Alex Chilton on New Ray Davies LP

Bruce Springsteen,
Metallica, Spoon, Lucinda Williams, Black Francis, Billy Corgan among others,
including Chilton, to record Kinks songs with Davies. Album arrives next March.

 

By Fred Mills

 

You can’t necessarily tell from glancing at the record
sleeve (reproduced below), but Ray Davies’ new covering-himself album See My Friends, due March 22 from Decca,
will have an additional guest guaranteed to give pop fans a little shiver of
delight: it’s the late Alex Chilton, who sings on Kinks klassic “Til the End of
the Day.” Chilton is joined by such luminaries as 14 Davies-penned tunes that
mostly date from his Kinks heyday.

 

 

The full tracklisting can be viewed below. According to an
interview with Davies published this past weekend at ClashMusic.com, while the album
had been in the works for about a year, the Chilton track has its origins in
2004, when Davies was in New Orleans
recovering from his gunshot wounds (stemming from a mugging incident) and
Chilton turned out to be a neighbor.

 

Said Davies, “We didn’t talk about music much, but he did
say to me before I came back to England, ‘You know, I’ve recorded one of your
songs, ‘Til The End Of The Day’, with Big Star, and I’d love to do another song
with you. And he asked me to write some songs for him – I felt really
flattered, because by then I had found out about his history. A very unassuming
guy.”

 

Later, in 2009, the musicians renewed their acquaintance,
and Davies invited Chilton to record with him at Konk Studios: He said, ‘Let’s
do it!’ I said, ‘What would you like to do?’ He said, ‘‘Til The End Of The Day’
and ‘Set Me Free’. So I just had an acoustic guitar and a rhythm box, because I
hadn’t organised anything. I played guitar and Alex sang. We did five or six takes
and comped it together.”

 

‘Better Things (Featuring Bruce Springsteen)’
‘Celluloid Heroes (Featuring Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora)’
‘Days/This Time Tomorrow (Featuring Mumford & Sons)’
‘Long Way From Home (Featuring Lucinda Williams & The 88)’
‘You Really Got Me (Featuring Metallica)’
‘Lola (Featuring Paloma Faith)’
‘Waterloo Sunset (Featuring Jackson Browne)’
‘Til the End Of The Day (Featuring Alex Chilton & The 88)’
‘Dead End Street (Featuring Amy Macdonald)’
‘See My Friends (Featuring Spoon)’
‘This Is Where I Belong (Featuring Black Francis)’
‘David Watts (Featuring The 88)’
‘Tired Of Waiting (Featuring Gary Lightbody)’
‘All Day And All Of The Night/Destroyer (Featuring Billy Corgan)’

 

 

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