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Working Man's Cafe [Original recording remastered, Import]

Ray DaviesAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (December 3, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • ASIN: B001GM7GM6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,480,505 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Vietnam Cowboys
2. You're Asking Me
3. Working Man's Café
4. Morphine Song
5. In a Moment
6. Peace in Our Time
7. No One Listen
8. Imaginary Man
9. One More Time
10. The Voodoo Walk
11. Hymn for a New Age [*]
12. The Real World [*]

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Japanese only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD - playable on all CD players) pressing. Universal. 2008.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Glimpses of Raw Unpolished Kinks October 27, 2007
"Working Man's Café" is Ray Davies' second solo-release in two years; but it actually could be called his first real solo album. "Return to Waterloo" from 1985 was a soundtrack-album, "Storyteller" was mainly a live-recording and last year's "Other People's Lives" was recorded over a 3-4 years period.

It been more than ten years since Ray last recorded with brother Dave as the Kinks, so maybe it's irrelevant to compare his present music with his legendary band. But as his vocals and songs were such a big part of the band's profile, it's really hard not to do so; especially as his new album has so many ingredients that were also typical of the Kinks.

The raw unpolished sound that characterised the Kinks' early recordings for Pye is more or less reinvented on this new album; and this without losing Ray's unique melodic touch. Actually this new album features most virtues of the best Kinks albums. Great songs, lots of energy, great vocals and a lot of variation - without losing consistency.

"Other People's Lives" was not a bad album at all, but it did not really work as well as an album as this new release. Several songs deserve to be brought forward, and a good handful of them are already among my Davies favourites.

There some very beautiful ballads; several with moving melancholy lyrics. The closing track "Real World" is a great song in the vein of "Don't Forget to Dance". "Imaginary Man" is another ballad - just as strong. "One More Time" is a great midtempo song, very much sounding like the Kinks of the late 70's.

More bluesy is "Working Man's Café" and "Morphine Song" has some female harmony vocals that make you think of "Preservation Act" - both fine tracks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All Hail Ray!!! He's done it again! July 2, 2014
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
As a dedicated follower of The Kinks I was hesitant to listen to Ray's solo work. Often times I find an artist's solo work lacking compared to the body of work they did with their band. I was wrong about this gem. Ray continues to remind that he's head and shoulders above all others.

Great witty lyrics that we are used to with a sound that holds it's own with anything else he's released in his long career, this is a can't miss album. "Imaginary Man", "In a Moment", and "Morphine Song" are three standout tracks. If you love The Kinks, Ray Davies, or just good music in general...give it a try.
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The Brits get it for free, the Yanks have to pay!
I'm wondering if it will be available in the imported copies of the Times that you can find at places like Borders. Think so? If so you might be able to get it as early as Monday or Tuesday of next week. For Christ's sake have a cuppa tea!
Oct 19, 2007 by Head Full of Rainbows |  See all 7 posts
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