The Kinks The Kinks Present a Soap Opera
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- Released: July 27, 2010
- Label: Universal Uk
- 1.Everybody's A Star (Starmaker)
- 2.Ordinary People
- 3.Rush Hour Blues
- 4.Nine To Five
- 5.When Work Is Over
- 6.Have Another Drink
- 7.Underneath The Neon Sign
- 8.Holiday Romance
- 9.You Make It All Worthwhile
- 10.Ducks On The Wall
- 11.A Face In The Crowd
- 12.You Can't Stop The Music
- 13.Everybody's A Star (Starmaker) [Mono Mix] - (remix, mono)
- 14.Ordinary People - (previously unreleased, live)
- 15.You Make It All Worthwhile - (previously unreleased, live)
- 16.Underneath The Neon Sign - (previously unreleased, live)
The Kinks: Ray Davies, Dave Davies (vocals, guitar); John Gosling (keyboards); John Dalton (bass); Mick Avory (drums).
Additional personnel: June Ritchie (spoken vocals); Alan Holmes (saxophone); Laurie Brown (trumpet); John Beecham (trombone); Pamela Travis, Shirlie Roden, Lyndsey Moore (background vocals).
Recorded at Konk Studios, London, England between August and October 1974. Originally released on RCA (5081). Includes liner notes by Matt Resnicoff.
All tracks have been digitally remastered using HDCD technology.
Personnel: Dave Davies, Ray Davies (vocals, guitar); Shirlie Roden, Pamela Travis, Lyndsey Moore (vocals); Alan Holmes (saxophone); Laurie Brown (trumpet); John Beecham (trombone); John Gosling (keyboards); John Dalton (bass guitar); Mick Avery (drums).
Liner Note Author: Matt Resnicoff.
Recording information: Konk Studios, London, England (06/14/1975); The New Victoria Theatre, London, England (06/14/1975); Toy Specialists, New York, NY (06/14/1975); Konk Studios, London, England (08/1974-10/1974); The New Victoria Theatre, London, England (08/1974-10/1974); Toy Specialists, New York, NY (08/1974-10/1974); Konk Studios, London, England (10/1974); The New Victoria Theatre, London, England (10/1974); Toy Specialists, New York, NY (10/1974); Konk Studios, London, England (12/1997); The New Victoria Theatre, London, England (12/1997); Toy Specialists, New York, NY (12/1997).
Arranger: Raymond Douglas Davies.
From the late-1960s through the mid-1970s, The Kinks released a number of rock operas, among them VILLAGE GREEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY I & II, ARTHUR, SCHOOLBOYS IN DISGRACE and SOAP OPERA. Released in 1975, SOAP OPERA was seen as rock & roll theater at its most charmingly absurd. The band, which viewed the project as a Ray Davies vehicle, wondered aloud if SOAP OPERA would be their last recording together. Out of this strife, however, emerged one of The Kinks more eccentric and accomplished records--due in no small part to Ray's genius.
A heavily orchestrated work that's as much edgy musical theater as it is rock & roll, SOAP OPERA ruminates over the nature of family, fame and art. And it does so with a knowing smile, as in the opening track "Everybody's A Star," or with surprising poignancy, as in the country-styled "Have Another Drink." SOAP OPERA is a fascinating and often overlooked magnum opus within The Kinks vast catalog.
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