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Friday, October 27, 2006 |
( 10/27/2006 01:48:00 PM ) Bill S.
"YOU'VE COME A LONG WAY FROM THE RUNNY-NOSED AND SCRUFFY KID I KNEW." – Spent my lunch watching good ol' Ray Davies perform material from his "first ever solo album" and Kinks catalog (some surprising selections from the latter: "I'm Not Like Everybody Else," "Where Have All the Good Times Gone?" and Lola Versus Powerman And the Moneygoround's "A Long Way from Home:) on a recent Austin City Limits. Ray is his usual ingratiating self on this performance and the only disappointing song for me was his take on "Over My Head," the penultimate cut on Other People's Lives and a track that really spoke to me when I was (as the song has it) "totally stressed." The band was tight, if not as bracingly aggressive as the Kinks could be (on more than one occasion Ray mentioned missing brother Dave's "dog bark" guitar), but, hey, them days are gone. Swell to see ACL giving Davies the public teevee venue . . .