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