Tuesday, August 2, 2022

The Kinks announce new 50th anniversary reissues

The Kinks have announced a new series of reissues marking the 50th anniversary of a pair of early 1970s albums.

Due September 9, the band will release remastered editions of their tenth record, 1971’s “Muswell Hillbillies”, and 1972’s “Everyone’s In Show-Biz.”

The projects marked the start of a new chapter for the UK band: they signed a new record deal with RCA, looked back on their upbringing in London and began to turn their attention to the American public.

“Now with a new record company and a new image, I could bring some of the old wild western spirit into my music,” explains Ray Davies. “These albums capture the re-emergence of the Kinks as a touring band.”

“’Muswell Hillbillies’ is one-of my favorite Kink’s albums,” adds Dave Davies. “It’s a bit of a backstory to the Davies family and the characters involved.”

“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 humor, while its 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.

Both albums will be available in a Deluxe Box Set package as well as individual LP and CD editions; for full details, visit store.thekinks.info.

The Kinks are previewing the reissues with a video for “Celluloid Heroes (US Single Version 2022 Edit)” and video of Ray explaining his inspiration for the song.

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