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The Kinks launch double CD featuring original versions of songs from hit musical ‘Sunny Afternoon’

October 16, 2015

THE KINKSUnion Square Music has launched a new double-CD compilation which features the original versions of the Kinks classics performed in the award-winning stage musical Sunny Afternoon. All the tracks were specially selected by The Kinks’ Ray Davies. 

The musical Sunny Afternoon – named after The Kinks’ 1966 hit – uses songs by the band to tell the story of Ray Davies’s early life as well as the rise of the band he founded with his brother Dave in 1964. The musical has won four Olivier Awards.

Titled Sunny Afternoon – The Very Best of The Kinks, the new compilation contains nine of The Kinks’ UK Top Five hit singles, including three Number Ones. It features tracks such as ‘You Really Got Me’, ‘Waterloo Sunset’, ‘Sunny Afternoon’, and ‘Lola’. It also includes Kinks interviews and session tracks from the BBC’s archives.

The Kinks’ influence is now seen across a wide range of rock acts, such as The Who, Bruce Springsteen, The Jam, The Pretenders, Tom Petty, XTC and Elvis Costello – all of whom have paid homage to The Kinks at some point in covers or accolades.

The Who’s Pete Townshend was particularly influenced by the group’s sound: “Dave Davies was a real innovator and Ray was a gobsmacking genius,” he once remarked. “I desperately hope they work together again.”

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Inspired by real events, “Gilbert’s Gift” tells the story of Gilbert Shilling—a rock star back in the Swinging Sixties—who becomes a living lung donor to save the life of a dying boy he has never met.

“Gilbert’s Gift” is available from Amazon as a US paperback, UK paperback and as an eBook from Amazon’s Kindle Store. It is also available from Apple’s iTunes Store (Books/Fiction & Literature/Brian Will Oliver), Barnes & Noble’s Nook Store, and from KoboBooks.

You can read a FREE sample of “Gilbert’s Gift” HERE (USA) or HERE (UK).

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The Kinks in Mono on new 10CD box set

November 18, 2011

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Amid growing speculation about a possible reunion of The Kinks’ Ray Davies and his brother Dave, Sanctuary have launched an impressive new 10CD box set, titled The Kinks in Mono.

The set uniquely brings together The Kinks’ first seven LPs – from Kinks (1964) through to Arthur (1969) – plus four original EPs and two exclusive collectors’ compilations … all remastered in their original mono.

The set also includes a 32-page ‘pop annual’ style Kinks book, comprehensive liner notes, memorabilia (including rare photographs), a discography, plus other information about the band.

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Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters anniversaries inspire new ‘100 Years of the Blues’ box set

November 16, 2011

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A superb new 4CD box set, titled 100 Years of the Blues, has been released to celebrate the centenary of Robert Johnson’s birth, and also to mark the 60th anniversary of Muddy Waters’ first recording sessions on Stovall’s Cotton Plantation in Mississippi.

The set comprises 91 tracks and traces the story of the blues from the early 20th century right up to the present day.

It comes with a 126-page book and detailed liner notes that describe each stage in the evolution of the blues.

Each CD covers a different era of the blues: Pre War Blues, Urban Blues, The Sixties and Modern Day Blues.

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Star Trek’s William Shatner releases ‘space rock’ album: Seeking Major Tom

October 9, 2011

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Star Trek legend William Shatner is boldly going into space again at the age of 80 … but it’s not space as we know it, Jim. This time Captain Kirk is venturing into ‘space rock’ with a new album titled Seeking Major Tom.

Shatner has recorded a space odyssey-themed album of heavy metal classics featuring a rock ‘Who’s Who’ line-up that includes Peter Frampton, Lyle Lovett, Johnny Winter, Steve Miller, Sheryl Crow, Asia’s John Wetton, The Kinks’ Dave Davies, Steve Howe of Yes, Deep Purple’s Ian Paice, any many more.

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Johnny Nash’s ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ is top summer song

August 22, 2008

 

Johnny Nash’s reggae song ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ has been named the most-played summer song of the past year in a new survey undertaken by the UK’s Performing Right Society (PRS).

 

Originally written and recorded by Nash in 1972, ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ has been covered by many artists over the past three decades, including a 1993 hit version by Jimmy Cliff.

 

‘Walking On Sunshine’ by Katrina & The Waves came second in the PRS survey, with the Bryan Adams hit ‘Summer Of ‘69’ taking third place even though it only ever reached No. 42 on the UK charts.

 

The Kinks’ hit ‘Sunny Afternoon’ – written by the band’s Ray Davies – came fourth. Don Henley’s ‘The Boys Of Summer’ (apparently a common nickname for baseball players in America) is listed at Number 5 in the survey.

 

“The summer’s been a bit of a wash-out, so it’s great to hear these classic summer-time songs that remind us of the best of British weather,” said PRS chairman Ellis Rich. “All these summer songs have stood the test of time, which goes to show the importance of music in our lives and the nostalgia it brings, no matter what the weather forecast.”

 

The survey’s results are based on data compiled by the PRS in order to pay accurate royalties to its 60,000 composer, songwriter and music publisher members whenever their music is broadcast or publicly performed.

 

The full Top 10 is:

1. ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ – Johnny Nash (1972)

2. ‘Walking On Sunshine’ – Katrina & The Waves (1983)

3. ‘Summer Of ’69’ – Bryan Adams (1984)

4. ‘Sunny Afternoon’ – The Kinks (1966)

5. ‘The Boys Of Summer’ – Don Henley (1984)

6. ‘In The Summertime’ – Mungo Jerry (1970)

7. ‘Cruel Summer’ – Bananarama (1983)

8. ‘Summer Breeze’ – Seals & Crofts (1972); Isley Brothers (1974)

9. ‘Here Comes The Sun’ – The Beatles (1969)

10. ‘Summer Holiday’ – Cliff Richard (1963).


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