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Hidden Treasures [Import]

Dave DaviesAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (November 8, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B005GCNUQ8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,817 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Susannah's Still Alive
2. This Man He Weeps Tonight
3. Mindless Child of Motherhood
4. Hold My Hand
5. Do You Wish to Be a Man
6. Are You Ready
7. Creeping Jean
8. Crying
9. Lincoln County
10. Mr. Shoemaker's Daughter
11. Mr. Reporter
12. Groovy Movies
13. There's No Life Without Love
14. I Am Free
15. Death of a Clown
16. Love Me Till the Sun Shines
17. Susannah's Still Alive
18. Funny Face
19. Lincoln County
20. There's No Life Without Love
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Editorial Reviews

2011 release, the first ever compilation of Dave's work for the Kinks. Hidden Treasures combines all his great work for the band as well as his highly under-rated solo material. Features artwork by award winning designer Phil Smee and notes by Kinks fan club's Russell Smith. The album contains a complete selection of well know Davies compositions as well as rare mono and alternative takes from Dave's career with the band and on his own and hopes to remind the listener of the great work done by the man.

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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great archival release October 5, 2011
Format:Audio CD
thanks to British Kinks fanRussell Smith for this:

"Dave Davies Hidden Treasures has probably taken as much work to
pulling together as the Picture Book box set did. In my humble opinion it a very
important release. Yes, strictly speaking it is a compilation - but, in reality
it is far more than that and certainty more important and should not be
considered just another arbitrary rounding-up-of-tracks that the Kinks down the
years have been victim to. Whilst it will not have quite the impact now, had it
been released back in 2002 or 2004, it is still a very important release not
least because it pieces together one of last enigmas in the Kinks catalogue, the
long overdue and eagerly awaited recordings that were considered and recorded
for Davies Davies's legendary unreleased 1969 solo album, including the
remaining unreleased tracks.

Thoughtfully compiled it includes outtakes, rarities, alternate mixes, as well
as all of Dave Davies's Pye singles (in pristine quality) from 1967 when Death
of a Clown rode high in the charts, until 1969 when the first phase of his solo
career was put on hold. The entire album is *newly* mastered by Andrew Sandoval
(the sound quality is gorgeous and makes it stands apart from what has gone
before on that point alone) an extensively researched 7000-word liner note essay
written by yours truly, along with a very detailed track and recording
annotations provided and prepared by Doug Hinman. All housed in a beautifully
designed package, containing rare images and memorabilia throughout. In my
humble opinion it is probably the best prepared and researched Kinks archive
release released to date.

I'm not going to spoil all the surprises, but I will say the alternate version
of Mr. Reporter is not the 1998 remix, but a 1969 alternate version."
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Although Dave Davies' "The Album That Never Was" has been released on CD before, this deluxe edition edition which covers some of the same ground and retitled "Hidden Treasures" isn't just a reissue of the previous edition but a big improvement and gathers all of the tracks that Dave recorded for the unreleased album in a terrific remaster from Andrew Sandoval (who put together The Kinks, The Monkees and worked on The Band remasters) and Dan Hersh.

Was this ever set for release? No but an acetate was prepared and sent to the U.S. (at least according to co-compiler Russell Smith who also wrote the essay on the various songs/sessions). Sandoval and Smith also include a variety of alternate takes, mono mixes, stereo mixes that Dave pretty much wrote/sang during the bulk of The Kinks career prior to 1970. The last song "Good Luck Charm" appears to be sourced from the same file as the one on the "Picture Book" boxed set from a couple of years back. It's been cleaned up a bit improving the sound but it's still obviously from a lossy digital source rather than the acetate ( the collector that owns the acetate must have not been able to work out terms for reimbursement for the use of the acetate which is the best sounding source for the song since the master tape is missing).

There's a distinct influence of Bob Dylan, The Band and others from these tracks recorded between 1967-1969 (with the exception of "I Am Free"). Produced by brother Ray these are Dave leading The Kinks.

