15 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Kinks singer travels down the dusty road of American rock.

Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Kinks singer travels down the dusty road of American rock.

Mastered for iTunes
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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5

28 Ratings

28 Ratings

The Master Storyteller Returns

Lextcee

First released track is awesome and further cements Kinks leader Ray Davies as the iconic voice of a generation. An undervalued treasure that gets better with age.

Where is the Poetry?

Reel Music

Poetry is an intriguing song that is growing on me. I am surprised that it took 16 years to make it onto a Ray Davies album. Davies wrote about the song in his 2013 book of the same name as this album, Americana. In 2001 he recorded it originally not at Konk Studios, but at Paul Weller’s Black Barn Studio in Ripley, Surrey, England, near where Ray was staying at the time. On p. 29 Davies writes, “Then there was a tune called ‘Poetry,’ about someone lost in a shopping mall in middle America, buying clothes from retail chains, eating at fast food restaurants, only to have the singer deliver the venomous line, ‘And in a shopping mall somewhere you’ll fall down on your knees crying out loud, ‘Where is the Poetry?’”

Can’t wait!

cdograzz3

I can’t wait for this CD! April 21st can’t get here soon enough! The first two songs are very good. I absolutely love Rock N Roll Cowboys. Classic Ray Davies!

About Ray Davies

Ray Davies was the lead singer, chief songwriter, and rhythm guitarist in the Kinks, one of the most long-lived of the British Invasion rock groups of the 1960s. In effect, the Kinks had always been merely a backup group for Davies, who wrote and sang nearly all their songs with only the occasional contribution from his brother Dave, who played lead guitar in the group. At various times, Ray Davies made noises about dissolving the group and going solo, but for years the closest he came to it was taking solo credit for the soundtrack to his 1985 film, Return to Waterloo (which he wrote and directed), even though the music sounds as much like the Kinks as that on any regular Kinks record.

During the '90s, however, the Kinks gradually became inactive and Davies pursued other projects, starting with his semi-fictional 1995 memoir, X-Ray. He supported the book with a series of concerts subtitled Storyteller, where he played classic Kinks songs, read from the book, told stories, and showcased new songs. The Storyteller concerts sowed the seeds of a number of projects, including the music cable network VH1's recurring series of the same name. Davies himself released a book entitled Storyteller, filled with short stories, and a similarly titled album that captured one of his solo acoustic concerts. That record was his first solo effort since Return to Waterloo, and was released in the spring of 1998.

In late 2005 he released the benefit EP Thanksgiving Day. All net proceeds raised by the EP went to New Orleans music education programs. A year later the full-length Other People's Lives appeared, followed by Working Man's Cafe in 2008. A year later, in 2009, Davies released choral orchestral arrangements of some of his hit songs for The Kinks Choral Collection. Davies then devoted himself to See My Friends, an album project where he revisited his catalog with the assistance of such admirers as Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Alex Chilton, Black Francis, Jackson Browne, and Spoon.

Davies published a second memoir, Americana, in 2013. Following its release, he worked on adapting the book into song, recording an album with the Jayhawks during the course of 2016. The resulting Americana appeared in April 2017. ~ William Ruhlmann & Stephen Thomas Erlewine

  • ORIGIN
    Muswell Hill, London, England
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • BORN
    June 21, 1944

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