Ray Davies, one of the UK's finest songwriters, releases 'See My Friends', an album of classic Kinks songs turned into unique collaborations. On this one of a kind album, Ray collaborates with a formidable selection of artists on tracks from his incredible songwriting career, revisiting his back catalogue and crafting new versions of his classic songs. Everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Metallica features on this diverse collection of material. Highlights include 'Days'/'This Time Tomorrow' with Mumford & Sons, 'Better Things' with Bruce Springsteen, 'You Really Got Me' with Metallica and 'Tired of Waiting For You' with Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody. Paloma Faith, Jackson Browne, Black Francis of the Pixies, Lucinda Williams, Amy MacDonald and Spoon also feature on the record.
From the Artist
"This project came about almost by accident," noted Davies, which was kick-started when he recorded a version of "Till The End Of The Day" in the summer of 2009, with Chilton. The idea of collaborating with a larger group of artists really gained momentum when Davies performed "You Really Got Me" and "All Day And All Of The Night," with Metallica in New York City at the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Anniversary party in October 2009. That same evening, Davies met Bruce Springsteen, and the idea of recording together excited both artists, fueling the project further. "With some tracks I had to appreciate the style of the other artists, otherwise it would have sounded unbalanced. I wanted the album to work as an entire listening experience but each track had a life of its own," explains Ray.