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Ray Davies & Co

No wonder he is scratching his head…………………

Cited as an influence by a huge range of artists, a new Davies album will see younger songwriters join forces with the British legend.

In the works for over a year, ‘See My Friends’ has been much talked about. Now a tracklisting has leaked online which contains a truly bewildering array of guest artists.

Ray Davies has hooked up with fourteen artists on the album, ranging from metal icons to darlings of the nu-folk scene. Containing new material and re-workings of classic Kinks tracks ‘See My Friends’ is an exciting yet potentially bizarre album.

According to TwentyFourBit the album will contain guest appearances from Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and more. Amongst the more bizarre propositions is an appearance from Metallica on the classic two chord cut ‘You Really Got Me’.

Elsewhere, Mumford And Sons duet with the singer on ‘Days’ while Amy MacDonald lends her vocals to ‘Dead End Street’. Re-visiting plenty of classic 60s cuts, the late Alex Chilton appears on ‘Til The End Of The Day’.

A seismic freakbeat single, the track allows Alex Chilton to recall his days as a teen scream icon with The Box Tops. Sadly dying earlier this year, the track is one of the last the Big Star icon completed.

Other guest stars include Black Francis, Spoon, Snow Patrol singer Gary Lightbody and a final run through of ‘All Day And All Of The Night’ featuring Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan.

Ray Davies is set to release ‘See My Friends’ on November 1st. Tracklisting:

‘Better Things (Featuring Bruce Springsteen)’
‘Celluloid Heroes (Featuring Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora)’
‘Days/This Time Tomorrow (Featuring Mumford & Sons)’
‘Long Way From Home (Featuring Lucinda Williams & The 88)’
‘You Really Got Me (Featuring Metallica)’
‘Lola (Featuring Paloma Faith)’
‘Waterloo Sunset (Featuring Jackson Browne)’
‘Til the End Of The Day (Featuring Alex Chilton & The 88)’
‘Dead End Street (Featuring Amy Macdonald)’
‘See My Friends (Featuring Spoon)’
‘This Is Where I Belong (Featuring Black Francis)’
‘David Watts (Featuring The 88)’
‘Tired Of Waiting (Featuring Gary Lightbody)’
‘All Day And All Of The Night/Destroyer (Featuring Billy Corgan)’


September 26, 2010 Posted by | New News, New Releases, Video | , | Leave a comment

New News – The Kinks

The Kinksfrontman Ray Davies paid tribute to the band’s recently deceased bassist Pete Quaife during his recent Glastonbury set on the Pyramid Stage.

The veteran star dedicated The Kinks‘ classic ‘See My Friends’ to his old bandmate.

Later he played two tracks from what Quaife claimed was his favourite Kinks album, 1968’s ‘The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society’.

“The Village Green Preservation Society” – The Kinks

Speaking about his old friend, who died of kidney failure last week (June 23) aged 66, Davies told the crowd, “I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for him.”

Davies was backed on many songs by The Crouch End Festival Choir, who gave their backing to the likes of ‘You Really Got Me’, ‘Shangri-La’ and ‘Victoria’ – reports our sister title NME.

Glastonbury regular Davies, who encouraged crowd singalongs for ‘Sunny Afternoon’ and ‘Waterloo Sunset’, told the audience that the festival was “the greatest in the world” to huge cheers.

Ray Davies played:

‘I Need You’
‘Dedicated Follower Of Fashion’
‘I’m Not Like Everybody Else’
”Til The End Of The Day’
‘After The Fall’
’20th Century Man’
‘Sunny Afternoon’
‘You Really Got Me’
‘See My Friends’
‘The Working Man’s Cafe’
‘Johnny Thunder’
‘The Village Green Preservation Society’
‘Waterloo Sunset’
‘All Day And All Of The Night’

Words source

Here is an extract from Ray’s set both songs of which are my favourite Kinks songs.

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July 3, 2010 Posted by | New News, Old Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment


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