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See My Friends [CD]

Ray Davies Audio CD
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Ray Davies, one of the most successful and influential songwriters to emerge from the British music scene of the 1960s, founded the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame rock band The Kinks with his brother Dave in 1963. The band’s string of top ten international hits began with “You Really Got Me”, followed by “All Day and All of The Night”, “Tired of Waiting”, ... Read more in Amazon's Ray Davies Store

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  • Audio CD (8 Nov 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: UMTV
  • ASIN: B0043VCPV4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,448 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. Days/This Time Tomorrow [feat. Mumford & Sons] 4:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. You Really Got Me [feat. Metallica] 2:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Lola [feat. Paloma Faith] 4:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Waterloo Sunset [feat. Jackson Browne] 4:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Till The End Of Day [feat. The 88] 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Dead End Street [feat. Amy Macdonald] 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. See My Friends [feat. Spoon] 3:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. This Is Where I Belong [feat. Black Francis] 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. David Watts [feat. The 88] 2:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Tired Of Waiting For You [feat. Gary Lightbody] 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. All Day And All Of The Night/Destroyer [feat. Billy Corgan] 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

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Ray Davies, singer and songwriter of The Kinks, has revisited his remarkable repertoire of songs and recorded an album of collaborations with a diverse set of artists from Jon Bon Jovi, Metallica and Bruce Springsteen to Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol and Billy Corgan from the Smashing Pumpkins, as well as Mumford & Sons and Paloma Faith. The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, by brothers Ray and Dave Davies in 1964. They were in the forefront of the British Invasion along with The Beatles and the Rolling Stones and are recognised as one of the most important rock acts of the era, influencing everything from heavy metal to Britpop. The album also features the last known recording by Big Star’s Alex Chilton

BBC Review

Following on from 2009’s The Kinks Choral Collection, on which Ray Davies rearranged his back catalogue with the Crouch End Festival Chorus, See My Friends finds him sifting through his songbook once again, only this time he’s brought Bon Jovi along.

Yes, it’s a duets album, of the type that veteran artists produce when they’ve nothing left to prove. Such ventures seldom serve much point beyond flattering the star with attention from fellow musicians, who in turn are honoured by association. Plus they sell well.

Ray Davies doesn’t need to record a soporific version of Tired of Waiting with Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody, any more than Bruce Springsteen needs to trample the bittersweet Better Things with his wholly unsuitable bombast. But both were doubtless thrilled by the opportunity to record with Davies. And that’s just it: these all-star gatherings are more fun for the artists than they are for the listener.

Try as one might, it’s impossible to resist comparing these duets against the hallowed originals, especially when their arrangements barely differ. The likes of This is Where I Belong with Frank Black (billed as Black Francis) and Long Way From Home with Lucinda Williams are pleasant recordings of wonderful songs, but what is their point? Jackson Browne may be in simpatico with Davies’ unweathered voice on Waterloo Sunset, but will anyone ever reach for this version over the magical original? Will they even remember it exists?

For better or downright ghastly, the most memorable tracks are those on which the guests imprint themselves. The undoubted highlights are Mumford & Sons’ folk-gospel medley, Days / This Time Tomorrow, its arrangement madly ambitious compared with its companions, and Spoon’s shoegazing treatment of the proto-psychedelic title-track. The late Alex Chilton sounds genuinely enthused on ‘Til the End of the Day, a song his old band Big Star covered during the Third/Sister Lovers sessions. Recorded in 2009, it was the spur for these sessions.

But the tenderness and wit of Davies’ songs and singing is smothered by his blunter collaborators. However sincere, Springsteen’s bellowing simply doesn’t work. Paloma Faith’s Lola is a wretched, over-sung X Factor throwaway. Metallica’s drilling of You Really Got Me is bar-band bad. And Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora’s overwrought stadium-rock assault on Celluloid Heroes is a laughable abomination.

It’s testament to Davies’ legacy that he emerges from this inessential project with his dignity intact.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Work Of Art 29 Nov 2010
By Regsboy
Format:Audio CD
As a die hard Kinks fan having read some of the negative reviews, especially those about never bettering the originals I really wondered if these interpretations might just spoil my admiration for the great man that is Ray Davies, I need not have feared because I now realise that a good song is like a work of art,if you look at it from a different angle or in a different light, it takes on a whole new life of its own , not necessarily better than the original but dare I say as good as the original. I loved all of the tracks & especially enjoyed tracks like 'This Time Tomorrow' & 'This Is Where I belong' because these are basically forgotten, dare I say obscure album tracks from the 60's that need to be brought to the attention of a new generation, other stand out tracks for me are, 'Long Way From Home','Dead End Street', 'See My Friends','David Watts'and finally 'All The Day And All The Night/Destroyer'.

I hope we get a follow up where we perhaps re-visit the Arista & London years of the 80's.
Having read some more negative reviews I just had to re-visit my review today 11/12/2010, I really don't know what these moaners are talking about the more I listen to this album the more I like it, these really are different interpretations and the voices of the different artists really do suit the tracks chosen as well as complimenting Rays voice. I would go as far as saying that this is one of my favourite albums of the year if not the decade.

