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Soap Opera [Hybrid SACD - DSD, Super Audio CD - DSD]

The KinksAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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The Kinks were formed by brothers Ray and Dave Davies in their hometown of Muswell Hill, North London. The brothers began playing skiffle and rock and roll, recruiting Peter Quaife to play bass with them. By the summer of 1963, as The Ravens, they'd recruited drummer Mickey Willet. Eventually their demo tape reached American record producer Shel Talmy who helped the band land a contract ... Read more in Amazon's The Kinks Store

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  • Audio CD (January 25, 2005)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD, Super Audio CD - DSD
  • Label: Velvel Records
  • ASIN: B0006U3UBU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,509 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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 Wall11. (A) Face In The Crowd
11. You Can't Stop The Music
12. Everybody's A Star (Starmaker) (Mono Mix)
13. Ordinary People (Live)
14. You Make It All Worthwhile (Live)
15. Underneath The Neon Sign (Live)

Editorial Reviews

Maybe the most entertaining of all Kinks concept albums, this 1975 RCA LP now features the great sound it always deserved. You Make It All Worthwhile; Underneath the Neon Sign; Everybody's a Star , and the rest join bonus live cuts and alternate mixes!

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Umm...a little literacy would help August 11, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is one of those Kinks records that just went sailing over people's heads. The idea of a rock star gradually becoming a mediocre nobody is the stuff of genius. It's about the oppressive sameness of the masses, and just think about it for a second. What does the expression "keep it real" mean? I can tell you. It means "don't think you're better than the 'hood. Stay undeducated and lame and watch TV and listen to weak rap numbers that denigrate women in a predictable style." Real real.

Ray Davies nailed it all those years ago: We're not a culture of individualists, by any means.. We're all about conformity. He just puts it out there, straight, no chaser. We should ask ourselves: How much have we "settled" over the years? How much has identifiable product overwhelmed the process of choice? To my knowledge, this is the only album that has ever addressed the question.

What Ray Davies does here is illustrate, from his own coast, how the weight of just "fitting in" can crush anyone, even a genius. The moral: Don't fit In! And Ray never did. Melodically as well, this has some of the greatest tunes ever generated. The actual CD closer (not the one on the extended version) has had me in tears.

This is a very, very brilliant album. I wouldn't use the word "silly" for any of it. Ironic, in high Shakespearean style, is more appropriate. It is, in its way, a fully fleshed out version of "I'm not like everybody else," which is hilariously used non-ironically in a commercial these days. Don't they get it? They are ALL like everybody else! That's what the song is about.

Irony 101 for all ad execs. Mandatory. (Oh yeah, and I know folks have noted that "Lust for Life" by Iggy is being used to promote family values.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange, yet strangely relevant November 9, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Any Kinks album is an investment of time. Unlike other groups who try to make instant hits upon first listening, The Kinks write albums as a single thematic unit. Their "concept album" era, of which Soap Opera belongs, is their most disliked period, but also their most misunderstood.

When I first heard this album, many years ago, I thought it trite, silly and rather shallow. However, I dug it out of my cassette collection recently and re-acquainted myself with it. Once again, I was unimpressed. For some reason I kept listening to it over and over, and found myself less invested with the music than the story. Essentially its about a trumped up rock star who exchanges placed with a middle-aged clerk in order to prove he could make him a "star". Silly concept.

