Yes, yes, yes, it’s my autumn almanac

You are a huge fan of The Kinks.  Really.  Even if you haven’t realized it yet.

And while the band has been on a seemingly permanent hiatus, lead singer Ray Davies is bringing a handful of Kinks classics alive with the help of the 65-member Crouch End Festival Chorus in today’s new release, The Kinks Choral Collection

A lucky few can also enjoy these reinterpretations by Davies on a short tour getting underway this week that will also include an appearance on CBS’ “The Late Show with David Letterman” on November 18th.

Ray Davies

Ray Davies

Davies has been busy reconnecting with his fans over the last few years.  He released his first two studio solo albums, the excellent Other People’s Lives and Working Man’s Cafe

And now this album and tour allow Davies to re-introduce key songs from a deep catalog befitting the band that allmusic succintly refers to as “one of the most influential bands of the British Invasion”.

Billboard’s Gary Graff chatted with The Kinks’ leader for this feature and, in addition to a discussion of his current projects, Davies actually sheds light on very preliminary plans for The Kinks to potentially regroup and record their first music in nearly two decades.

Davies also opened up for a chat with Spinner, in which he decries the motivations of current musical hitmakers and reminisces about conducting rehearsal sessions for the new record at his boyhood school.

Do yourself a favor and get acquainted (or re-acquainted) with The Kinks by any means necessary.  If the choral pieces don’t grab you, then go straight to the source with The Kinks’ Singles Collection.  Ultimately, even this is just a primer to the discography of one of the greatest bands of all-time.

And as for Ray Davies, the man is quite simply a living legend.  He may not have the aura of McCartney or Jagger, but he is the real deal.  Don’t miss out while he’s still in fine form.

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~ by acm213 on November 10, 2009.

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