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Ray Davies

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, November 1967

THERE is something of the smoking volcano about Ray Davies. Six foot of suppressed quietly spoken, quietly smiling and quietly watching! It is what some ...

The Kinks: One For The Road (Arista)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, July 1980

WITH ITS predecessor Low Budget having finally catapulted The Kinks into the American Top Ten after what seems a lifetime of cult status, what could ...

The Kinks : Remembrance Of Kinks Past

Retrospective and Interview by David Dalton, Gadfly, March 1999

Take a look at that face, the face of Ray Davies, it's the classic Dickensian mug, the face of a silent movie comedian, a vaudevillian, ...

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Ray Davies (2006)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 2006

The King Kink on getting shot in New Orleans, his relationship with brother Dave, his childhood and upbringing, and on songwriting and lyrics, plus so much more.

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 53.4mb, total interview length: 58' 21" sound quality: ****

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The Kinks: Kinks

Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, October 1964

HOT NEW KINKS L.P.! ...

The Kinks' Peter Quaife

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1965

THERE IS a touch of the "Paul McCartneys" about Peter Quaife of the Kinks. Like Paul he plays bass, and like Paul he is the ...

The Beatles, The Rolling Stones et al: NME Poll Winners' Concert, Empire Pool, Wembley, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, Alan Smith, New Musical Express, April 1965

IT WAS THE GREATEST POP SHOW ON EARTH ...

The Kinks: Kinks' Ray Davies

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1965

RAY DAVIES is the King Kink. He composed all their hits and although there is no official leader in the group, Ray is the driving ...

The Kinks: Kinks Back To Abnormal

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, June 1965

FOLLOWING Dave Davies' recent cymbolic headache and the Kinks withdrawal from their tour, there's been wild speculation about their future. I met them last Friday ...

Kinks Go For Spider Sound

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, January 1966

THE MYSTERIOUS Spider Korner who plays "seven" string guitar and "roams the world", is the musical influence behind the Kinks' next single, Dave Davies revealed ...

Kinks Don't Mind 'Formby Quartet' Tag

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, March 1966

IN A LARGE WHITE house in East Finchley with an orange door (which he says is "red"), in a room with orange walls and an ...

The Kinks: Kinks Keep To Humour On Discs

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, June 1966

WHAT with the new tattooed Kink; Ray Davies sniffing aesthetically into a brown paper bag; Bongo drums, metronomes, flute pumps and golf balls being bandied ...

The Kinks: Kinks Calm Over No. 1 News

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, July 1966

RAY DAVIES lifted the plastic lid covering his salad and viewed the mayonnaise disgustedly. "Oh, no – I hate ketchup!" he sighed and probed disdainfully ...

Hit Parader's Letter From London

Column by Miranda Ward, Hit Parader, October 1966

A FEW WEEKS ago when I met the KINKS for a drink, PETE QUAIFE ruined my stockings! The pub was crowded and in the crush ...

The Kinks: Kinks Have Problems

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, December 1966

CONSIDER, if you will, the disturbing fact that Ray Davies wants to be Walt Disney; Dave Davies is turning into a saxophonist; Pete Quaife is ...

The Kinks: Future Of The Kinks

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, December 1966

BUSY DOING "nothing much" just prior to Christmas was Kink Mick Avory (an occupational hazard with this group at present) at his home in West ...

The Kinks: Face to Face

Review by Paul Williams, Crawdaddy!, March 1967

IF YOU ARE not a Kinks fan, you are either a) uninformed, or b) not a Kinks fan. If it's the latter, there's nothing you ...

Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Them, Beach Boys, Kinks et al: Singles Reviews

Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, May 1967

A multitude of newies this week including Presley, Dylan, & Beach Boys ...

This Week's Singles: The Kinks, Jimi Hendrix, Beach Boys et al

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, May 1967

SUBTLE KINKS HEADING FOR CHART SUCCESS ...

The Mugwumps: The Mugwumps; The Kinks: Something Else by the Kinks

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, Listener, The, September 1967

Homage to Ray Davies ...

The One-up Kink: Raymond Douglas Davies

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, August 1968

RAYMOND DOUGLAS DAVIES, as he now insists on being referred to, is one who excels in the unexpected and the slightly bizarre. He is probably ...

The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society

Comment by Paul Williams, Rolling Stone, June 1969

I CERTAINLY LOVE the Kinks; it's been fifteen months since I've had a new Kinks album in my hourse, and though I've been listening to ...

The Kinks: Lola Vs. Powerman And The Moneygoround (Part One)

Review by John Mendelsohn, Rolling Stone, January 1971

SO, APPARENTLY having forgotten the Byrds' words of caution, you wanna be a rock and roll star, eh? Before you trade in your stereo components ...

The Kinks: A profile

Profile by Greg Shaw, Fusion, February 1971

THE ORIGIN of The Kinks is nearly shrouded in antiquity – 1964, to be exact. There weren't many 'rock' groups around yet; just the Stones ...

