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Title - 'Muswell Hillbillies (Legacy Edition)'
Artist - The Kinks

For those not in the know, The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, by brothers Dave Davies and Ray Davies with Pete Quaife in 1963. The Kinks, who rose to fame during the mid-1960s and were part of the British Invasion of the US, are recognised as one of the most important and influential rock groups of the era.

Their music was influenced by a wide range of genres, including rhythm and blues, British music hall, folk and country. Ray Davies (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and Dave Davies (lead guitar, vocals) remained members throughout the group's 32-year run.

It seems 2014 is a milestone year for these boys as Legacy Recordings have also just released The Essential double CD of The Kinks, with all tracks personally selected by Ray Davies. Add to that this quite brilliant re-release of Muswell Hillbillies (Legacy Edition) and all Kinks fans are going to be spending so hard earned cash right about now!

This expanded CD/DVD deluxe edition includes the 1971 album remastered from original analog tapes in full PLUS nine bonus tracks seven of which were previously unavailable in North America. It also includes a DVD of hard-to-find 1972 TV appearances, some of which also never saw release in North America.

As for the album itself, released in November of 1971, Muswell Hillbillies was the bands ninth studio album. Named, obviously, after the Muswell Hill area of North London where band leader Ray Davies and guitarist Dave Davies grew up and the band formed in the early 1960s, the album centered on themes of poverty and working-class life; as well as the destruction and subdivision of old Victorian neighborhoods.

1. 20th Century Man
2. Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues
3. Holiday
4. Skin And Bone
5. Alcohol
6. Complicated Life
7. Here Come The People In Grey
8. Have A Cuppa Tea
9. Holloway Jail
10. Oklahoma U.S.A.
11. Uncle Son
12. Muswell Hillbilly
Bonus Tracks:
13. Lavender Lane (previously unreleased in North America)
14. Mountain Woman
15. Have A Cuppa Tea (alternate version) (previously unreleased in North America)
16. Uncle Son (alternate version) (previously unreleased in North America)
17. Kentucky Moon
18. Nobody's Fool (demo) (previously unreleased in North America)
19. 20th Century Man (alternate instrumental take) (previously unreleased in North America)
20. Queenie (backing track) (previously unreleased in North America)
21. Muswell Hillbillies US radio spots (previously unissued) (previously unreleased in North America)

The Old Grey Whistle Test - BBC TV 4 January 1972 -
1. Have A Cuppa Tea
2. Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues
Live At The Rainbow - BBC TV 21 July 1972 -
3. Till The End Of The Day
4. Waterloo Sunset
5. The Money-Go-Round
6. Sunny Afternoon
7. The Virgin Soldier March
8. She Bought A Hat Like Princess Marina
9. Alcohol
10. Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues
11. You Really Got Me

The front cover picture was taken in The Archway Tavern, a pub more than 2 miles away from Muswell Hill. The back inset picture, showing the band below a signpost giving direction to Muswell Hill, was taken on the small traffic island at the intersection of Castle Yard and Southwood Lane in Highgate.

Oh and for those Kinks fans out there desperately holding out for a remastered vinyl release of Muswell Hillbillies, that will come later this year as a double-LP vinyl and will include some of the expanded material from the Legacy Edition.