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Ray Davies

Ray Davies has a new LP on the way entitled See My Friends due on November 1st. The release will see The Kinks frontman pairing with multiple bands to re-record, and sometimes re-imagine, Kinks songs. And these bands have names like Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Spoon, Black Francis, Metallica, Mumford & Sons... and the legendary Alex Chilton (RIP).

"This project came about almost by accident," says Davies of the project, which was kick-started when he recorded a version of 'Till The End Of The Day' in the summer of 2009, with Alex Chilton.
The full list of collaborators is below.

Davies is getting back on the road as well, though so far he just has scattered dates in Europe, and a newly-announced show in the United States. He'll be performing his 2009 LP The Kinks Choral Collection with the Dessoff Chamber Choir at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ on November 26th. Tickets go on sale at noon today (10/8). NYC got that show in 2009.

All dates, the See My Friends tracklisting, and some video are below...

Ray Davies dedicates "Waterloo Sunset" and "Days" to Pete Quaife at Glastonbury 2010

Ray Davies - Lola

1. Better Things - Ray Davies & Bruce Springsteen
2. Celluloid Heroes - Ray Davies, Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora
3. Days/This Time Tomorrow - Ray Davies & Mumford & Sons
4. Long Way From Home - Ray Davies, Lucinda Williams & The 88
5. You Really Got Me - Ray Davies & Metallica
6. Lola Ray - Davies & Paloma Faith
7. Waterloo Sunset - Ray Davies & Jackson Browne
8. 'Til The End of The Day - Ray Davies, Alex Chilton & The 88
9. Dead End Street - Ray Davies & Amy Macdonald
10. See My Friends Ray Davies & Spoon
11. This Is Where I Belong - Ray Davies & Black Francis
12. David Watts - Ray Davies & The 88
13. Tired Of Waiting - Ray Davies & Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol)
14. All Day And All Of The Night/Destroyer - Ray Davies & Billy Corgan

October 26th Festival Hall - Avo Session - Basel, Switzerland
October 31st Olympia - Paris, France
November 1st Theatre Carre - Amsterdam, Holland
November 26th Wellmont Theatre - Montclair, NJ
December 19th Royal Festival Hall - London (with band and the Crouch End Festival Chorus)



Comments (29)

I love ray and the kinks but he has been continuously destroying their legacy since the 70's

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2010 10:02 AM

their album Low Budget from 79 disagrees with 10:02

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2010 10:03 AM

hahahaha gimme a break, that album is shit. listen to something else, or of course, village green

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2010 10:11 AM

10:02 has no idea what he is talking about.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2010 10:16 AM

10:03 thinks "dirty work" is an underrated stones album

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2010 10:27 AM

The Kinks are onr of the bands I grew up with and I'm glad they are re-releasing these songs.

Posted by St, Louis Plumber | October 8, 2010 10:32 AM

Low Budget does kinda suck, but Ray's recent Working Man's Cafe wasn't half bad...

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2010 10:38 AM

Some of it seems ok...Maybe instead buy "Something Else" once it starts to freeze outside...

Posted by Inverted World | October 8, 2010 10:45 AM

it's like ray thought because kinks songs in 60's were funny he could write songs about money and dancing and santy claus and they would be funny in the 80's. big mistake ray, big mistake.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2010 10:45 AM

I think it's brilliant that he played LOLA for the Queen and Prince Charles..good Job Ray

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2010 11:03 AM

I think it's brilliant that he

Posted by شات | October 8, 2010 11:18 AM

I'm really not that familiar with the Kinks, but am I right to assume that Ray seems to be milking the Kinks' name for what they're worth?

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2010 11:47 AM

Ray is brilliant. There's no way he could destroy the legacy of The Kinks. The Stones haven't made a good record in 30 years. That doesn't diminish their legacy or alter how great their 60's and early 70's records were. Same goes for Ray and The Kinks.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2010 11:48 AM

brooklynvegan, the Logan's Run of music.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2010 12:13 PM

Ray was the lead singer and primary songwriter for the Kinks. I think he has every right to 'milk' the Kinks name....

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2010 1:00 PM

We are the Village Green Preservation society

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2010 1:00 PM

We Are The Hummus Eating Society

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2010 1:26 PM

brooklynvegan: meathead hipsters comparing their meat

Posted by yourmomz | October 8, 2010 1:36 PM

So I am right it seems...

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2010 1:41 PM

i gotta be honest i think most people who incessantly comment on brooklynvegan are not hipsters, at least in the stereotypical sense, but complete music dorks like myself.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2010 1:41 PM

I think you're somewhat right. But I think the nonsense that gets spewed from the idiot hipsters creates such a mess that it sticks out like an exploding car or something.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2010 3:13 PM


Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2010 3:33 PM

I'm an unapologetic Kinks fan. Love the 70's stuff, the concept records, Misfits, Word of Mouth (Low Budget is pretty weak though), parts of each Ray solo record etc etc - but fuck if I'll listen to this ill-conceived piece of shit. Who the hell could possibly think Billy Corgan or fucking Metallica can bring anything good to these songs?

Just get over it with your brother & get the Kinks back together if you still want to play these songs!

Posted by streetdude | October 8, 2010 3:53 PM

Ray played a lot of those songs a couple years ago w/o the Kinks
and they all sounded fine. they're great songs and a lot of his new work isn't half bad either. the early Kinks set the bar incredibly high
and that would be a high standard for any artist to match decade after decade. has Neil Young, Lou Reed, the Stones equalled their
early work? not even close.

Just enjoy the fact that Ray is around and still playing these songs.
and he is still a charismatic showman to boot.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2010 9:16 PM

I'm a King Kong MEH, I'm a voodoo MEH, oh I'm an apeMEH

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2010 10:14 PM

10:02, 10:11, all the other weiner dudes @ the beginning bitching about late period kinks: speaking as someone whose fave kinks album is from '66 give the people what they want is a great album and stuff like state of confusion/word of mouth/think visual/that last one are also all pretty decent. i'm sure you dudes are super excited about the Spoon collab on this or something. grow up

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2010 11:54 PM

9:16, Neil Young is a terrible example to use. Ragged Glory and Freedom are two of the best albums he ever recorded and they came out 20+ years after his earlier classics. Neil is always worth a listen. Even the stuff he's recorded in the last 5 years is solid. Ordinary People off Chrome Dreams II is 18 minutes of absolute genius.

Oh, and the Ray Davies shows at Town Hall last year were amazing.

Posted by BK | October 9, 2010 12:54 AM

@12:54, RG + F are good records, albeit 20 years ago--NY has made too many clunkers before and since then to list here. "ordinary people" was written almost a 1/4 of a century ago. Greendale, nice try, but boring after a few listens. Living w War
mediocre at best.and Chrome Dreams was mostly recycled stuff as well.

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2010 8:52 AM

Let's not forget that copyright-wise, he will now own these master recordings, provided he did an indie deal that is favorable to him. No question, it will be a better deal than he signed in the 1960's and 1970's. More power to these old cats who reclaim ownership of their classic songs from the label guys that screwed them back in the day.

Posted by Russell | October 10, 2010 9:48 PM

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