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Thanksgiving Day [EP]

Ray DaviesAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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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 (November 22, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: V2 North America
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,662 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Thanksgiving Day
2. Yours Truly Confused N10
3. London Song
4. Storyteller
5. Thanksgiving Day (Alternative Mix)

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Product Description

Along with two unique mixes of the title track, this EP will feature a second new Davies composition, 'Yours Truly, Confused N10', which was originally recorded in 2002 with Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. Thanksgiving Day will also feature a new mix of 'London Song', a tune that first saw the light of day on Davies' 1998 The Storyteller, as well as that album's title track. V2. 2005.

Strictly speaking, there's only one new song on this EP. The pounding "London Song" and gentle "Storyteller" are bonus studio tracks from 1998's music-and-spoken-word show The Storyteller, while the swinging, big-band "Yours Truly, Confused N10"--recorded with Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra--originally appeared on the latter's Small World Big Band, Vol. 2: More Friends four years later. But the title track--a teaser for Ray Davies's debut solo album, Other People's Lives--is all new. Nothing like the music hall of Davies's Kinks heyday, "Thanksgiving Day" is, rather, a brassy Southern soul ballad that sounds like something off Exile on Main Street or Otis Blue. Meanwhile, Davies's gift for wistful songcraft hasn't departed him, as he tells us that on this fourth November Thursday, "A lonely spinster prays / for a handsome lover and a passionate embrace, and kisses all over her American face." If this is any indication of the full album's quality, Davies fans are in for a real treat. --Benjamin Lukoff

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THANKSGIVING RAY! November 22, 2005
By ralph
Format:Audio CD
Don't expect this song to grab you immediately like the first five chords of YOU REALLY GOT ME. Instead, after just a couple listens it slowly creeps in and gets a hold of you till you can't get it out of your head. For longtime Kinks fans - this is a welcome reward for your patience. If this track and "The Tourist" (European release EP) are any indication of what's to come on Ray's first proper SOLO ALBUM (due early '06) then we are all in for a treat. Rays's songwriting continues to evolve in different directions, and it is evident he is experimenting with different sounds (less Kinky, but still intriguing). Anyway

to get back on track THANKSGIVING DAY is a wonderful song lyrically and musically (would we expect anything less from our well respected hero?) with a funky backbeat, and the other tracks on the EP will satisfy any Kinky Kollector because they include a track previously only released on a Jools Holland & Friends CD, and remixes of the two original Storyteller tunes! The net proceeds of this EP go to the New Orleans music school charity that Ray had been active in at the time of his unfortunate incident down there. There's no excuse not to get this one!

And God Save The Kinks.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The genius is back November 22, 2005
By Teebee
Format:Audio CD
This EP gives you an insight to what Ray Davies is still capable of. The tune of this first track from the forthcoming first solo album "Other People's Lives" is a piece of thoughtful commentary on (American) family life, with a great tune and evolving into a powerful hymn backed with a choir.

The bonus tracks are alternate versions of already known songs which are now hard to find (e . g. tracks from the "Storyteller CD") and which are worth having.

A must-have for dedicated followers and people who'd like to be one of them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I think Ray is just fine without Dave November 23, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I generally don't write reviews but I've been a Kinks fan for over 35 years so I had to speak up. This EP and Tourist EP from England prove that Ray has lost none of his ability to champion the common man. This is a GREAT song. The two versions of Thanksgiving Day are completely different so buy this so you won't miss out. I love Dave and The Kinks but Ray is who all true Kinks fans have been waiting for and he delivers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You can grow up without selling out. January 27, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I've seen some Keith Richards interviews where he mentions writing 'grown-up' rock and roll. While the middle-aged-plus Stones have barely honored this intention, Ray Davies most certainly has.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Little Teaser December 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I was very excited to see this CD EP available. As mentioned by other reviewers, the title song Thanksgiving Day will not immediately grab you a la You Really Got Me. Give it a chance and it will definitely draw you into this quintessential Ray Davies character study. On the surface, it's a happy, nostalgic tale of the annual family feast gathering so many of us grew up with and still look forward to today. But it wouldn't be a great Davies song without a somewhat sad and ironic twist. Personally, I find it very moving. It touches me in so many ways. It will illicit a wide range of emotional response for most people. I like both versions of the song though I might have a slight preference for the alternate version which is track #5. It seems to draw you in a little quicker with its choral introduction.

As for the rest of the EP, I immediately liked the 2nd song, Yours Truly Confused N10 with its big band brass swing and humorous lyric. It's got a very different sound. Nobody will confuse this song with anything previously done by The Kinks. As for the other two songs, I like Storyteller with its quiet, countrified charm. London Song doesn't really do much for me. It sounds more like an interesting experiment, but never really develops as a song. All in all, a nice little teaser for the much anticipated full CD release next February.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Appetizer! January 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is the US single taken from the forthcoming Ray Davies solo album "Other People's Lives". The title track of this 5 tracks single ( a typical Ray Davies song ) is the only one to be included on the album. The song is here in two versions, both great, though I somehow prefer the shorter alternate mix. The song shows that Ray's vocals and his songwriting are as good as ever!

"Your Truly Confused" has never been released before, but was recorded in 2002 with Jools Holland and his orchestra. A little too much horn on it for my taste; so though Rays vocals are great, I do not regret that it won't be included on the album.

The two last tracks are "Storyteller" songs. The "Storyteller" title track is the same version that was on that CD, but the version of "London" is different.

For those who have not bought the "Storyteller" album, the title track will be a nice addition; "London", I have always regarded as one of Ray's weaker songs; this new version doesn't change that opinion.

Considering the great "Thanksgiving Day", "The Tourist" ( another single taken from the album ) plus some of the other songs I heard Ray play live in 2005, I think there are good reasons to have high expectations to "Other People's Lives".
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