Thursday, November 25, 2021

Ray Davies - Return to Waterloo (1985)


Ray Davies - Return to Waterloo (1985)


Tracklist front / back album covers


"Intro" (0:56)

"Return to Waterloo" (4:40)

"Going Solo" (3:55)

"Missing Persons" (2:53)

"Sold Me Out" (3:19)

"Lonely Hearts" (3:05)

"Not Far Away" (4:23)

"Expectations" (4:06)

"Voices in the Dark (End Title)" (4:22)

Tracks 3, 4 and 5 had been previously featured on the Kinks' 1984 album Word of Mouth in minimally different takes/mixes



Ray Davies Band Members / Musicians

Ray Davies – vocals, guitar, piano, synthesizer, sound effects

Ian Gibbons – keyboards, drum and percussion programming, backing vocals

Louisa Davies – vocals

Valerie Hollerman – spoken word

Jim Rodford – bass guitar, backing vocals

Mick Avory – drums

Robert Henrit – drums, percussion

John O'Donnell – percussion



Return to Waterloo is the debut solo album by Kinks' leader and chief songwriter Ray Davies. Three of the tracks on the album release were also available in near-identical form on The Kinks' 1984 release Word of Mouth. All of The Kinks appear on the album with the exception of Dave Davies. According to Ray Davies, Dave Davies refused to perform on the album. He later said, "Dave refused to play and so it had to be 'Ray Davies and members of the Kinks'. If he had worked with me on it, it would have been a great record, but he let me down."

An hour-long musical film, Return to Waterloo, was also written and directed by Davies, wherein instead of dialogue, the story is told through music and lyrics. The film features Tim Roth, Kenneth Colley, Valerie Holliman, Dominique Barnes, and (briefly) Ray Davies himself. One song which appears in the film but not on the soundtrack is "Ladder of Success".

Sir Raymond Douglas Davies, CBE (/ˈdeɪvɪz/ DAY-viz; born 21 June 1944) is an English singer, songwriter and musician. He was the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for The Kinks, which he led with his younger brother, Dave. He has also acted, directed and produced shows for theatre and television. He is often referred to as "the godfather of Britpop", though he disputes it. After the dissolution of the Kinks in 1996, Davies embarked on a solo career.




Ray Davies Band Members / Musicians


Solo albums

Return to Waterloo (1985)

The Storyteller (1998)

Other People's Lives (2006)

Working Man's Café (2007)

Americana (2017)

Our Country: Americana Act II (2018)


Collaborative albums

The Kinks Choral Collection (2009)

See My Friends (2010)


Compilation albums

Collected (2009)

Waterloo Sunset — The Very Best of The Kinks and Ray Davies (2012)

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