The Kinks Choral Concert: NPR From All Songs Considered

Reply Thu 24 Dec, 2009 08:22 am
one of my fave radio guys interviewed ray about this project and played songs from the CD, if you're in the least a kinks fan, i think you'll enjoy it

December 22, 2009 - It didn't strike me as a great idea: Ray Davies, frontman for the legendary band The Kinks, had paired some of the group's most popular songs with a full choir. It turns out I was wrong. There have always been simple and often beautiful harmonies in many of The Kinks' songs, especially in the band's work from the late 1960s. Fortunately, much of the material Davies chose for his new choral album, The Kinks Choral Collection, comes from the group's seminal 1968 record, The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society. The beauty of the song "Waterloo Sunset," in this setting, is especially powerful.

At New York City's Town Hall, back on Nov. 20, Ray Davies performed these new choral renditions of great Kinks songs and solo tunes for a rapt audience. You can hear the thrill of the choir and the power of his band, along with the euphoria of the crowd, which sometimes added to the 25 voices on stage.

Choirmaster David Temple directed the the New York City-based Dessoff Chamber Choir, with little or no rehearsal. (The singers read from transcribed versions of The Kinks' songs.) Jeff Lunden, a freelance arts reporter for NPR, was in the choir. You can hear how the chaos of the choral group took shape, along with an interview with Ray Davies, in a story Lunden did for NPR. And in spite of the odds and a few raw notes, the new life these old songs found far outweighs the risk inherent in embarking on a project like this. All around, it was a well-played and memorable night, by a well-respected man.

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Reply Thu 24 Dec, 2009 09:35 am
When I first heard about this and heard a couple of cuts, I felt a cringe. I thought, Ray WTF? But then I heard the story of how it came to be and I relaxed a bit. These songs are not sacred, no matter how dear they are to me. I doubt that I will buy the CD, but it's great that he did it.
Reply Thu 24 Dec, 2009 09:46 am
anyone interested in hearing ray discuss the project can listen to ron bennington interviewing here


the interviews are streaming only no download (the show airs on Sirius/XM, and may contain cursing)

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Reply Thu 24 Dec, 2009 01:05 pm
Cool beans! After my Cranky Geeks episode is over I'll give it a listen.
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