“Muswell Hillbillies” by The Kinks - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1971Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

Musically, another uniquely Kinks affair, marrying trad English brass with American country rock. The brass section included Mike Cotton on trumpet, John Beecham on trombone and tuba, and Alan Holmes on clarinet. Lyrically, the album centred on themes of poverty and working-class life, as well as the destruction and subdivision of old Victorian neighbourhoods—a practice that had become commonplace in North London during the 1970s. The excellent opener, “20th Century Man” lays down the grumpy blueprint: “I was born in a welfare state, Ruled by bureaucracy, Controlled by civil servants, And people dressed in grey, Got no privacy, got no liberty, Cos the twentieth century people, Took it all away from me.” Ain’t no cure for these acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues. Just as well Ray Davies has a great sense of humour… it's all here in this winning package.

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [05:57] 8.6.png The Kinks - 20th Century Man (Ray Davies) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
A2 [03:32] 6.7.png The Kinks - Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues (Ray Davies) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
A3 [02:40] 7.6.png The Kinks - Holiday (Ray Davies) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A4 [03:39] 6.3.png The Kinks - Skin And Bone (Ray Davies) Rock
A5 [03:35] 6.0.png The Kinks - Alcohol (Ray Davies) Crooner / Cabaret
A6 [04:02] 6.6.png The Kinks - Complicated Life (Ray Davies) Rock
B1 [03:46] 5.4.png The Kinks - Here Come The People In Grey (Ray Davies) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B2 [03:45] 6.8.png The Kinks - Have A Cuppa Tea (Ray Davies) Rock
B3 [03:29] 5.6.png The Kinks - Holloway Jail (Ray Davies) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B4 [02:38] 6.0.png The Kinks - Oklahoma U.S.A. (Ray Davies) Folk
B5 [02:33] 5.5.png The Kinks - Uncle Son (Ray Davies) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B6 [04:58] 7.5.png The Kinks - Muswell Hillbilly (Ray Davies) Country

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