A lot of these have been released as singles, on the 1998 CD reissues but there's also quite a few here that have never been release but keep in mind that a lot of these have been available on the bootleg market or the various reissues over the years.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a dream come true November 13, 2011
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This is the Dave Davies album all of us krazy Kinks fans have been waiting for. While Smile, Some Girls (and I am a Stones fan), and the Pink Floyd reissues get all the press, this is an absolutely indispensable reissue. Us Kultists knew all along the enormity of what Dave brought to the Kinks. Worth the wait? Words cannot express... Stop reading and buy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better late than never December 4, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Now, at long last, all the tracks from the unreleased Dave Davies album have been officially released. The album was originally scheduled for release in 1968, possibly to be entitled "A Hole in the Sock."

During 1967-68 Dave Davies had a couple of hits with "Death of a Clown" and "Susannah's Still Alive" and a promising solo career seemed imminent. The music behind Dave's songs, was played by his group the Kinks, and "Death of a Clown" was in fact included on the classic Kinks album "Something Else".

However, it was never to be any great or longlasting solo career for Dave Davies. Perhaps his heart when it came down to it, was not really in it, or maybe he felt better in the safe company of his friends in the Kinks, under musical direction of big brother Ray Davies. Two more singles were released in 1968-69, and ongoing recordings were done or the planned album.

Despite the fact that both the "Lincoln County" and "Hold My Hand" kept the high standards of the first singles and those of Kinks in general they were not chart successes. Interest in a Dave Davies album waned, and a couple of the already finished recordings ended up as B-sides for the Kinks. Those were "This Man He Weeps Tonight" and "Mindless Child of Motherhood" - both fine upbeat tracks, with some similarities to the guitar sound of the Byrds.

Other tracks have drip-wise been released as bonus tracks on Kinks reissues. "Groovy Movies", however, was already released in 1973 on the legendary and obscure "Great Lost Kinks Album".

Especially three numbers are interesting for collectors. Master tapes of "Do You Wish be a Man," "Are You Ready" and "Crying" were for many years thought lost. Only very bad bootleg versions were available.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I was hoping to merely like this album
As a big Kinks fan, I was hoping to merely like this album. However, this album is one that didn't come out of our CD player for about three months. Read more
Published 1 month ago by James
4.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Treasures worth discovering .
I like all the songs . Dave has own moment here from 1964 to the early seventies. While there is only As few new songs if still worth owning. The sound is very good on the cd. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Neil A. Nthony Facci
5.0 out of 5 stars The Title Saya It All
A good indicator of where Dave was at back then. A couple songs made it to Kink Kronicles. This sentence is to comply with the review requirements regarding the number of words in... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Blubeatle
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Good
Only for the hardest core fan. A real buch of junk. Was not released at the time and I can see why.
Published 18 months ago by Myles R Lees Jr
4.0 out of 5 stars David Russell Gordon Davies
This is excellent. Most of the songs I've heard before but some are new to me such as Creeping Jean, Groovy Movies, and Lincoln County. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Lee V. Blaschke
5.0 out of 5 stars Appreciating His Contributions
During a BBC interview Dave Davies stated with typical British reserve, "I don't think my contributions [to the Kinks] have always been appreciated. Read more
Published on July 11, 2012 by Dr. Mikey
2.0 out of 5 stars why are these 2 tracks in MONO?
On the Marble Arch original albums both Susannah's Still Alive & Death Of A Clown are in true stereo? these sound horrible in MONO!!!!
Published on February 17, 2012 by Tom Moulton
4.0 out of 5 stars The other Davies
It had to be difficult to be in a band with one of the best writers in rock, but then again, Ray was in a band with one of the most influential guitarists in rock. Read more
Published on February 12, 2012 by James D. Morrow
5.0 out of 5 stars At LAST!!!
This "great lost album" truly is a great lost album. The farmed-out singles and previously only-grainy-1000th-generation bootleg songs all gathered together as they were meant to... Read more
Published on January 4, 2012 by silly narwhal
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kinks featuring Dave Davies album you've been waiting for !
This long-overdue collection of Dave Davies/Kinks songs contains the mythical and untitled 13-track album as originally envisioned by Warner Reprise (but never released as such),... Read more
Published on December 18, 2011 by Rob Genadio
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