BY LEE ZIMMERMAN
Who could blame a Kinks Kultist for drooling in anticipation
of a DVD chronicling Dave Davies’ coming of age? After all, wasn’t it Ray’s
younger brother who crafted the patented riffs that fueled the band’s earliest
entries and subsequently composed a series of solo outings that typified their
innate English charms?
Unfortunately, for purchasers of Dave Davies Kronikles: Mystical Journey (E1 Entertainment), those expecting a thorough history of
Dave’s musical trajectory will likely find themselves sorely disappointed after
viewing Davies’ overly long and deadly dry narrative describing his path to
inner enlightenment. In fact, for all his endless musings about the meaning of
life and the connection to the cosmic workings of the universe, Davies’
philosophical offerings come across as so much intellectual pabulum, both
tedious and tiresome.
While the commentary becomes hopelessly mired in these
paranormal possibilities, suffice it to say Davies makes no excuses about his
beliefs in unexplained phenomenon, extraterrestrial and otherwise. He claims his older sisters possessed a
measure of psychic ability and that his extraordinary mental connection to his
siblings, Ray included, took root early on. However, his urge to get
metaphysical breaks down into a ponderous series of discussions with
like-minded believers and cult practitioners and scenes of Davies walking
aimlessly around his old childhood haunts, driving towards unknown destinations
in the countryside and illuminating himself in reverse images of various
landscapes that supposedly reflect mystical possibilities.
Despite a precious few home movies of the fledgling Kinks,
some scattered personal recollections and a soundtrack culled from Davies back
catalogue, his fabled musical legacy takes a back seat to his philosophical
discourse, which, by the way, sounds as if he’s reading from some sage
text. A menu of bonus features provides
no further respite, consisting mainly of fuller conversations with like-minded
disciples — save a performance of his classic “Creeping Jean” rendered
recently with his Dave Davies Band.
Davies does make a point when he speaks of the artist’s
obligation to serve his spirituality through his music. In this case, all would have been better
served by letting the music speak for itself.