Thanksgiving Day EP
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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.
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!
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.
"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".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First, I love the Kinks and to me Davies is the heart & soul of the group. That said this cd has five songs on it that can all be found on the Davies first solo cd "Other... Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by csmith8354
I think Ray Davies is one of the most under-rated song writers of his era. And in his "older" years he still has the power to write great songs with moving lyrics. Read morePublished on September 13, 2007 by Turk Sanders
Good sample of things to come, not for anyone but the dedicated though, as most of the tunes can be(or will soon be) obtainable elsewhere.Published on February 8, 2006 by RoastBeefSalad
Ive been a fan since l964 - but not dedicated till l965 (I was a beatles fan till then)...I cant wait for Rays new cd(Other Peoples Lives) to come out in Feb 06!!!! Read morePublished on December 3, 2005 by Lanny J. Dante