That was a treat!
I liked The Oblivion Express and Trinity a lot.
Most of the shows we did with him were either the Eric Burdon band or the Robby Krieger band....or both.
Ray Davies is my favorite song writer. One of my friends thinks Celluloid Heroes is kind of lame....I love that song!
Some of the opera stuff is indulgent and overly British I guess. Still I enjoy listening to those things. It must be said that the Kinks as a band are the quintessential example of a musical magical combination. You cannot just get great musicians together and expect it to come out great. Doesn't work like that.
Something else happens that transcends individual virtuosity. Ray Davies had the perfect canvas to work from.
I can listen to Waterloo Sunset over and over.
The Beatles of course, are another example of musical magic.
As for John Lennon, he was a great writer for the most part, but for me, I could have done without songs like Glass Onion and Instant Karma and Oh Yoko. He definitely had a lame side as well as a brilliant side. I guess most writers do.
: Been checking out Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger
: and Trinity's stirring rendition of the
: classic folk piece "Wheels on
: Fire".Ever particularly into other
: Trinity recordings or alternate versions of
: "Wheel"?(I intend on playing the
: Byrd's and Dylan takes on YouTube)Also,I've
: been listening nearly incessantly to the
: Kinks' contagiously breezy
: "Apeman" as well as the sure fire
: third degree classic
: "Lola".Whenever I hear the Kinks,I
: think of a Pete Townshend interview where he
: was speaking of what a songwriting influence
: Ray Davies was and that Davies should have
: been Britain's Poet Laureate.Do you agree
: that of the English music writers at the
: time,Davies was the most deserving of the
: suggested bestowment?I know George Bunnell
: has said that he thought John Lennon's
: approach to lyricism was a bit
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