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Album Review

With the Kinks no longer touring, Dave Davies barnstorms the U.S. as a solo act. On these nights at New York's Bottom Line in 1997, he and his young band were on absolute fire, cooking up hard rocking renditions of Kinks classics, some penned by brother Ray, with an equal measure of Dave's own work thrown in. Demonstrating how real rock & roll is played, the band starts out jumping with "I Need You," follows with the kick of "She's Got Everything," and only gets better. "Wicked Annabella," "Picture Book," and "Death of a Clown" are more than nostalgic mid-set showings. After 24 songs, they unbelievably blaze through two rock-kid anthems, "David Watts" and "I'm Not Like Everybody Else," and they even manage to suck another life out of the heavier than heavy monster riff of "You Really Got Me." One half of a brother act shouldn't be allowed to be this good.

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Father of Fuzz Underrated

I refer to Dave Russell Gordon Davies as the Father of Fuzz because of his creation/discovery of that beautiful sound, which is in ample supply on this kick-arse live performance. This record validates what Ray Davies once said about the mistake he made by not insisting that brother Dave be out front in stead of Ray, the Kinks leader singer and primary songwriter. Dave's excitement playing live is apparent and infectious. If Dave, pretty boy that he is, had fronted the Kinks and sung lead, they'd have been as big if not bigger than the Stones or the Who.

A Hidden Gem

This is an unknown gem. One of teh best live albums ever in my opinion. Check it out. Dave Davies ROCKS!

Only missing one thing (for me)

Mindless Child Of Motherhood! That's got to be one of my favorite of Dave Davies' compositions. Why is it not here? I have to admit that I am more of a fan of Ray Davies' voice, but I think here Dave is more capable of creating a heavy, fun mood which these songs need. All the same, this album is rocking.


Born: February 3, 1947 in Muswell Hill, London, England

Genre: Rock

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

Although he took a largely subordinate role to his brother Ray in the Kinks, Dave's fierce guitar work and hoarse but effective background (and occasional lead) vocals were key elements of the band's appeal. Dave also occasionally wrote songs for the Kinks that showed him to be a writer of considerable skill and wit, if not up to the same level as Ray. In the late '60s, Dave made some solo singles that met with critical success in Britain, although they were unknown in the U.S. "Death of a Clown"...
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