Hidden Treasures

Hidden Treasures

by Dave Davies
     
 
Dave Davies' first solo album was initially lost somewhere around 1969, when the Kinks were finally granted reentry into the United States to support Arthur. Parts of it were found over the years, surfacing on The Great Lost Kinks Album and Kronikles -- not to mention such earlier albums as

Overview

Dave Davies' first solo album was initially lost somewhere around 1969, when the Kinks were finally granted reentry into the United States to support Arthur. Parts of it were found over the years, surfacing on The Great Lost Kinks Album and Kronikles -- not to mention such earlier albums as Something Else -- then on numerous Kinks reissues over the years, including many semi-official attempts to revive the record such as 1987's The Album That Never Was or the 1999 anthology Unfinished Business. These, along with many widely circulated bootlegs, tend to diminish the surprise of Universal's 2011 Hidden Treasures, the first official, sanctioned reissue of Dave's Lost Album, but it does not diminish its impact. Co-compilers Russell Smith and Andrew Sandoval base Hidden Treasures on the reference acetate assembled by Warner Reprise in 1969, although in Smith's liner notes he admits "there is no indication or evidence that Warner Reprise ever seriously considered releasing all these tracks as an LP," considering how Dave's album had no catalog number, unlike the scrapped Four More Respected Gentlemen and God Save the Kinks albums. The Lost Album runs for the first 13 of the 27 tracks, with the rest of the disc devoted to Dave-led Kinks tracks and solo singles, plus alternate mixes -- effectively everything Dave Davies wrote and sang during the '60s. Anybody familiar enough with this material to be excited by this release will find no unheard songs (there are a couple of rarities, however, in a previously unreleased alternate mix of "Mr. Reporter" and a studio version of "Good Luck Charm"), but the sound quality and presentation are exquisite, the best this frequently released material has ever had, and for those who have never heard Dave Davies' material as a piece they're in for a treat: this is some of the best pop of the swinging '60s -- clever, catchy, and confessional, standing proudly alongside the best of his brother Ray or any of their peers, for that matter.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/08/2011
Label:
Sanctuary Uk
UPC:
0602527776538
catalogNumber:
2777653
Rank:
76472

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Tracks

  1. Susannah's Still Alive
  2. This Man He Weeps Tonight
  3. Mindless Child of Motherhood
  4. Hold My Hand
  5. Do You Wish to be a Man
  6. Are You Ready
  7. Creeping Jean
  8. Crying
  9. Lincoln County
  10. Mr. Shoemaker's Daughter
  11. Mr. Reporter
  12. Groovy Movies
  13. There's No Life Without Love
  14. I Am Free
  15. Death of a Clown
  16. Love Me Till the Sun Shines
  17. Susannah's Still Alive
  18. Funny Face
  19. Lincoln County
  20. There's No Life Without Love
  21. Hold My Hand
  22. Creeping Jean
  23. This Man He Weeps Tonight
  24. Mindless Child of Motherhood
  25. Mr. Reporter
  26. Hold My Hand
  27. Good Luck Charm

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Davies   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Nicky Hopkins   Organ,Piano,Mellotron
Ray Davies   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Mellotron,Pump Organ
Mick Avory   Drums,Tambourine
John Dalton   Bass Guitar
Peter Quaife   Bass Guitar
Phil Smee   Analogue Synthesizer
Rasa Davies   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Dave Davies   Composer
Ray Davies   Composer,Producer
Doug Hinman   Track Annotations,Memorabilia
Andy Hendriksen   Engineer
Lew Warburton   Bass Arrangement
Klaus Schmalenbach   Memorabilia
Alan McKenzie   Engineer
Russell Smith   Liner Notes
Dave Emlen   Memorabilia
John A. Koerner   Composer

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