Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Kinks- The "Club Vegas" Session

There are only a couple of bands that I haven't seen live (that are technically still active) that I would "kill" to see. As a reader of TDIT you know my all-time favourite bands are the Replacements, Young Fresh Fellows (of course!) and the Kinks. I saw the Fellows twice and I had the opportunity to see Paul Westerberg (sans the Mats) in Minneapolis for a hometown show. The closest I ever came to seeing the Kinks was Ray Davies at the Winnipeg Folk Festival a few years ago. Sure he played a set filled with Kinks' classics, but it was acoustic, with no band and though I felt I was in the presence of greatness, it didn't quite match my expectations of the "real" Kinks. For years, there have been rumours of some kind of Kinks reunion with at least Ray and Dave, but I shouldn't get my hopes too high, but you never know...I'll be there if it happens!

Today's post is an interesting recording, it's not quite a live concert and the information I've found indicates it's probably a rehearsal for a Kinks tour in the early 90's. It's a live session in the studio with songs given some interesting interpretations and different arrangements. There are instrumentals, incomplete songs and some songs played with a loose "lounge-Vegas" vibe to them that makes for a listening experience that you won't find on record. If you're a fan of the Kinks, you'll love this (if you don't have this already), but if you've never listened to the Kinks, maybe start with a greatest hits album and their late sixties stuff first, then you'll get the humour of this.

"Club Vegas" Session
Live at The Kinks' North London Konk Studios

01 Club Vegas Intro
02 Catch Me Now I'm Falling/Tired of Waiting
03 Dedicated Follower Of Fashion
04 I'm Not Like Everybody Else (Dave)
05 Now And Then
06 Victoria
07 Hard Way
08 I'm Not Like Everybody Else (Instrumental)
09 Come Dancing (Partly Instr.)
10 Till The End Of The Day (Partly Instr.)
11 Top Of The Pops (Instr.)
12 Tired Of Waiting (Partly Instr.)
13 Set Me Free (Mainly Instr.)
14 Well Respected Man
15 Muswell Hillbilly
16 Have A Cuppa Tea (Partly Instr.)
17 Uncle Son
18 Sunny Afternoon
19 Dead End Street
20 David Watts
21 "Satisfaction"Jam (brief intro)
22 Autumn Allmanac
23 Around The Dial (Partly Instr.)
24 Low Budget
25 Welcome To Sleazy Town
26 Stat Of Confusion (Partly Instr.)
27 Superman (Partly Instr.)
28 Superman/Destroyer (Partly Instr.)

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