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  • Audio CD (21 Feb. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B000E1JOPM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,593,380 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Things Are Gonna Change (The Morning After)
  2. After The Fall
  3. Next Door Neighbour
  4. All She Wrote
  5. Creatures Of Little Faith
  6. Run Away From Time
  7. The Tourist
  8. Is There Life After Breakfast
  9. The Getaway (Lonesome Train)
  10. Other People's Lives
  11. Stand Up Comic
  12. Over My Head
  13. Thanksgiving Day

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Medium 1
Things Are Gonna Change (The Morning After)
After The Fall
Next Door Neighbour
All She Wrote
Creatures Of Little Faith
Run Away From Time
The Tourist
Is There Life After Breakfast?
The Getaway (Lonesome Train)
Other People's Lives
Stand Up Comic
Over My Head
Thanksgiving Day

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It's not every day you get the chance to buy a new album from Ray Davies. This is his first ever solo album of new material since the Kinks released their last new album of new material some 12 years ago. Davies is one of this country's finest modern day songwriters. If he had only written Waterloo Sunset and nothing else, he would have gone down in rock history as a great songwriter. But we all know he has achieved much more and is a cornerstone of modern rock and pop music. This new album contains a dozen little masterpieces including the classic Stand Up Comic (which would be a hit if it was released), The Tourist and many more. When most, if not all, of his peers have forgotten how to write a great tune and lyrics, Ray has proved he can still cut it. Mixing great and wry lyrics plus excellent arrangements, this is a must have album for Kinks fans as well as anyone who has loved the Kinks over the years. If you read this Ray, thanks Mate from all of us, this is very special stuff; a different league.
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Well, I saw Ray live last September and he played some of the tracks to be featured on this long-awaited album then, The Tourist and Stand-Up Comic amongst the set. I loved these new tracks and looked forward to the February launch, hoping that live memories wouldn't taint the album for me.
I needn't have worried. The album is spectacular. The sound is not far away from The Kinks later material, and in passion, not far away from the mid-60s work. There are songs reminiscent of the legendary Kinks Village Green album (Next Door Neighbour) as well as songs unlike any in Davies' oeuvre (Other Peoples Lives, with its Latin sound). Ray is 61 years old but still has the passion of a younger man (not to mention the voice) on tracks like After The Fall and Things Are Gonna Change. The hidden track at the end of the last song, Thanksgiving Day seems like a tribute to the USA, where he has spent many of the last few years and is a jaunty pop song.
If you like this, check out The Storyteller, with its acoustic setting and its crazy narration. At 61, Ray Davies is finally, a bona-fide solo star.
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This CD is astounding. Several of the songs should be hits, if there's any justice in this world. Ray Davies's lyrics are still oblique, sardonic and full of biting reality that make him one of the truly great song writers of our time - alongside Dylan, Steve Earle and Jackson Browne, to name a few. I always get the feeling that he manages to say directly what people are thinking but are too afraid to voice, or are ready to deny about the world and themselves (... I humbly include myself in all that too). The best tracks are The Morning After, Next Door Neighbour, The Stand Up Comic, Life After Breakfast .. but all the songs are very strong lyrically and melodically. This album is not to be missed and I hope it doesn't get dismissed or ignored, as a lot of worthwhile music is these days. It says a lot about the times we're living in ... and maybe we should be listening very hard. Nice one Mr Davies. Very nice indeed :o)
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Ray Davies seems to have been around an awful long time -so to call this his first solo album is almost misleading. from his Storyteller and X-Ray shows and spin-off albums he's been creating music mainly by himself, with Phobia marking the last Kinks get-together. Those years have been spend honing and refining solid musical compositions and road-testing them before live audiences. Where he has let himself down somewhat has been in his production technique-till now! OPL is stunning from the outset -the brass, choir and guitars etc mixed throughout in an amazing and ever so subtle way. The classic 60s Ray is evident in Next Door Neighbour -a beautifully crafted, amusing song in Dedicated Follower of Fashion mode, but much more musically sophisticated, if not always lyrically. After the Fall, features angst with a fantastic glimpse of optimism, Better Things style, Stand Up Comedian and Thanksgiving Day (hidden track) both feature superb orchestrations, and Life After Breakfast breaks the rules of chorus structure in a novel way whilst providing the best audience participation type track I've ever heard (should he play it live). Listen through headphones to the sheer complexity and beauty of this album, or sing along. With one exception this is truly a masterpiece, both modern and retro without ever sounding dated or tired. If it wasn't for the occasional swear word these songs have top 10 written all over them. Ray is in the finest voice I've ever heard him, and the performances are fantastic. An un-missable album -and a beautiful cover too! Thank you Ray, for the Days!
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It is amazing to think that this is a Ray Davies first, it is unbelievable that this man has never made a solo album until now. There's lots to enjoy on this CD - Things Are Gonna Change, The Tourist, Is There Life After Breakfast and the 'hidden track' to name the ones that spring to mind first. Davies's voice is superb and his musicianship combine to make one supreme CD. Highly recommended.
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I have seen Ray Davis a couple of times, the latest, a few weeks ago. His Kinks' backlog is awesome and in my view much better than the early poppy / chorus driven Beatles stuff.
Nothing touches ‘Waterloo Sunset’ during this period. It remains one of the most charismatic songs ever?
Ray hasn’t written that much since the Kinks disbanded – just 5 albums in nearly 30 years and none made the top 30! This did the best of all – to date.
How could you possibly compare to the success of the Kinks, who ruled for 30 years themselves?
This album is what I would recall ‘interesting!’ Davis’s lyrics are as always worth a listen and very ‘in the moment.’ or ‘in vogue.’
However, apart from ‘The Tourist,’ which in its self could have been a massive hit single if arranged appropriately, the rest are not quite in that league and frankly quite average? The album overall did little for me? Nice, interesting, mostly pleasant on the ear BUT unexceptional? Ray is in his 70’s now and so to expect him to produce another ‘Lola’ is frankly unrealistic. Having said that, he is definitely one of our best ever song writers, with great longevity, even if is later stuff is good but not great?
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