Everybody's in Show-Biz [Deluxe]

Everybody's in Show-Biz [Deluxe]

by The KinksThe Kinks


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Everybody's in Show-Biz is a double album with one record devoted to stories from the road and another devoted to songs from the road. It could be labeled "the drunkest album ever made," without a trace of hyperbole, since this is a charmingly loose, rowdy, silly record. It comes through strongest on the live record, of course, as it's filled with Ray Davies' notoriously campy vaudevellian routine (dig the impromptu "Banana Boat Song" that leads into "Skin & Bone," or the rollicking "Baby Face"). Still, the live record is just a bonus, no matter how fun it is, since the travelog of the first record is where the heart of Everybody's in Show-Biz lies. Davies views the road as monotony -- an endless stream of identical hotels, drunken sleep, anonymous towns, and really, really bad meals (at least three songs are about food, or have food metaphors). There's no sex on the album, at all, not even on Dave Davies' contribution, "You Don't Know My Name." Some of this is quite funny -- not just Ray's trademark wit, but musical jokes like the woozy beginning of "Unreal Reality" or the unbearably tongue-in-cheek "Look a Little on the Sunnyside" -- but there's a real sense of melancholy running throughout the record, most notably on the album's one unqualified masterpiece, "Celluloid Heroes." By the time it gets there, anyone who's not a hardcore fan may have turned it off. Why? Because this album is where Ray begins indulging his eccentricities, a move that only solidified the Kinks' status as a cult act. There are enough quirks to alienate even fans of their late-'60s masterpieces, but those very things make Everybody's in Show-Biz an easy album for those cultists to hold dear to their hearts. [Sony's 2016 Legacy edition of Everybody's in Show-Biz turns the 1972 double-LP into a double-CD set by mining the March 1972 Carnegie Hall recordings that provided the album with its live second disc. Thirteen of the 17 songs on the second CD come from these live tapes, the exceptions being the unreleased completed outtake "History" -- a slightly dreamy, wry look back at the past that feels like a gateway to Preservation -- the backing track to "Sophisticated Lady," and alternate mixes of "Supersonic Rocket Ship" and "Unreal Reality." These are nice footnotes, but the story lies in the live tracks, which offer more of the same from the original record. In the case of "Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues," "Holiday," "Alcohol," "Brainwashed," and "Muswell Hillbillies," they're merely similar renditions performed the night before, while the rest of the disc offers songs unheard in 1972: a couple of selections from Arthur and Muswell Hillbillies, plus the oldies "'Til the End of the Day" and "Sunny Afternoon," along with the oddball selections of "You're Looking Fine" and "Long Tall Shorty." No revelations, but there doesn't need to be: this is all fun stuff, certain to please anybody who liked the original record.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/03/2016
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0888751123625
catalogNumber: 511236
Rank: 28907

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kinks   Primary Artist
Dave Davies   Guitar,Vocals
Ray Davies   Guitar,Vocals
Mick Avory   Drums
John Beecham   Trombone,Tuba
John Dalton   Bass
John Gosling   Accordion,Keyboards
Alan Holmes   Clarinet,Saxophone
Dave Rowberry   Organ
Mike Cotton   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Dave Davies   Composer
Ray Davies   Composer,Producer
Jerry Bock   Composer
Herb Abramson   Composer
Mike Bobak   Engineer
Mike Butcher   Engineer
Barry Hammond   Engineer
Martin Levan   Engineer
Andrew Sandoval   Producer
George David Weiss   Composer
David Fricke   Liner Notes
Irving Burgie   Composer
Harry Akst   Composer
Benny Davis   Composer
William Attaway   Composer
Lawrence Holofcener   Composer
Don Covay   Composer

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