The Kinks: 50th Anniversary Reissues of ‘Muswell Hillbillies / Everybody’s In Show-Biz – Everybody’s A Star’ 9/9
On Sept. 9, The Kinks will revisit two classic albums for special 50th anniversary reissues: 1971’s Muswell Hillbillies, the English band‘s 10th album at the time, and the following year’s Everybody’s in Show-Biz.
These two formative records marked a key moment in the Kinks’ history, their first two releases upon signing with RCA Records, a maneuver that allowed Ray Davies a bit more creative freedom in the studio than he had been accustomed to on earlier albums.
Some additional context, per a news release:
This period’s first Kinks album, Muswell Hillbillies, is for many people their best of all. It conversely looked back on Ray and Dave Davies’ London roots, telling tales of working-class families migrating from the war-torn and redevelopment-ravaged inner city to the strange, leafy suburbs of North London.
“Now with a new record company and a new image, I could bring some of the old wild western spirit into my music,” Ray Davies said. “These albums capture the re-emergence of the Kinks as a touring band.” Dave Davies adds “Muswell Hillbillies is one-of my favourite Kink’s albums. It’s a bit of a backstory to the Davies family and the characters involved.”
Much of the activity surrounding that 1971 record spawned the next:
Muswell Hillbillies’ release was supported by more US touring, including two 1972 nights at New York’s iconic Carnegie Hall. Tapes of those anarchic shows, heavy on Muswell material, formed the live half of 1972’s double-album, Everybody’s In Show-Biz – Everybody’s A Star. Its studio sides explored The Kinks’ long months on the American road with wistful humour. Its epic finale, ‘Celluloid Heroes’, confirmed the band’s new world. Among the elite cream of Kinks songs, it saw Ray use Hollywood as a prism through which to view ordinary Americans’ bittersweet dreams.
Preview it with “Celluloid Heroes (US Single Version 2022 Edit),” debuted with the official announcement:
Both reissues will be available in a variety of formats:
The Kinks ‘Muswell Hillbillies’ & ‘Everybody’s In Show-Biz’ 50th anniversary release is out on Sept 9th! Available as a deluxe, expanded, remastered re-issues box set, LPs, CDs & digital. Pre-order now & listen to Celluloid Heroes (2022 mix edit) here: https://t.co/SXep0dB6r2 pic.twitter.com/4qAr4i1NRP
— The Kinks (@TheKinks) July 27, 2022
Here’s a breakdown of the Deluxe Edition, to capture the scope of this release:
6 x LP
· “Muswell Hillbillies” 2014 gatefold deluxe 2LP remastered from newly discovered Ray Davies original master tapes, colour vinyl
· “Everybody’s In Show-Biz – Everybody’s A Star” 2016 gatefold deluxe 3LP, remastered from original master tapes, colour vinyl
· “Muswell Hillbillies” & “Everybody’s In Show-Biz” 11 new Ray Davies track remixes 1LP, bespoke new artwork, heavyweight black vinyl
4 x CD
· “Muswell Hillbillies” & “Everybody’s In Show-Biz” original albums remastered in gatefold wallets, with original artwork
· 11 new Ray Davies track remixes (previously unreleased) in gatefold wallet, bespoke new artwork
· The Kinks 1971 US Tour Travel Montage (contains new Ray Davies track remixes, one of which is a previously unreleased track)
· Previously unseen, digitally restored Ray Davies 1971 home movie, narrated by Ray (15 mins long)
Deluxe Hardback book
· 52 pages on gloss art paper, extensive text with new band interview quotes, rare and unseen photos and memorabilia
The Kinks “London Roots” map
· A2 size on uncoated sepia paper stock, Kinks north London roots map with key historical Kinks related locations, chosen by the band
· 6 x glossy Kinks photos from 1971 / 1972
· Bespoke, metal and enamel, yellow and black, Kinks RCA era logo heavy pin-clasp badge
· Back of box, colour 12” paper onsert displaying contents