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After listening to ‘The Greatest Hits’. CB went on a Kinks binge. ‘Hillbillies’ was one of the first albums he acquired. Like a lot of albums bought in the day, it was bought not knowing or having heard anything from it. Bought on rep from previous records. So your expecting and hoping for good things. This album delivered for CB. The opening cut ’20th Century Man’ was all Kinks. It was all there. CB would have been happy just with this song. The song builds and just gets better. ‘Schizophrenia’ has that Ray Davies sense of humor with some New Orleans jazz horns thrown in. “Holiday’ is one of those Kinks songs like ‘Sunny Afternoon’, same vibe. Ray’s take a guy on a little forced holiday.
The band takes the same feel into the rest of the songs. Observations on issues people deal with every day. CB could relate. It’s all done with that sense of humor Davies writes with. ‘Alcohol’ and ‘Holloway Jail’ are little tunes about falling from grace. ‘People in Grey’ a rocker/blues number with some nice guitar from Dave Davies.
A special nod to ‘Have a Cup a Tea’ (Their second tea song). CB had all the makings of a tea drinker and this song pushed him over the age. Yup. I love my tea. Try getting this tune out of your head.
All the songs and music on this album have an appeal. Some great playing. Horns, accordion etc. Different styles with the Kinks throwing in a few kinks. The song writing and the music that accompanies it are what appealed to CB. He just liked this band and their music. This album was different from the singles he had heard but it was still all there. At look at things from The Kinks perspective. This album gives CB a good feeling. That’s what the Kinks do! Yup, “I’m a Musswell Hillbilly boy”
Just remember, if you’re having a shit day for what ever the reason, “For Christ sake have a cuppa tea”.
( Cool album cover. A CB fave)
( Music Enthusiast has a great review on another Kinks album, ‘Arthur’, check it out )
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