P.S I don't just live in the past have many contemporory albums by current artists.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Songs.Hard to Beat the originals 10 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD
Ray Davies is surely among the best song writers of his generation ( or indeed of any generation). The problem here is that the original versions of these songs are so good that they are very hard to beat.Ray has let the other artists interpret his Kinks songs their own way and as a result the results are stylistically quite mixed with some songs working better than others.To my ears some work very well indeed notably the Mumford and Sons collaboration on Days/ This Time tomorrow and the mix of Destroyer/All Day and All of the Night both of which add something to the original versions. Ray's recent solo albums ,Other Peoples Lives and Working Mans Cafe are excellent and show that he is capable of great things long after the Kinks stopped working together.
Martin Edwards
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's worth a go.. honest 12 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD
I have read the reviews to-date but as I listen to my CD, I'm enjoying the versions and the collabrations which are mighty fine.
Have a listen on-line and then buy and enjoy
Ray ... Clark, Perth W.A.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dont Get Put Off By Those Reviews 12 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD
I really cant understand how people reviewing albums like this suggest you buy the original tracks!! Dont they think we've got 'em already, that's why we're drawn to this CD. I dont expect every track to blow me away but I'm interested to see if some hit the mark, as they do in fact. Well worth a listen and completely undeserving of the slagging off from all those 'how dare you mess with a masterpiece'reviewers!! Give it a try!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Friends In High Places ! 1 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Like 2009's "Kinks Choral Collection" I'm not sure how essential Ray Davies' collaboration with other artists, "See My Friends", is to diehard Kinks fans.After all a lot of these songs have been covered over the past decades and I guess,as a Ray Davies fan, I'm always yearning for new material from a person who is undoubtably one of the finest songwriters this country has produced.

Having made the aforementioned comment I do find "See My Friends" an enjoyable romp through some classic and lesser known Kinks material and in the main it works.

Kicking off with the underrated "Better Things" (a single from 1981 that crept into the lower reaches of the UK charts)this powerful melody is enhanced by Bruce Springsteen and, like the original recording,leaves you with a feel good factor and optimism.

"Celluloid Heroes" performed with Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora seems to have been singled out,unfairly,for criticism in the music press.The style and production of this song reminds me of The Kinks in their "stadium rock" era of the late 70s, 80s and 90s when the band was criminally overlooked in the UK.

Other excellent covers on this cd come via Metallica ("You Really Got Me") where Ray's maybe proving a point that he invented the genre of "Heavy Metal" and "Days/This Time Tomorrow" fits in perfectly with Mumford & Sons driving folk roots style. I wasn't sure about Amy MacDonald's take on "Dead End Street", but this one has actually grown on me.

Why 4 stars and not 5 ? Well "Lola" with Paloma Faith starts off well enough but the whole song seems to transcend into a messy,noisy,incoherent "musical" mush for the last minute.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Half and half 16 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD
At 62 years old and being a one time session musician maybe my comments might have some merit.
I don't ,like a lot of my contempories tend to live in the past,indeed some of my favourite music comes from bands like the killers,dave matthews and snow patrol.
I once played a gig alongside the kinks,thought then as I do now that they were quite something...Very different from others at that time.
Anyway,on to the review.
Along with several others I can't see a problem with Ray doing whatever he wishes with his music although as my title suggests,it is very much 50/50.
The 50% I do relate to is quite excellent,See My Friends,You Really Got Me....The downside is possibly in the choice of partners on some tracks.
All in all I purchased it,I enjoyed it and that's good enough for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good album
Published 27 days ago by AndyT
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Gillian Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Great especially Amy Macdonald
Lovely album with some great rock / all rounder collaborations. Amy Macdonald on Dead End Street is lovely. Jackson Browne and Bruce Springsteen very good. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cliff Shardalow
5.0 out of 5 stars Improves on some of the originals
I'm a big Kinks fan, but some of these tracks actually come off better than the originals. Dead End Street is especially delightful. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Cavalier 78
4.0 out of 5 stars Great British invasion
Just wonderful - again. Ray Davies back on stage. Doing rock it as good as can be. Would perhaps have been even better with brother Dave on board.
Published 16 months ago by Hellstr„m Per
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Ray Davies how can it be bad!!
It's Ray Davies how can it be bad!! I'm a huge fan so I obvious love it! The Kinks were and for that matter still are one of the best bands ever and this man just goes from... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Col
5.0 out of 5 stars A Kinks Fan
If you loved the Kinks you will enjoy the classic songs done in different ways with guest musicians and vocalists. I particularly love the track with Metallica.
Published 17 months ago by loopty
4.0 out of 5 stars This was what I wanted and it is really god
I am more than pleased with my purchase. It arrived promptly and was packed well so there could be no damage
Published 17 months ago by Mary Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Kinks fan
Heard this over New Year at a friend's house and loved it. A reworking of the old Kinks hits and more, with great guest artists. Perfect condition
Published 18 months ago by Lynn Russell Lobb
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