Dave Davies - Unfinished Business
People Magazine - January 25 1999
His big brother and Kinks mate, Ray Davies, is regarded by many older
rock fans as the finest 1960's British rock tunesmith this side of Lennon and McCartney.
So it is not surprising that Dave, 52, who played raucous lead guitar but generally
let his more theatrical brother take the bows, has been seen as the London-based
band's more earthy Everyman during their 36-year career.
Photo by M.C. Spellman
So underappreciated is Dave that even the fierce, screaming guitar solo he invented
for the Kinks' first hit, 1964's "You Really Got Me," was long rumored
to have been the contribution of Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page. Now, on the heels of
his first U.S. solo tour, Davies the Younger has compiled this double CD of old Kinks
tunes from decades past, plus songs from three of his own solo albums.
While much of this hard-rocking fare is likely to enthrall longtime Kinks fans the
most, some tunes, including "You Don't Know My Name," "Suzannah's
Still Alive" and new versions of such gems as "Strangers" and his
own Kinks hit "Death of a Clown," prove that Dave is a talented composer
in his own right and not simply a power-chord cruncher rele gated to his brother's
shadow. Bottom Line: Kinks sibling hogs the spot light, for once, and loudly.
By S.D. - People Magazine, January 25 1999
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