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Dave Davies talks Kinks reissues, new solo LP, and upcoming doc
Kinks fans are swooning over the new box set release of The Kinks - The Mono Collection. The newly released set contains 10 albums spanning 1964 to 1969, all on 180-gram vinyl, along with a hardcover 48-page book featuring never-before-seen photos and new interviews with Ray Davies, Dave Davies, and Mick Avory. The Kinks - The Mono Collection features 1964’s Kinks; 1965’s Kinda Kinks and The Kink Kontroversy; 1966’s Face To Face; 1967’s Something Else and Live At Kelvin Hall; 1968’s The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society; and 1969’s Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire.) Also included is the 1970 compilation The Kinks (a.k.a. "The Black Album.")
Highlights across the discs include such Kinks staples as "You Really Got Me," "All Day And All Of The Night," "Tired Of Waiting For You," "Stop Your Sobbing," "Sunny Afternoon," "Waterloo Sunset," "Picture Book," "Sunny Afternoon," "Days," "Victoria" and many, many more.
Dave Davies told us that the best of the Kinks' material all links back to the large musical household he and brother Ray grew up in: "'Tired Of Waiting. . . ' I mean, they're all special in their own way. I mean, we can spend weeks and weeks talking about different songs; but I think it really goes back to the Davies household. Me and Ray come from a big family -- and mainly women. Six sisters, and my dad played banjo and most of my family played something -- piano. We had such a rich vein of music to draw from."
The big buzz for 2017 is the long awaited documentary release Dave Davies: Strangers, which is directed by Dave's son Martin Davies. The film, which is expected to wrap early in the New Year, chronicles Dave's touring life today with a one-of-kind look back to the Kinks' heyday through both Dave's recollections and personal film archive. We asked Dave what fans can expect from what he's seen of Martin's recent cuts: "Martin is doing, like, his final edit, so, he's getting close. It'll be, like, maybe a bit shorter than feature length. And he's been filming a lot for three or four years -- mainly the American tours, and interviewing fans and people and he's got a lot of footage from the early days. I used to carry around a Super 8 camera, when we first went to America in '65. So, there's archive footage that's never been shown."
In October, Dave Davies wrapped production on his latest album, titled Open Road, which marks his first studio set since 2014's critically acclaimed Rippin' Up Time album. Davies will be hitting the road in the spring in support of the album, which will be released to coincide with the tour. We asked Davies to describe the sound of Open Road: "It's very different, this album -- but it's very rock n' roll. Some of it's kind of catchy, poppy, but it's very melodic."
Dave Davies will next perform on April 8th in Saint Charles, Illinois at Arcada Theatre.
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Did you know?
Back on December 18th, 2015 the Kinks' long-feuding brothers and co-founders Ray and Dave Davies finally performed onstage together for the first time since disbanding nearly 20 years ago.
Older brother Ray joined Dave and his band at London's London’s Islington Assembly Hall for a run-through of the Kinks' 1964 breakthrough hit "You Really Got Me.”
The following day, Dave posted on Twitter: "We had a great night -- it was a fun show -- had a blast with Ray.”
Original Kinks bassist Pete Quaife died in 2010, leaving Ray and Dave Davies, and drummer Mick Avory the band's sole-surviving members.
The Kinks' last original album was 1993's Phobia. The band -- featuring only the Davies brothers from the original line-up -- officially disbanded in 1996.
In 1999 the original foursome -- guitarists Ray and Dave Davies, Avory, and Quaife -- took part in some studio sessions for a planned comeback, but none of the songs have been released to date.
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