Edit for headphones. Muswell Hillbilly is a song from the album "Muswell Hillbillies", released in November 1971. The album is named after the Muswell Hill area of North London, where Ray and Dave Davies grew up and the band formed in the early 1960s. This video is a live performance on German tv.
"Stereo Review magazine" called it "album of the year" in 1972 (even though it was released on 24 November 1971). In the 1984 "Rolling Stone Album Guide", Rolling Stone editors gave the album five stars out of five and called it Davies' "signature statement" as a songwriter.
In a retrospective review for Allmusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine feels the album is a wide-ranging collection of Ray Davies compositions which focus on the tensions and frustrations of modern life. The album introduces a number of working class figures and the stresses with which they must contend.
Yet, the album failed to chart, it was not a commercial success.
Ray Davies: lead vocals, acoustic guitar, resonator guitar
Dave Davies: lead guitar, slide guitar, banjo, backing vocals
John Dalton: bass guitar, backing vocals
John Gosling: piano (acoustic and electric), Hammond organ, accordion
Mick Avory: drums, percussion
Mike Cotton: trumpet
John Beecham: trombone, tuba
Alan Holmes: saxophone, clarinet
Vicki Brown: backing vocals on tracks 4 and 9
Ken Jones: harmonica on track 7
Mike Bobak & Richard Edwards: engineers
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