"See My Friends" (Released 05/11/2010)
Ray Davies has once again an extremely busy year behind. Even before the completion of "See My Friends", one of the most exciting album releases a career in which one finds such milestones abound, he was anything but idle ...
First he completed a tour of the UK and the States, under which he performed solo and presented acoustic set of his greatest hits. In opening act occurred while The 88 on, a young band from California, whose members are all sworn Kinks-Fans are your "official audition" in Davies looked like she diverse Kinks-Classic coverten and let him get these shots. Then he stepped in DENMARK with an orchestra and a choir - an opportunity for the Davies even a song out of the woodwork caught, he had played in the nearly 40 years since the studio recording never live: "The Way Love Used To Be" from "Percy"-Soundtrack from 1971. At this year's Glastonbury Festival, he was then with the Crouch End Festival Chorus on the big "Pyramid Stage" and was not only celebrated by the audience. Because he used this appearance also to the former Kinks-Bassist Pete Quaife to pay tribute after it was passed in June. Quaife had with Davies to school depressed, and the death of his old friend from his hometown London was his own words "a heavy loss. Pete then had the courage all just so on the nail to hang "reports Davies About Quaife tape exit in 1968. A step fOr he admires him today: ".. As heard much guts he has us then literally turned his back and he was gone"
Davies is through and through a songwriter. The music is part of his being, she sits him straight into the bone. This also means that it like a little boy would be when it comes to taking a further plant in attack - such as the composed for a choir "Flatlands", he has recorded with the Britten Sinfonia; Inspiration were "English Tell Stories in this case," the author classically timeless concept albums like "The Village Green Preservation Society" or "Arthur".
At the same time it means that he can break new ground by burrowing through his own past. Who so many songs - so many flexible, lively, brilliant and timeless songs - like Davies has composed, will definitely enough material in their own back catalog, get around to it ample to operate ...
So we come to "See My Friends": An album in the Davies Highlights of his career spanning 46 years now reinterpreted as a songwriter with several terrific artists. As would be, for example, Bruce Springsteen on "Better Things", Metallica, assist it in "You Really Got Me" support, Mumford songs in the case of the brace "Days / This Time Tomorrow" or Paloma Faith, which after re-recording of "Lola" participates - plus 10 additional collaborations that rival these examples in nothing.
"This new plate is effectively created from a random out," reports Davies about "See My Friends". "Originally I had just teamed up with another artist and begun together to write new songs. Simply for the reason because I was never really with other people in the studio or have written for other artists songs. Los therefore we went so with the idea of a collaboration: I wanted to write songs for other musicians. "
In summer 2009, took Davies then with Alex Chilton, the former lead singer of Big Star, a new version of "Till The End Of The Day" on (from the third studio album "The Kink Kontroversy" from 1965). They had learned to know each other as Davies his tent in Chiltons adopted New Orleans had pitched - and Chilton, Last March is deceased, was one of those people with whom to Davies really good befriended after he was shot in 2004 during a robbery in broad daylight on the leg. Really momentum but this new project won only when Davies Late last year in New York City was staying ...
"Because I had a large presence at the show on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Since then I've also Bruce Springsteen met. He told me that he had a great desire to participate in such a project. We then chose the song "Better Things" from which fOr The Kinks a big hit in the States was, while the sales in England were limited. And then I played in the evening "You Really Got Me" and "All Day And All Of The Night" along with Metallica. So that everything went off ... "
Davies had no problem with that, take on new versions of such classics. His musical past is not a foreign country to which he had no access; his songs no sacred cows that need to protect. On the contrary: He burned formally it to disclose himself and his work and to see what happens when other people bring their ideas and interpretations into play. In addition, he was ready with the songs to follow Everywhere, no matter which way she was devious him: About DENMARK Oslo, Germany and Belgium to with Metallica going to the gym; to New York for the shooting Jon Bon Jovi, to New Jersey to Bruce Springsteen or Chicago, to at Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins stop by - and ultimately to return to the north of London, the rest in the bag. "This record is already around come far," he says and chuckles.
Also, no attention was paid to etiquette or fixed rules while working: Jackson Browne While looking over a European tour with a rather battered Gibson acoustic guitar; Paloma Faith however, brought their whole band, and Frank Black was just a spent together Afternoon gone again.
"I'm someone who can work well with other people. I have been working theater for musicals and Skins. I have the impression that many members of my guild almost are afraid to come into contact with other artists. They feel intimidated them. they and their work may not be exposed. Instead, they prefer to go safe and rely on their own skill and the team that they know. This fear of failure has in my head for some reason no place. "
Thus began a lively exchange between Davies and the aforementioned artists from the US and Britain. Some of them were fans of Davies. Other names ended up as suggestions on his table. Still others he had known for ages. Springsteen For example, he had met again over the years from time to time, just the two were never been in the studio together.
