DAVE DAVIES - Unfinished Business: Dave Davies Kronikles, 1963-1998 (1999) & Decade (2018)
David Russell Gordon Davies is an English singer, songwriter and guitarist. He is the lead guitarist, backing (and occasional lead) singer for the English rock band The Kinks, which also featured his older brother Sir Ray Davies. In 2003, Davies was ranked 91st in Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".
Here's to the illustrious rock & roll foil! Extending from Keith Richards in the Rolling Stones to Johnny Thunders in the New York Dolls, from Mick Ralphs in Mott the Hoople to Mick Jones in the Clash, they're the lean and mean complements to preening frontmen. Dave Davies is a distinguished charter member of this soulful, somewhat thin-voiced bloc. Yes, big brother Ray Davies may have been blessed with a sharper pen and superior vocal range. But the Kinks without Dave's vehement leads and counter-punching compositional contributions? Perish the thought! Unfinished Business gathers 31 of Dave's signature songs on two discs, in the process earning the everlasting affection of Kinks kultists. Culled from solo recordings and group efforts, Unfinished Business is fleshed out with late-'90s rerecordings of DD recordings suspended in legal limbo. Surprisingly, the likes of the title track (from 1996, and featuring Dave's son Simon on drums) and the three numbers cut live at New York's Bottom Line in 1997 update this decades-spanning collection quite nicely. Dave was never really overshadowed by his brother, but with Unfinished Business he's finally properly illuminated.
The Seventies were a time of turmoil and triumph for Britain’s finest rock n’ roll band The Kinks beginning the decade with the eternally anthemic ‘Lola’, releasing a series of poorly received (but, as revisionism will tell us - secretly brilliant) concept albums, then returning to prominence with beauties like Sleepwalker and Misfits, this period will probably be best remembered as the decade when Ray Davies pushed the band to previously unseen levels of success on the road in the USA. Yet, behind the scenes, while Ray offered up album after album of his material in perhaps his most prolific period, brother Dave Davies was working on material that he never presented to the band - in fact, a collection of songs recorded at the band’s studio Konk, that were only very recently unearthed. Partly re-recorded, remastered and produced by Dave’s son Simon, Decade is an alternative history that throws up a ‘What If’ scenario for The Kinks in the Seventies that, had they paid more than lip service to Dave’s songwriting talents, may have led them down some quite different paths.
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