Thanksgiving Day

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/22/2005
  • Label: V2 North America
  • UPC: 638812728623
  • Catalog Number: 27286

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Thanksgiving Day (5:11)
  2. 2 Yours Truly Confused N10 - Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra (4:20)
  3. 3 London Song (4:14)
  4. 4 Storyteller (4:42)
  5. 5 Thanksgiving Day (4:31)
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Album Credits

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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