RCA/Legacy Recordings releases this newly expanded edition of The Kinks' 1972 masterpiece, Everybody's In Show-Biz.
First released in August 1972, Everybody's In Show-Biz was The Kinks' tenth studio album, arriving within a year of the acclaimed Muswell Hillbillies (the group's debut album for RCA Records). The original double-LP Everybody's In Show-Biz contained a complete studio album (which premiered the all-time Kinks classic "Celluloid Heroes" among other tracks) and a live disc chronicling The Kinks' Carnegie Hall appearance in March 1972.
The 2016 edition includes the original album, produced by Raymond Douglas Davis, in its entirety alongside a full disc's worth of previously unissued studio sessions outtakes, recorded for the album in 1972 at Morgan Studios, Willesden, London, and live material, recorded March 2-3, 1972 during The Kinks' triumphant Carnegie Hall concert run.
The expanded 3LP edition includes in-depth liner notes penned especially for this release by noted rock scholar David Fricke.
A concept album of sorts, Everybody's In Show-Biz drew its themes and inspirations from the trials, tribulations and triumphs of life as a touring musician. The raucous Carnegie Hall recordings on the album come from one of the first North American concerts performed by the Kinks after the lift of a four-year ban imposed on the group by the American Federation of Musicians in 1965. The songs on the album were initially intended to serve as the soundtrack to The Colossal Shirt, a never-realized feature film about The Kinks on the road.
Stylistically, Everybody's In Show-Biz finds Davies further exploring his interest in Americana-inspired musical arrangements as heard on Muswell Hillbillies.
Everybody's In Show-Biz showcases the second great classic Kinks line-up: frontman Ray Davies, guitarist Dave Davies, bassist John Dalton, keyboardist John Gosling, and drummer Mick Avory, joined by brass and woodwind players Mike Cotton, John Beecham, and Alan Holmes (all of whom played on Muswell Hillbillies).
The Carnegie Hall recordings include a variety of Kinks originals in addition to unconventional covers including "Mr. Wonderful" (from the Sammy Davis, Jr.-led musical of the same name), the 1920s popular standard "Baby Face" (made famous by Al Jolson), and "The Banana Boat Song" (a calypso-folk perennial popularized by Harry Belafonte).
The newly-expanded Legacy Edition of Everybody's In Show-Biz includes never-before-heard live versions of "Sunny Afternoon", "Complicated Life", and the rarely-played "Long Tall Shorty" as well as alternate versions of "Supersonic Rocket Ship", "Unreal Reality" and the debut release of "History", which foreshadowed The Kinks' next concept album, 1973's "Preservation Act 1".
3LP Expanded Edition
Includes never-before-heard live and alternate content
Includes debut release of the song "History"
1. Here Comes yet Another Day
2. Maximum Consumption
3. Unreal Reality
4. Hot Potatoes
5. Sitting In My Hotel
2. You Don't Know My Name
3. Supersonic Rocket Ship
4. Look A Little On the Sunny Side
5. Celluloid Heroes
LP 2 (Live)
1. Top of the Pops
3. Mr. Wonderful
4. Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues
1. Muswell Hillbilly
3. Banana Boat Song
4. Skin and Bone
5. Baby Face
1. 'Til the End of the Day (live)
2. You're Looking Fine (live)
3. Get Back In Line (live)
4. Have A Cuppa Tea (live)
5. Sunny Afternoon (live)
1. Complicated Life (live)
2. Long Tall Shorty (live)
4. Supersonic Rocket Ship (alternate mix)