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The Master Storyteller Returns

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.

Steverino

Ray Davies and The Jayhawks. you can't beat that.

Where is the Poetry?

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?’”

Biography

Born: June 21, 1944 in Muswell Hill, London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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Americana, Ray Davies
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  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Apr 21, 2017

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