The legendary Dave Davies of the Kinks recently announced plans for a new solo release, Decade, bringing together some previously unheard solo recordings that he recorded at various points in the 1970s. Davies previewed the LP with a song called “Cradle to the Grave,” and he’s since followed that up with a second track pulled from the record. Pre-order the album now at this link.
“Same Old Blues” is a funky mid-tempo number that was recorded in 1978 at the Kinks’ recording studio, but didn’t exist in fully fleshed-out form until now.
Stream it below:
“I am so pleased that after all this time these tracks are being released to see the light of day,” Davies said of Decade. “These songs have been silently nagging at me to be recognized all these years. At last I can proudly present this album Decade to the world. I do hope you all enjoy the music.”
More details on the album, from the press release:
Years prior to the issue of his first “proper” solo album, 1980’s AFL1-3603, Davies was working on the fascinating tracks that make up Decade. The tapes were unearthed by his sons Simon and Martin from “under beds, in attics, in storage,” and properly mixed and mastered in a way that lets these songs shimmer and shine even brighter than they did at inception. Any album recorded over the span of 10 years runs the risk of ending up wildly erratic in tone and style, and yet, Dave’s Decade is surprisingly cohesive, the songs working together beautifully as songs on great albums do.
The period 1973 to 1975 saw The Kinks make the move into their own recording studio, Konk, which Davies took a major role in setting up and developing. “I’m always really into the sound, and the mixes, and gadgets…” writes Davies. “I was able to go in, and make what I thought were demos—these recordings.”
The album’s track listing:
1. “Cradle to the Grave”
2. “Midnight Sun”
4. “If You Are Leaving”
5. “Web of Time”
6. “Mystic Woman”
7. “Give You All My Love”
8. “The Journey”
9. “Within Each Day”
10. “Same Old Blues”
11. “Mr. Moon”
13. “This Precious Time (Long Lonely Road)”