DAVE DAVIES – ” Decade “

Posted: October 14, 2018 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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As a founding member of The Kinks, Dave Davies is a musician who needs little introduction. After decisively solving the riddle of the first “Great Lost Dave Davies Solo Album,” 2011’s magnificent Hidden Treasures, we now have what should have been its sequel: Decade. Years prior to the issue of Dave’s first “proper” solo album, 1980’s AFL1-3603, he was working on the fascinating tracks that make up this new compilation. The tapes were unearthed by his sons and properly mixed and mastered in a way that lets these songs shimmer and shine even brighter than they did at inception. Any album recorded over the span of 10 years runs the risk of ending up wildly erratic, yet Decade is surprisingly cohesive. A real treasure.

The album, which arrives October. 12th, is a collection of unreleased songs he recorded from 1971-79. You can listen to the lead single, “Cradle to the Grave,” below.

“I am so pleased that after all this time these tracks are being released to see the light of day,” he said in a press release. “These songs have been silently nagging at me to be recognised all these years. At last I can proudly present this album Decade to the world. I do hope you all enjoy the music.”

 Dave penned several great songs, such as “Death of a Clown” from Something Else and the Arthur-era outtakes “Mindless Child of Motherhood” and “This Man He Weeps Tonight.” But as the press release notes, Dave’s songs “had no apparent place” in the concept albums Ray was creating, so these tracks remained “under beds, in attics, in storage” until they were discovered by Dave’s sons. “We were busy, and we were touring, he continued, “The Kinks were very vibrant that whole period of time. It wasn’t really until the end of the ‘70s that I started to really take my writing seriously. I should have done it anyway—because what’s ‘serious’ and ‘not serious’? Just get stuff out, you know?”

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