The Modern Genius Of Ray Davies - MOJO Tribute

Release info:

Produced by: various
Release date: Feb 2006
Record label & catalog #: MOJO -
Country: UK
Format: CD
Release type: Tribute album
Description/Notes: Compilation of previously released and new cover versions


1. Better Things   stereo mix, by Fountains Of Wayne, recorded 2002
2. This Strange Effect   stereo mix, by Steve Wynn, recorded 1997
3. Fancy   stereo mix, by Redd Kross, recorded 1993
4. Who'll Be The Next In Line   stereo mix, by Mudhoney, recorded 2001 at Jupiter Studios, Seattle, Washington
5. You Shouldn't Be Sad   stereo mix, by The Thanes, recorded 1989
6. This Is Where I Belong   stereo mix, by Bill Lloyd, recorded 1994
7. A Long Way From Home   stereo mix, by The Green Pajamas, recorded 2005
8. No Return   stereo mix, by Yo La Tengo, recorded 1997
9. Situation Vacant   stereo mix, by Kevin Tihista, recorded 2006
10. Big Sky   stereo mix, by The Blue Aeroplanes, recorded 2006
11. Tell Me Now So I'll Know   stereo mix, by Holly Golightly, recorded 2002
12. Waterloo Sunset   stereo mix, by Peter Bruntnell, recorded 2005
13. Nothin' In The World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That Girl   stereo mix, by Mark Lanegan, recorded 2001 at 11AD Studios, Los Angeles, California
14. Last of the Steam-Powered Trains   stereo mix, as "Steam Train" by Ed Kuepper, recorded 1997
15. See My Friends   stereo mix, by Gravenhurst, recorded 2005

Liner Notes:

Given away free with MOJO MARCH 2006. Not to be sold separately.

"I was a very quiet kid but I knew what I wanted to do," said Ray Davies, recalling his childhood. "I knew what I was good at. I was good at making up stories, drawing pictures and running. I could invent situations. I lived in an absolute dream world."

Born in Muswell Hill, north London, on June 21, 1944, by the mid-'60s the taciturn Davies emerged from his teenage reveries to become the most astute chronicler of Britain's move from mono-channel, post-War drudgery into the possibilities suggested by the dawn of the Rediffusion Age.

And yet, in detailing this transition, Davies continued to create his own imagined world, removing himself from his songs and, in so doing, hiding from the cruelty and uncertainty he saw in place of the colourised myth of Swinging London. It is Ray's anger at the world around him juxtaposed with a quest for hope, and married to a remarkable ear for melody that has defined the music of The Kinks for the last four decades. In that time they have been described as the originators of heavy metal, rock opera pioneers, the forerunners of skinny-tied new wave and godfathers of Britpop. In truth, The Kinks are unique, powered by a singular vision that continues to question, rail and evolve. Ray Davies' new album, Other People;s Lives, is proof of that. Meanwhile, this 15-track MOJO tribute is testament to the evergreen nature of both Ray's songs and the ongoing influence and power of The Kinks.

Editor-In-Chief, MOJO Magazin
London, England
January 2006
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