The Kinks: Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygroround — Part One

Review by Dave Marsh, Creem, March 1971

WELL, ALL RIGHT. It took two months but I think I begin to understand the meaning of this album, which is that the Kinks understand, ...

The Kinks Draw An Unruly Crowd

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, April 1971

The Kinks: Philharmonic Hall, NYC ...

The Kinks: Muswell Hillbillies

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, December 1971

SUPERSTARS may come and go but the Kinks keep marching on. They don't change as much as musical styles change around them; not for them ...

Kinks: Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut

Live Review by Jon Tiven, Phonograph Record, January 1972

POISON RING Records recording artists FANCY opened the show with their joy-evoking rock 'n' roll which is always something that I'm immediately susceptible to. ...

The Kinks: Muswell Hillbillies

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rolling Stone, February 1972

CAN YOU TELL the Kinks apart in the picture on the cover of their new album? No, of course. Except for Ray, they all look ...

Badfinger/The Kinks: Berkeley Community Theatre

Live Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, April 1972

IT WASN'T YOUR usual Berkeley concert, the type you'd hear, say, Joy of Cooking at. I can't imagine where they came from, but sprinkled liberally ...

The Kinks: The Kink Kronikles

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rolling Stone, May 1972

IN THE VERY first paragraph of his liner notes to The Kink Kronikles, John Mendelssohn emphasizes the Kinks' position as an underdog band. Perhaps even ...

The Kinks: Drama On The Village Green

Report and Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, February 1973

IN A SMALL tearoom in BBC's Shepherd's Bush Theatre, Ray Davies sits resting between rehearsals for an In Concert TV show which will eventually hit ...

Wet City: Sly and Company Live in London

Report by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, July 1973

LIKE THE WEATHER, the music at London’s White City on Sunday was a mixture of fair and foul. ...

Ray Davies: Doggie Tricks And Bizness Licks

Interview by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, October 1973

THIS IS THE TRUE STORY of a street dog and his best friend – an incorrigible pair who get to see each other only on ...

The Kinks: Preservation Act 1

Review by Ken Barnes, Rolling Stone, February 1974

THE KINKS traditionally stand as preservers of the eternal verities of their Village Green, fighting off the depredations of predatory capitalists in their dapper demolition ...

The Kinks; The Butts Band: The Palladium, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, June 1974

GIVE THE Kinks album a review and you bear the responsibility for Ray Davies' crying for the next three days, I'm told. ...

The Kinks: Preservation Act 2

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, August 1974

THE MAIN OBSTACLE between a rock song-writer and Major Form (as ye olde musickologists have it) is Objectivity. ...

The Kinks: The Preservation of Ray Davies

Live Review by Kris DiLorenzo, Good Times, January 1975

It's Only Showbiz, But He Likes It ...

The Kinks: The Kinks Live at Kelvin Hall

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, August 1975

IT'S AMAZING. BY now, Pye must've incorporated virtually every track The Kinks ever cut into one or other of their multifarious compilation albums, and in ...

The Kinks: Schoolboys In Disgrace

Review by Ken Barnes, Phonograph Record, December 1975

RAY DAVIES' NEWEST philosophical treatise directs itself to the topic of education and schooldays nostalgia. While a plot of sorts is undraped at the beginning ...

The Kinks, Cockney Rebel: Beacon Theatre, New York

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, December 1975

"45 MINUTES of something light and bouncy," Steve Harley promises the audience at the Beacon Theatre one brisk Friday night. Cockney Rebel launch into 'Mr ...

The Kinks: Schoolboys In Disgrace

Review by Miles, New Musical Express, January 1976

I LIKE THE KINKS a lot, but have to say that this album is a pretty uninspired collection of product. ...

The Kinks: The Kinks Greatest – Celluloid Heroes (RCA)

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, June 1976

THE RCA Years. The Seventies Kinks complete with horns and female singers. Part 1 – Fat Flabby Annie versus Mr. Black and the Starmaker. The ...

Ray Davies & The Kinks at 13

Interview by Barbara Charone, Phonograph Record, December 1976

LONDON – Ray Davies' tired eyes incredulously surveyed the scene before him. The view from the top was a familiar one. The sprawling greenery of ...

Dave Davies: He Ain't Heavy, He's Ray's Brother

Interview by Jim Green, Trouser Press, June 1978

HORNSEY IS a sleepy working class neighborhood in the northeast of London, far removed from the teeming heart of the city. Not as far away ...

The Tom Robinson Band: Power In The Darkness (Harvest); The Kinks: Misfits (Arista)

Review by Dave Schulps, Feature, August 1978

"If left is right and right is wrong, you'd better decide which side you're on."– Tom Robinson ...

The Kinks, Herman Brood & His Wild Romance: Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1979

Kinks Are Still Crowd-Pleasers ...

The Kinks: Low Budget (Arista)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, September 1979

The Kinks and the ‘70s have not enjoyed the most harmonious of relationships. ...

The Kinks: Low Budget (Arista)

Review by Mark Williams, Melody Maker, September 1979

THE TROUBLE with Ray Davies is that since he forsook the stark, three-chord spleen of 'You Really Got Me' and 'All Day & All Of ...