"I wanted to bring in a sense, the role of a catalyst and accept the artist to tackle the particular song in a certain way, then einzufinden me in this approach. In "Better Things" [From the 1981 album "Give The People What They Want"] But ran the somewhat different because the singing of Bruce and me in the case ultimately just like always sounds. Particularly because I like the new circuit, I've devised Concerning this version. I was not even with Bruce discussed; I extended the final sequence easy, as we listened to the instrumental version, so we had enough air towards the end even to bring in this aspect Swing. He went, however, with immediately and lay down a terrific performance. Therefore, I am more than satisfied with the result. "
"Of course, I had to also keep the respective style of the guests in mind with the new versions, otherwise we never would indeed find the right balance can. And then I was still important that the album as a whole, as a unit works, but at the same time enough room for the pieces remains to be nice unfold right in to be able to. "
A plan that is definitely risen: The roots-rock and country singer Lucinda Williams breathed the song "A Long Way From Home" (from "Lola vs. Powerman And The Moneygoround Part One" dating back to 1970) with the support of The 88 "New life, new energy" to it in Davies'Words to say, while the Scottish Amy Macdonald 1966 published Single "Dead End Street" sometimes just transported in the current social context. had far as I know Amy never even a single song sung outside the studio, where they ordinarily work with their manager. "As Davies So they invited to his traditional recording studio called Konk in north London, "that meant for you a completely new experience. We sat down together, and as they get along not so good with my pitch, I took a couple of changes, then took a first version of the guidance on, plus we sang then together. so far, therefore, there was at this point very different obstacles, but also we could eventually accommodate overcome and a great version. in addition, I composed a new transition in this case have, rather than the old intro Kinks-version of 'Dead End Street' to use. I wrote a whole new part, which sounds more like Swing. "
is this very free approach, he adds, indicative of the whole album. "All the supposedly fixed ideas that I had, I just times About overturned Instead I focused on making the arrangements so that they fit for each situation and for each co This is the way even as a point:.. for me it was definitely not just about take any cover versions I wanted to tease out a very special performance from the artists, "he says and refers to the same in connection Gary Lightbodys version of "Tired Of Waiting For You" (1965), for the Davies again the pitch, in this case, the reconciliation, Change needed in order to "light, flowing song" of Snow Patrol-Singer adapt. "After all, I acted both as a producer of the album. And I wanted to prevent at all costs that people just come into the studio and withdraw their standard program. Every artist should find its own unique take with me and take."
This in turn meant that not only Davies called the shots in the studio; for he had certainly also willing to listen to proposals from the artists involved. For example, in the case of The 88After they had already impressed him with the song selection for their "Presentation CD" - "did you have a few pieces excavated, which probably would have selected only a few people and I had not even played in ages." - That control them "See My Friends" Now their version of "David Watts" (From the album "Something Else" from 1967) in, that song so, before which The Jam had already bowed with a cracking cover version. In addition, they also occur on various other tracks as a studio musician in action.
Frank Black of the Pixies It was "allowed to choose the pitch" of, when it came, a new version of "This Is Where I Belong" (Originally the B-side of the single "Face To Face" 1966) to create. "Besides, I got it completely leave him, fOr a style we record the number in what Again, it was most important things simple tackle only completely unbiased -. And to let the reins a little bit loose."
Similarly impartially sounds beautiful reinterpretation of "Waterloo Sunset" (Also from "Something Else"-Album), for the Davies With Jackson Browne the studio was - the "most surprising album guest", as he knows about the new recording this ultimate London anthem to report. At the same time the piece is further proof that Davies everything has been to create new ideas, new sounds and new experiences. "I have a new song arrangement to the voice of Jackson knitted. And the bridge - 'Every day I look at the world from my window' - Now sounds completely different when it is sung by both of us. Almost like Music from South America, from Mexico. "
The journey that has led to this album was incredibly exciting, weltenbummlerisch long created kaleidoscopic and led them here often in regions that has hardly traveled a musician before. The title track of the LP, Ray Davies'Unbeatable Association of Poles East and West from 1965 - Pete Townshend said to have once said that the song was more innovative than "Norwegian Wood" by the Beatles - was originally between Mumbai and Muswell Hill; Here he now presents the play together with the band Spoon from Austin, the Davies know at this year's SXSW learned.
"I have to say that the artists have really given everything," he says appreciatively. "Right grandiose are the secret treasures that appeared out of nowhere - Lucindas song, for example, of which not even many people know that this is of a piece The Kinks concerns. And now we have something new made of it by presenting the track as a duet. The song is now part of half their. I just hope that she now receives the piece in its own repertoire. "
"In general, it is what makes this record: It should be every time feel as if the songs would one way or another part of the repertoire of the respective artists so that I mean the opposite of forced.."
So what takes Davies itself "to meet his friends" with of this work and the experience?
"I am thus again reached a point where I really want to write new songs," he concludes, smiling while. "Because that's just my thing. Nevertheless, I love this approach and this process, reinterpreting songs with other people. It is a process in which one makes constantly new discoveries."
"See My Friends" will appear on November 05 at Universal
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