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The Kinks: Everybody's in Show-Biz [Deluxe] [Digipak]

Track List

>Here Comes Yet Another Day
>Maximum Consumption
>Unreal Reality
>Hot Potatoes
>Sitting in My Hotel
>You Don't Know My Name
>Supersonic Rocket Ship
>Look a Little on the Sunny Side
>Celluloid Heroes
>Top of the Pops [Live] - (live)
>Brainwashed [Live] - (live)
>Mr. Wonderful [Live] - (live)
>Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues [Live] - (live)
>Holiday [Live] - (live)
>Muswell Hillbilly [Live] - (live)
>Alcohol [Live] - (live)
>Banana Boat Song [Live] - (live)
>Skin and Bone [Live] - (live)
>Baby Face [Live] - (live)
>Lola [Live] - (live)
>'Til the End of the Day [Live] - (live)
>You're Looking Fine [Live] - (live)
>Get Back in Line [Live] - (live)
>Have a Cuppa Tea [Live] - (live)
>Sunny Afternoon [Live] - (live)
>Muswell Hillbilly [Live] - (live)
>Brainwashed [Live] - (live)
>Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues [Live] - (live)
>Holiday [Live] - (live)
>Alcohol [Live] - (live)
>Complicated Life [Live] - (live)
>She's Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina [Live] - (live)
>Long Tall Shorty [Live] - (live)
>Supersonic Rocket Ship [Alternate Mix] - (remix)
>Unreal Reality [Alternate Mix] - (remix)
>Sophisticated Lady [Backing Track]

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (10/26/72, p.56) - "..this is a delightfully varied, endlessly entertaining album, its best moments equal or surpass the best rock & roll of the last few years.."

Album Notes

Personnel: Dave Davies, Ray Davies (vocals, guitar); John Gosling (accordion, keyboards); Alan Holmes (clarinet, saxophone); Mike Cotton (trumpet); John Beecham (trombone, tuba); Mick Avory (drums).

Audio Remasterer: Vic Anesini.

Liner Note Author: David Fricke.

Recording information: Carnegie Hall, New York (03/03/1972-03/02/1972); Morgan Studios, Willesden, London (03/03/1972-03/02/1972); Carnegie Hall, New York (03/1972-10/1972); Morgan Studios, Willesden, London (03/1972-10/1972).

Photographers: Michael Putland; Klaus Schmalenbach; Gijsbert Hanekroot; Jorgen Angel.

This 1972 double-album is one of the last from the Kinks period that began with ARTHUR--after they abandoned the quaintness of '60s pop, but before they surrendered to the bombast of '70s rock. On the first, studio-recorded half, the Kinks exude a sense of loose, ragged fun. While tracks such as "Unreal Reality" betray Ray Davies's well-known leanings towards cynicism, others such as "Supersonic Rocket Ship" (a hit in England) and the moving "Celluloid Heroes" recall the sweetness that marked classics of his such as "Waterloo Sunset."

The second half of the album, taped at a March 1972 performance at Carnegie Hall, is a fine reminder of a time when the live Kinks really seemed to be enjoying themselves on stage. Ray Davies in particular seems to be in fine form, joking with the audience through a stage persona that draws heavily on the tradition of English music hall entertainers. Davies manages to be both satirical and highly entertaining, a combination that informs the album's theme of weariness and cynicism about the life of a rock star. Though EVERYBODY'S IN SHOWBIZ doesn't rank with the Kinks' best work, it is a fine demonstration of their fun live shows, and their irrepressible spirit.


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