The long awaited release of "Hidden Treasures" by Kinks icon Dave Davies leaves the listener astonished that this project has taken so long from its original conception to its release. I guess we will never know the real reasons. The wonderful news is that this is nothing less than a masterwork. The remastering and remixing is of the highest order and will please those audiophiles amongst us. The stereo balance is very pleasing. The music here is (I think) all written by Dave with excellent arrangements and great vocal delivery with a range of approaches which keeps you interested throughout. I have followed both The Kinks and the Davies brothers careers from the outset and their position at the top of the sixties/seventies artists is well deserved - perhaps even a little underrated. Some of these songs have appeared elsewhere but their presentation here is the best available to date and along with the recent remastering of The Kinks back catalogue make this an important addition. On many of these songs dave's concentration is on the vocal delivery rather than his lead guitar. He demonstrates that he is just as capable as his elder brother as both a songwriter and vocalist. The individual Kinks - messrs Ray Davies, Pete Quaife, Mick Avory and then John Dalton who replaced Pete Quaife are all variously present on many of these recordings with Quaife's bass playing a standout on many tracks. The booklet is of the highest quality with some good informative text and high quality images too.
In all a most welcome (dare I say exciting!) addition to Dave Davies body of work which also adds a quality addition to your Kinks collection too! Most Highly recommended - look out for his new album this year. [[ASIN:B005GCNUQ8 Hidden Treasures]
Mike (Paul) Richards
Lincoln City Radio 103.6 FM and Online at lincolncityradio.com