The deluxe box set – arriving on Sept. 9 – includes newly remastered versions of both albums on both vinyl and CD, as well as 11 new remixes courtesy of the co-founder Ray Davies. An accompanying Blu-ray features a previously unseen, digitally restored home movie from 1971. Additional bonus material includes a 52-page deluxe hardcover book, a Kinks metal badge, glossy photo prints of the band and a “London Roots” card highlighting historic Kinks -related sites.
Published in November 1971, Muswell Hillbillies was the band’s first album with their new label, RCA Records. The LP was heavily influenced by Ray and Dave Davies‘ London upbringing, where the brothers delve into various facets of working-class life for inspiration.
Though Muswell Hillbillies was a commercial failure upon release, its place among Kinks fans has continued to grow over the years. In retrospect, many consider it a turning point for the group, leading them to more ambitious and personal material.
“Muswell Hillbillies is one of my favorite Kinks albums,” noted Dave Davies in a press release. “It’s a bit of a backstory to the Davies family and the characters involved.”
“Now with a new record label and a new image, I could bring some of the old Wild West spirit into my music,” recalled Ray Davies. “These albums capture
the return of the Kinks as a touring band.”
Everyone is in Show-Biz was part studio album, part live record. The study material examined Hollywood and the American obsession with fame. Meanwhile, the live material, recorded over two nights at New York’s Carnegie Hall, featured the Kinks performing many of their Muswell Hillbillies songs in concert along with several favourites.
That Muswell Hillbillies/Everybody’s In Show-Biz deluxe box set is available for pre-order now, with multiple variants available. You can listen to a previously unreleased version of Everyone is in Show-Biz excellent cut “Celluloid Heroes” below.
Kinks Albums Ranked
A ranked list of albums by the Kinks.