Title - 'Everybody's in Show-Biz (Legacy Edition)'
Artist - The Kinks
Telling it like it is, Ray Davies, the legendary lead singer of The Kinks has had more than a successful career within the music industry. Indeed, one that spans some 40 years, it has been filled with endless hit songs, some with lyrics that show his wit, cynicism, and sometimes inner personal joy in so many ways that they never fails to make me smile!
He has written some of the best songs ever heard down the years - especially those on the magnificent The Kinks Choral Collection - but here on the just-released Everybody's in Show-Biz (Legacy Edition) we still get to hear some of their best collective work, that's for sure. Once again, as with all these wonderful Legacy Recordings re-releases of classic albums, we get our history re-taught thru the eyes of the master himself.
Indeed, the 1972 follow-up to Muswell Hillbillies was originally issued as a double-LP with the first record featuring a new studio album and the second LP documenting the band’s two nights at Carnegie Hall in March 1972.
This new double-disc Legacy Edition of Everybody’s In Show-Biz now includes this double album in its entirety, alongside a bonus CD featuring previously unissued studio sessions outtakes (recorded for the album in 1972) and more live material recorded during the Carnegie Hall concert run. A 3LP vinyl reissue (ooooh, vinyl!) includes some of this unheard material on a third bonus LP.
CD ONE: The Original Album
1. Here Comes Yet Another Day
2. Maximum Consumption
3. Unreal Reality
4. Hot Potatoes
5. Sitting In My Hotel
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 (live)
12. Brainwashed (live)
13. Mr. Wonderful (live)
14. Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues (live)
15. Holiday (live)
16. Muswell Hillbilly (live)
17. Alcohol (live)
18. Banana Boat Song (live)
19. Skin And Bone (live)
20. Baby Face (live)
21. Lola (live)
Tracks 1-10 Recorded March-October 1972 at Morgan Studios, Willesden, London
Tracks 11-21 Recorded March 3, 1972 at Carnegie Hall, New York, New York
CD TWO: Bonus Tracks
1. ‘Til The End Of The Day (live)
2. You’re Looking Fine (live) (previously unreleased commercially)
3. Get Back In Line (live) *
4. Have A Cuppa Tea (live) *
5. Sunny Afternoon (live) *
6. Muswell Hillbilly (live) *
7. Brainwashed (live) *
8. Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues (live) *
9. Holiday (live) *
10. Alcohol (live) *
11. Complicated Life (live) *
12. She’s Bought A Hat Like Princess Marina (live)
13. Long Tall Shorty (live) *
14. History (studio outtake) *
15. Supersonic Rocket Ship (alternate mix) *
16. Unreal Reality (alternate mix) *
17. Sophisticated Lady (early rehearsal version of “Money Talks”) *
* Previously Unissued
Tracks 1-13 Recorded March 2-3, 1972 at Carnegie Hall, New York, New York
Tracks 14-17 Recorded at Morgan Studios, Willesden, London
Everybody's in Show-Biz is often seen by fans as a transition album for The Kinks, marking the change in Ray Davies' songwriting style toward more theatrical, campy and vaudevillian work, as evidenced by the rock-opera concept albums that followed it.
In fact, this album marks Davies' explorations of the trials of rock-star life and the monotony of touring, themes that would reappear in future releases like The Kinks Present A Soap Opera and the 1987 live album Live: The Road.
Overall, and yet again, this brand new re-release of inspirational songs from The Kinks offers so much to explore and admire - for both fans who own the entire Kinks catalogue on vinyl or to complete newcomers alike.