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Thanksgiving Day
     

Thanksgiving Day

by Ray Davies
 
The Thanksgiving Day EP -- released two days before Thanksgiving Day 2005 -- is a teaser for Ray Davies' forthcoming album, Other People's Lives, which is not only his first proper solo album, but his first collection of new songs in nearly 13 years. Based on this EP, Davies is in fine form and may indeed be on the verge of delivering a full-fledged

Overview

The Thanksgiving Day EP -- released two days before Thanksgiving Day 2005 -- is a teaser for Ray Davies' forthcoming album, Other People's Lives, which is not only his first proper solo album, but his first collection of new songs in nearly 13 years. Based on this EP, Davies is in fine form and may indeed be on the verge of delivering a full-fledged comeback. The title track is a surprising bit of laid-back Stax soul, spiked with a few of his signature English eccentricities in the form of an over-the-top backing chorus and wry observations. While "Yours Truly Confused N10" has a brass arrangement that's a shade too brassy, it's a clever bit of social satire, and if the moody "London Song" is a bit too splashy and theatrical in its production, Davies' spoken verses are evocative (more so than the exaggerated backing vocals), and the gentle country-rock of "Storyteller" makes up for any of its excesses. "London Song" may prevent Thanksgiving Day from being a flat-out, undeniable success, but the rest of this EP shows Davies regaining his strength as a writer and record-maker. Once it's finished, it's hard not to want to hear more, so this teaser does its job very well indeed.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/22/2005
Label:
V2 North America
UPC:
0638812728623
catalogNumber:
27286

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Performance Credits

Ray Davies   Primary Artist,Guitar,Hammond Organ,Vocals,MIDI Bass,Hammond B3
Mari Wilson   Background Vocals
Guy Barker   Trumpet
Angie Giles   Background Vocals
Roger Goslyn   Trombone
Bobby Graham   Drums
Chris Holland   Organ
Laurie Latham   Percussion,Clavinova
Gilson Lavis   Drums
Nick Lunt   Saxophone
Milton McDonald   Guitar
Dick Nolan   Bass,Bass Guitar
Nick Payn   Tenor Saxophone
Winston Rollins   Trombone
Mark Flannagan   Guitar
Pete Long   Saxophone
Rico Rodriguez   Trombone
Jack Bessant   Bass
Dominic Greensmith   Drums
David Temple   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Crouch End Festival Chorus   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jason McDermid   Trumpet
Chris Storr   Trumpet
Phil Veacock   Saxophone
Dave Swift   Bass
Lisa Grahame   Saxophone
Michael Lee   Saxophone
Serge Krebs   Overdubs
Toby Beron   Drums
Pete Mathison   Guitar
Matthew Winch   Trumpet
Toby Baron   Drums
Michael Rose   Saxophone
Bob Graham   Drums

Technical Credits

Ray Davies   Arranger,Composer,Sound Effects,Producer,Remixing,Audio Production
Laurie Latham   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
B.J. Ben Mason   Remixing
Andrew Scarth   Engineer
Mycle Konopka   Engineer
Pete Long   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Graham Dominy   Engineer

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