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Ray Davies, one of the most successful and influential songwriters to emerge from the British music scene of the 1960s, founded the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame rock band The Kinks with his brother Dave in 1963. The band’s string of top ten international hits began with “You Really Got Me”, followed by “All Day and All of The Night”, “Tired of Waiting”, ... Read more in Amazon's Ray Davies Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 7, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Koch Records
  • ASIN: B000CC4W28
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,794 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Storyteller
2. Introduction
3. Victoria
4. My Name (Dialogue)
5. 20th Century Man
6. London Song
7. My Big Sister
8. That Old Black Magic
9. Tired Of Waiting
10. Set Me Free
11. Dad And The Green Amp (Dialogue)
12. Set Me Free
13. The Front Room (Dialogue)
14. See My Friends
15. Autumn Almanac
16. Hunchback (Dialogue)
17. X-Ray
18. Art School (Dialogue)
19. Art School Babe
20. Back In The Front Room
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Editorial Reviews

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If you haven't had a chance to catch Kinks leader Ray Davies' recent autobiographical music-and-spoken-word show, this disc will make a dandy substitute. If you have seen it already, here's your chance to enjoy a judiciously edited version, with the added bonus of not having anyone sitting behind you and singing along into your ear. Vibrant acoustic interpretations of Kinks klassics like "Victoria," "20th Century Man," and "Autumn Almanac" alternate with strong new Davies compositions like "London Song" and "The Ballad of Julie Finkle," as well as a charming interpretation of "That Old Black Magic." Of course, you also get the man himself, musing wittily on life before and after "You Really Got Me." --Dan Epstein

This is a reissue of the original 1998 album.

Customer Reviews

It is really a lot of fun to listen to.
Anthony Tomeo
Even if you are not a huge kinks fan like me this is a great primer.
David C. Engdahl
I have seen Ray perform this concert twice and I own the CD.
fat guy

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
In 1995, Kinks frontman Ray Davies published his "unauthorized autobiography" X-RAY. A few years later he released what amounted to a musical adaptation of that tale with THE STORYTELLER on Capitol Records. Sadly that album has been out of print for several years. Now Koch Records has re-released this wonderful album in its entirety.

Davies was always the most British of his Sixties contemporaries. Classic albums like SOMETHING ELSE, THE VILLAGE GREEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY, and ARTHUR revealed Davies as a songwriter who was concerned with the changes he saw in the British Empire and was nostalgic for a past which no longer existed except in his memory. Many of these songs ("Victoria," "20th Century Man," "Autumn Almanac")are revisited here in live versions in small venues with sparse instrumentation (including original Kinks drummer Mick Avory on a handful of tracks).

The songs and the accompanying dialogue (the latter comprises a bit over thirty minutes total) tell the story of The Kinks from its origins to the release of its first successful single--the classic "You Really Got Me." Many of Davies' stories provide new insight to songs like "See My Friends" (written after the death of his older sister when he was 13) and "You Really Got Me" (which the record company did NOT want to record so the band had to raise their own money to record it, and was supposed to include a session drummer--but Mick was sneaked into the studio and allowed to play tambourine).

There are a handful of new songs. "Storyteller" would not have been at all out of place on MUSWELL HILLBILLIES. "X-Ray" is about a sports injury when Davies was young and was told by a doctor that if he didn't quit sports he would end up like the hunchback that frequented the neighborhood.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Moldyoldie on February 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
It's great for all Kinks fans that The Storyteller has been made available again. As if experiencing the eclectic observations of Ray Davies by way of the Kinks Kanon isn't enough of a gratification, here he turns both inward and outward to present an affecting, if all too brief, live account of his formative years as a musical artist. Assuming the actual show was lengthier and more comprehensive, this CD is still a wonderful teaser for the pseudo-autobiography X-Ray. Is it all true? Who cares!

Ray's telling of his sister's passing at the age of thirty is especially moving as it gives meaning to the otherwise arcane tune "See My Friends", always one of my favorites. Equally moving is the story of the hunchback and it's musical incarnation in the song "X-Ray", as well as the romantic yearnings of "The Ballad of Julie Finkle".

Humor abounds in the story of the little green amp, the self-deflating account of the "... tease" at art school, the audition for a drummer, and the "perfect" first managers; not to mention the fly-fart hint of Dave yelling "... off!" during the initial recording of "You Really Got Me", which had me cracking up!

The album is also notable for a harrowing acoustic rendition of "20th Century Man"; another favorite which is a case of a song being equally great, but different, in all versions I've heard--this one, the original on Muswell Hillbillies, and the bonus track on One For the Road. I can say unequivocally that this is the version to which I return again and again.

"London Song", apparently an original on this album as it's performed acoustically live and concludes the album in a stirring studio version, is another in a long list of Ray's paeans to his hometown.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Katherine McCarthy on April 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I am lucky enough to have seen Ray Davies perform solo at the Westbeth Theater in NYC a few years ago. Like always, he's a captivating storyteller. All that's missing from this CD is "David Watts" and a few more Klassic Kinks bits he performed live. Ray Davies, and the Kinks, will always be consummate storytellers. Nothing comapares to hearing him sing his songs, with wistful and witty asides. Unless it's with his brother and band by his side. Buy this CD. Laze away a sunny afternoon, or morning, or evening. See Ray live. See the Kinks, if they come around again. He truly is this generation's poet laureate of England (according to Pete Townshend, who ought to know, as I would've nominated him next.)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Moldyoldie on June 11, 2002
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As if experiencing the eclectic observations of Ray Davies by way of the Kinks Kanon isn't enough of a gratification, here he turns both inward and outward to present an affecting, if all too brief, live account of his formative years as a musical artist. Assuming the actual show was lengthier and more comprehensive, this CD is still a wonderful teaser for the pseudo-autobiography X-Ray. Is it all true? Who cares!
Ray's telling of his sister's passing at the age of thirty is especially moving as it gives meaning to the otherwise arcane tune "See My Friends", always one of my favorites. Equally moving is the story of the hunchback and it's musical incarnation in the song "X-Ray", as well as the romantic yearnings of "The Ballad of Julie Finkle". Humor abounds in the story of the little green amp, the self-deflating account of the "... tease" at art school, the audition for a drummer, and the "perfect" first managers; not to mention the fly-fart hint of Dave yelling "... off!" during the initial recording of "You Really Got Me", which had me cracking up!
The album is also notable for a harrowing acoustic rendition of "20th Century Man"; another favorite which is a case of a song being equally great, but different, in all versions I've heard--this one, the original on Muswell Hillbillies, and the bonus track on One For the Road. I can say unequivocally that this is the version to which I return again and again. "London Song", apparently an original on this album as it's performed acoustically live and concludes the album in a stirring studio version, is another in a long list of Ray's paeans to his hometown. The song itself is quite fine--again, equally great but different in the two performances here.
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