Working Man's Cafe (Ltd Ed Deluxe CD/DVD Combo) Extra tracks
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The deluxe CD/DVD contains a limited edition DVD entitled Ray Davies Americana A Work In Progress. Filmed and directed by Ray himself, it features footage from the fall 2001 Storyteller Tour. Ray narrates over the post-9/11 landscape of airports, freeways, hotels, soundchecks and performances, with songs from Working Man s Café as the soundtrack. It all culminates in New Orleans, the city that inspired many of the songs on the new album. The film is a fascinating glimpse into life on the road with one of rock n roll s most legendary artists. It is filmed and directed by Ray Davies.
Working Mans Café, focuses on the plight of the worker, the every day man around the world. It is Davies American record (many of the songs were written and all produced in the US) describing the changes he s seen in this country since he first started visiting in the 60s. In a recent four star Mojo Magazine review Davies is described as having a tourist s blend of enchantment and bafflement when writing about the United States
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The musicians, especially the lead-guitarist Patrick Buchannan, are excellent. Buchannan captures the spirit of Dave Davies in many of the solos, especially on 'I, the Victim'. His guitar tone is very Gretschy and gritty and his piercing solos are outstanding. The bassist and drummer are solid and unobtrusive. The mix is consistent and just dirty enough to keep everything edgy.
Rays vocals are outstanding. He pushes his limits sometimes, especially on 'Peace In Our Time', which is marred by some atrocious belting. The ballads 'One More Time', 'The Real World' and 'Imaginary Man' are the high points for me. 'OPL' had nothing on par with these three songs. Its nice to know Ray can still write beautiful songs, and to his and/or Ray Kennedy's credit, none of them are too long or over-arranged. The vocals are outstanding, especially on 'One More Time' and 'The Real World'. Some reviewers have said these songs drag the record down, but I think they give it balance and variety and a sense of humanity that most pop music severely lacks.Read more ›
The version with DVD is highly recommended..its only 20 minutes but all of it precious to fans ....and not much more mula..
GOD SAVE THE KINKS..and Raymond Douglas Davies!
If you are a fan...do not hesitate ...if you felt his last (only) solo effort was middling...join the crowd...this is GREAT!
The CD/DVD comboversion is only worthwhile for the additional rocking track "I, The Victim" which doesn't appear on the CD available by itself. The DVD is interesting but its more like a glorified home movie of Ray's 2001 tour of the United States. Its interesting primarily for its glimpses of America post-9/11. It's also most interesting for the snippets we see of Ray working on his songs or performing from the tour to support X-Ray (his book).
I actually liked most of "Other People's Lives" but found "Working Man's Cafe" to be more consistent with no tracks that I would consider weak. In addition to the album and the bonus track "Angola" (which is really about Ray being shot in New Orleans during a purse snatching)we also get two demos and with the CD/DVD combo set the rough mix of "I The Victim" (it's on the CD as a bonus track) which, I assume, is from a forthcoming project. Highly recommended.
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Most creative artists peak in their 20's and thirties with the rare exception like Duke Ellington. Who knew getting shot in the leg would lead to a Ray Davies rennaisance? Read morePublished 11 months ago by alan
I didn't even listen to this CD until 2010. I've long given up on my rock heroes of the 60's coming out
with anything great (Okay, Neil Young can still do it). Read more
'Morphine Song' is my favorite here.
Has to be one of his best ever solo works.
Listening to the lyrics, I can't help thing it's about his stay in a hospital after being... Read more
Straight into Rayville with Vietnam Cowboys. Always observing, always chronicling, ever commenting; he's king songwriter. Mr. Read morePublished on November 25, 2010 by OLD GUY.
Ray Davies is an extraordinary composer, lyricist and performer. This album has it all: great music with thoughtful lyrics. Read morePublished on September 29, 2009 by Sea Otter
If you're already a Kinks or Ray Davies fan, you don't need me to tell you that this is great music from one of our best composers. Read morePublished on October 20, 2008 by Mark Zimmerman
What can one say about a CD whose best track is the bonus "demo version" of the album's first song? I'll take the simplicity and purity of the demo version of Vietnam Cowboys over... Read morePublished on July 29, 2008 by Dewey
I know. You ALL gave the CD FIVE Stars. I have been as most of you have been a KINKS /RAY Davies fan since 1964. Read morePublished on July 5, 2008 by DICK YORK IS THE BETTER DICK
Fantastic. Ranks right up there with some of Ian Hunter's work over the last fifteen years: poignant, mature lyrics, instantly catchy riffs. There's not a throwaway track here. Read morePublished on July 5, 2008 by J. Huebner