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Davies, Dave - 1980 AFL1-3603



ARTIST: Davies, Dave
ALBUM: AFL1-3603
LABEL: RCA
SERIAL: AFL1-3603
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 2005, Koch (USA) * 2008, BMG (Japan), BVCM-35255

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Dave Davies - vocals, guitars, keyboards, percussion, bass * Ron Lawrence - bass * Nick Trevisick - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Where Do You Come From * 02 Doing The Best For You * 03 Visionary Dreamer * 04 Nothing More To Lose * 05 The World Is Changing Hands * 06 Move Over * 07 See The Beast * 08 Imaginations Real * 09 In You I Believe * 10 Run

WEBLINKS: www.davedavies.com


Background
The man who gave us the monumental power chords of 'You Really Got Me', and defined the sound of British rock legends The Kinks for three decades, guitarist Dave Davies released his first solo album 'AFL1-3603' in 1980, the title taken from the LP's catalog number. It wasn't the first time Davies had ventured out on his own. Since the mid-60's he had released the occasional single, all of which went nowhere for standard 'biz' reasons. Of course unless you have been living in a cave, the story of The Kinks should be well known and while Dave sometimes lived under the shadow of his brother and band mate Ray Davies, his contributions to the band are huge, influencing numerous guitar players, including not surprisingly Eddie Van Halen.


The Songs
Those of you familiar with The Kinks might think, 'well, what's this doing here?' since the band could never be considered AOR in the traditional sense, but like all good side projects, a solo album is designed to try out different ideas and create a musical voice of one's own and Davies certainly did that here. This is a melodic rock album, very similar to David Gilmour's brilliant 'About Face' for lack of a better comparison. In other words, like Gilmour's escape from the doom and gloom of Pink Floyd, Davies succeeds in creating a different sound from the band that made him famous. This album is filled with choice tracks from the opening Blue Oyster Cult influenced 'Where Do You Come From' to the infectious pop of 'Visionary Dreamer' there isn't a weak spot on this unusually titled record making for a very satisfying listen.


In Summary
The critics panned 'AFL-3603' at the time, complaining that the album was far too 'mainstream' and lacking in character. What did they know? 26 years later, I still think this is a damn fine album which I like to give a spin every once in a while. Unfortunately, I think too few AOR fans are aware of its existence, but this can be rectified since it's recently been reissued on CD, leaving no one any excuses not to own a copy.


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#1 | super80boy on September 18 2016 17:39:58
I also give this a spin from time to time and every time I'm struck on how consistently great this album is. 'Doing The Best For You' is outstanding with Dave's exceptional guitar skills in full effect and there's a parping keyboard. More top guitar work coupled with a catchy chorus is found in 'Nothin' More To Lose'. Clearly Dave wasn't just the guitar player in the Kinks, there's much more, seek this out if you haven't already done so.
 
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