicating "Alcohol." As an SACD the mix is very good indeed with great detail, depth and soundstage. Well, Muswell Hill was a community in England that the Davies family had to move to after their neighborhood in North London was razed and gentrified. A nice bonus on the 'Lola Vs. Powerman & the Moneygoround' Deluxe version is the inclusion of the 'Percy' album [released the same year as Lola] - never before released in America on CD. "Oklahoma USA" is a pretty ballad about living in a fantasy world "with Shirley Jones and Gordon McRae." Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. Please try again. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. It doesn’t reach the heights of “Something Else” or “Village Green," but that would set the bar unfairly high. This may be the most entertaining album the Kinks ever made. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 26, 2018. What's a Muswell Hillbilly? 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. Unable to add item to List. “20th Century Man” sets the stage well as an opener. Muswell Hillbillies may very well be the best Kinks album you never heard, a scathing but witty take on urban renewal. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2014. A great find. Indeed, many tracks on "Muswell Hillbillies" would feel right at home in an early Wilco album. Muswell Hillbillies features Ray Davies at his whipcracking best, rolling out lyrics like "The milkman's a spy and the grocer keeps on following me/ And the woman next door's an undercover for the KGB." After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. I would count it among their top 3 for songwriting and conceptual execution. A wonderful brass band turns up on two of the album's best tracks "Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues" and "Alcohol" (oh, there's a good combination). Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 9, 2017, Bought this CD for a single track but loved it. This could be a brilliant cd, I bought it after being reminded of it when listening to Ray Davies American 2. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Bad quality vocals,but it's a good album and weel worth a listen. Potentially disappointing, lays the 60's sound permanently to rest, Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2006. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 2, 2014. I would definitely recommend the new release as well. Highly recommended to everyone who appreciates British rock at its quirky best. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Most of these albums escaped notice here in America - or at least on American radio. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. 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. 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. Great songs and performances, but I find the mix a bit muffled. Muswell Hillbillies was a landmark album for the Kinks, marking a real switch from the pop singles band to album based focus, the mistake was that were as the Rolling Stones and the Who continued to give each album a strong radio play single , The Kinks did not, and with Muswell Hillbillies containing at least three possibly four tracks that would have made good radio play singles, the fact that no single was released in the UK contributed to disappointing sales at the time. No, it's not quite a concept album, more like an idea album-- a buncha songs that are a bit downbeat in theme but lively in execution. 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. Muswell Hillbillies was a landmark album for the Kinks, marking a real switch from the pop singles band to album based focus, the mistake was that were as the Rolling Stones and the Who continued to give each album a strong radio play single , The Kinks did not, and with Muswell Hillbillies containing at least three possibly four tracks that would have made good radio play singles, the fact that no single was … referencing Muswell Hillbillies, LP, Album, Ind, LSP-4644 It took me almost 50 years to become as cynical as Ray Davies apparently was at 26. “Muswell Hillbillies” is an album that bears repeated listening. 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. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. This explains why you haven't been able to find the little bastard for years, but the good kids at Velvel know what's up; They've reissued this 1971 album (and are filling in the gaps for everything up until 1984). It is an interesting album that could have been better, but is still very much worth seeking out.
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