with Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Jon Bon Jovi and many more


Bruce Springsteen besuchte den ehemaligen Kinks Sänger Ray Davies im Januar 2010 im Studio, um den Song “Better Things” einzuspielen.

Am 8. November 2010 wurde Ray Davies neues Studioalbum “See My Friends” offiziell veröffentlicht.

Auf der CD findet man nicht nur “Better Things”, sondern auch noch 14 weitere Tracks, die Ray Davies mit bekannten Musikgrössten aufgenommen hat. Neben Bruce Springsteen beteiligten sich ausserdem Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Metallica, Jackson Browne, Mando Diao, Amy Macdonald, Billy Corgan und viele andere Stars an diesem Projekt.


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

Ray Davies schreibt auf seiner Homepage:
September 2010:
Ray releases “See My Friends”, an album of classic Kinks songs turned into unique collaborations on Universal UK on November 1st. (Europe to be same week, US to follow early next year) There is a new microsite for the album at www.seemyfriends.co.uk which will be updated weekly with new information.

On this one of a kind album, Ray collaborates with a formidable selection of artists on tracks from his incredible songwriting career, revisiting his back catalogue and crafting new versions of his classic songs. Everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Metallica features on this diverse collection of material.

Highlights include ‘Days’/'This Time Tomorrow’ with Mumford & Sons, ‘Better Things’ with Bruce Springsteen, ‘You Really Got Me’ with Metallica and ‘A Long Way from Home’ with Lucinda Williams and Ray’s first choice with the late great Big Star/Boxtops singer Alex Chilton

“This project came about almost by accident,” says Davies of the project, which was kick-started when he recorded a version of ‘Till The End Of The Day’ in the summer of 2009, with Alex Chilton.

“With some tracks I had to appreciate the style of the other artists, otherwise it would have sounded unbalanced. And I wanted the album to work as an entire listening experience but each track had a life of its own,” explains Ray.

Ray was happy to go where the music took him, in every sense: Oslo via Denmark, Germany and Belgium to record with Metallica, New York to record with Jon Bon Jovi, New Jersey for Bruce Springsteen, Chicago for Billy Corgan from Smashing Pumpkins and his own north London base, the legendary KONK studios, for much of the rest. “This record is well-travelled already,” explains Ray.

Paloma Faith, Jackson Browne, Black Francis of the Pixies, Lucinda Williams, Amy MacDonald and Spoon also feature on the record, which follows Ray’s acclaimed tour of North America and the UK plus a stand out set on Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage this summer.
Ray Davies & The Kinks
The Kinks wurden 1964 von den Brüdern Ray und Dave Davies gegründet. Schon bald gelang der Band mit ihrer dritten Single "You Really Got Me" der internationale Durchbruch. Besonders Ray Davies machte sich mit den Kompositionen "Sunny Afternoon", "Dead End Street" und "Waterloo Sunset" einen Namen. Er zählt neben John Lennon und Paul McCartney zu den besten britischen Songschreibern.

Mehr Infos gibt es auf der offiziellen Ray Davies Homepage: http://www.raydavies.info