The Kinks: Low Budget (Arista)

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, October 1979

FOR OLD codgers like me it’s very difficult to pin down reactions to albums by old codgers like the Kinks. These we have loved. ...

The Rise And Decline Of The Kinks

Profile and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, October 1979

A CUT PRICE PERSON IN A LOW BUDGET LAND ...

The Kinks: One For The Road (Arista)

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, August 1980

THE KINKS' dilemma is one I'll take in preference to the one that concerns the Who, if only because leader Ray Davies isn't given to ...

Ray Davies

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, September 1981

MINNEAPOLIS: "It's like death in here," Ray Davies says, inauspiciously welcoming me into Marquette Inn room 1453. The shades are drawn, no lights are on. ...

Kinks Ray & Dave Talk To Chris Welch

Interview by Chris Welch, International Musician And Recording World, December 1981

HEARD THAT NEW BAND THE KINKS?That's how they like to think of themselves. And their fans feel much the same. They have only vague memories ...

Ray Davies Unravels The Kinks

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, December 1981

"I THINK ROCK music is just as important as painting." Ray Davies – musician, poet, humorist, social critic and leader of one of the world's ...

Kinks: A Sad Kommentary

Comment by John Mendelsohn, Creem, August 1983

ASSUMING THAT A healthy percentage of it carried falsified ID, the average age of the audience at this year's Los Angeles Kinks concert might have ...

The Kinks: Kinks, Kinda Kinks, The Kinks Kontroversy and Face To Face

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 1984

NOT THAT any of this is actually important, but the kurrent kinks reissue programme abounds with small ironies. ...

Ray Davies Gets the Kinks Out Musically

Interview by Charles Bermant, Globe and Mail, The, December 1986

BY VIRTUE OF its title, The Kinks' new Think Visual album should have a more elaborate cover. Instead it is only an exaggerated supergraphic, with ...

The Kinks: Tales of Drunkenness and Cruelty

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, September 1989

REAL LIVE EARLY '60's beat combos don't just grow on trees. As the greenhouse summer of '89 wears on, The Who and The Rolling Stones ...

The Kinks

Retrospective and Interview by Ira Robbins, Hall of Fame, November 1989

In a packed concert hall somewhere, a delighted audience sings "L!-O!-L!-A!, Lola!" at full power while the song's author watches silently from the stage. ...

The Kinks

Guide by Fred Dellar, MOJO, March 1997

Every month we navigate the highwater marks, rapids and stagnant ponds of a prolific artist’s CD output, so you don’t have to. We begin with... ...

Ten Questions for Ray Davies

Interview by Chris Ingham, MOJO, April 1997

What's happening in Kink land? ...

Thank You for the 1/288th of the Day, Ray!

Memoir by Richard Riegel, Real Groove, April 1997

BACK IN OUR mid-1960s adolescence, my friend B. entertained a magnificently huge crush on Dave Davies of the Kinks. We were young Yanks in thrall ...

Ray Davies

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sunday Telegraph, November 1997

When the news reached him, Ray Davies was sitting on the floor. ...

Kinks: The Singles Collection/Waterloo Sunset — The Songs Of Ray Davies

Review by Tom Cox, Uncut, December 1997

It's a shame about Ray: Classic chartbreakers and their creator's solo furrow ...

Kinks: Pye Label Reissues

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, June 1998

Ray Davies and Co's first five LPs ...

The Kinks

Retrospective by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, August 1998

MORE SEMINAL Englishness from the kings of Britpop ...

The Kinks Online

Guide by Charles Bermant, New York Times, The, December 1998

THE KINKS ARE the only major British Invasion group aside from the Rolling Stones to continue to perform and record, and, like many musicians, have ...

The Kinks: Hellfire Club

Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, September 2000

Their innocent exterior concealed a story of murder, family feuds and skullduggery. But between the fights and disasters, the Kinks cut some of the finest ...

The Kinks: The Kinks BBC Sessions

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, April 2001

NO DOUBT it's their sheer longevity, but The Kinks remain curiously undervalued: often cited as a key neo-Mod/Britpop inspiration – as if that's anything to ...

Take Me Back to Those Black Hills That I Ain't Never Seen: The Kinks Invent Alternative Kountry

Retrospective and Interview by Gary Pig Gold, fufkin.com, September 2001

"MUSWELL HILLBILLIES isn’t just a better country-rock album than anything by Wilco or Son Volt; It’s a better country-rock album than anything by The Byrds." ...

Ray Davies: Rocking My Life Away

Interview by Anthony DeCurtis, Rolling Stone, March 2002

Lost Davies interview illuminates the "underrated" Kinks ...

The Kinks Face To Face with 1966: Where Have All the Good Times Gone?

Essay by Michael Baker, Perfect Sound Forever, April 2004

I. SENSE AND NON-SENSE ...

Ray Davies: Return To Waterloo/Come Dancing With The Kinks

Film/DVD Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, November 2004

Double bill of Ray Davies' '80s video output ...

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