Suddenly I recognized a parallel between the album's story and the wave of reality show on TV. I could easily imagine a show based off of this very premise. Now the story didn't seem silly, but prescient. This is where the magic of the Kinks exists. Ray Davies delves into the distubing trend of societal obsessions and juxtaposes them with the allure of the simple life.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars put on the headphones and slide into this album February 22, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Just visualise the theatre in this music. This album was a great escape for me when it came out. I can't wait to get it on CD. The original album was destroyed when my husband fell down the stairs carrying my albums in a box when we were moving. Oh well. When you listen to this, it's like having a little movie playing in your head. However, recommended for hardcore Kinks fans only. If you really just like their radio ditties, you might find the soap opera side of Ray & Dave kind of weird.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kink Classic March 10, 2011
Format:Audio CD
This album is brilliant....lyrically, musically, is the one Kinks album start to finish that I never tire of....the tongue in cheek of Mr. Davies was never more evident. What fun....wish I had seen it live....there are YouTube performances out there....Holiday Romance is a real classic!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Underrated Kinks Album September 15, 2010
By Jimmy
Format:Audio CD
This album gets a bad rap, but if you like rock and roll you will dig this album. Everybody's A Star is one of the Kinks best of hte 70s. Underneath the Neon Sign is another forgotten gem as well as Rush Hour Blues and Ordinary People. Also look for the great melody in nine to five.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good time was had by all July 29, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Despite their smash hits from the sixties, the Kinks never seemed able to maintain the fan-base that other English groups attained and manipulated so well. I think it's a sad reflection on the intelligence and imagination of my generation. Oh well, it's over and done with, isn't it? I mean, what have we to look forward to now but Social Security, physical decline, ill health, and, ultimately, death.
But, doggone it, SOAP OPERA was a wonderful album. I'm not going to dissect it and attempt to grade or degrade individual cuts on the work. I just want to say that, from my perspective, this album has it all. It was great fun everytime I put the disk on. The artwork was outstanding, the performance impeccible, the lyrics, the feel for the mood of the time, the music.... Why couldn't everyone see that?! It has often been said that the Kinks' "theatrical" period was their least popular. In my mind, it was the artistry of Ray Davies and the Kinks at their best. If you didn't "get it", it's your loss.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By YrLic
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the few albums where I enjoy it from beginning to end.
Not because every song is amazing, but because it's a complete story.
The life of Norman isn't always the same, it goes in circles from his opening retort of "I'm a Star" to his final admission that he's just like the rest of us.

But is it rock and roll? Well, does it always have to be?
If you're an artist, like Norman (I mean, Ray), then does it always have to be the same ?
Throw in a kicker every now and then.
That's what Soap Opera is - a real kicker.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not That Bad!
Does this album approach ridiculousness? Yes. Can you take it seriously? No. Do I ask rhetorical questions? Yes... Read more
Published 5 months ago by AllUpInYoGrill
5.0 out of 5 stars Memory Lane
This is a great album, especially if you saw the original stage show. Favorites are Ducks on the Wall and Just a Face in the Crowd
Published 19 months ago by jmb
5.0 out of 5 stars Give some love to Soap Opera
What fantastic stuff the kinks did in the 70's. I think Lola was a great thing for the boys, yet people were insatiable for another. Read more
Published on January 15, 2011 by D. MATRANGA
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Kinks
The Kinks were never seriously into fashion. And the public's taste for the Kinks came and went serveral times. Soap Opera was released durning a time when the public's taste went. Read more
Published on November 29, 2010 by sh
2.0 out of 5 stars Digitizing my youthful record collection
Buying CDs to replace my albums and so I got around to getting this one. Not sure why I bought it 30 years ago. I like the Kinks but this is sort of obscure. Read more
Published on July 5, 2009 by David A. Worley
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't Stop the Music, Indeed
My favorite of the 1970s concept albums, A Soap Opera is certainly more accessible than the sprawling Preservation project, and less restrained thematically than, say, Schoolboys... Read more
Published on February 9, 2009 by Gregory S. Watson
2.0 out of 5 stars For die hard Kinks fans
As a long time Kinks fan, it pains me to not recommend one of their albums. Quite frankly, this one is for those who feel the need to have as much of the Kinks' music as possible. Read more
Published on September 1, 2008 by Rockin' Bones
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Music and a lot of Humour.
"When "Soap Opera" was first released in 1975 the Kinks were my undisputed number one favourite band. Read more
Published on August 24, 2007 by Morten Vindberg
3.0 out of 5 stars Kinky Opera
I bought this to replace my vinyl copy. It's a required piece of listening for anyone wanting to understand how adventuresome a rock act could be if allowed to indulge themselves... Read more
Published on June 30, 2007 by Kernan W. Mann
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