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Ray Davies, Hammersmith Apollo

Ray Davies, Hammersmith Apollo

Ray Davies replaces Kinks with Crouch End Festival Chorus

God save Ray Davies, the kindred spirit of William Blake

Ray Davies, that old curmudgeon, has said he’s not keen on touring alone since the demise of The Kinks. But he’s sorted that out for the moment by choosing to play alongside 45 new people – the members of the Crouch End Festival Chorus, with whom Davies has decided to reinterpret his hits. You’d think this could be undiluted lift-music hell: the Mike Sammes Singers trample everything you love. But though the album, named The Kinks Choral Collection as if the rest of the band are on it, is occasionally silly, the live result was wildly uplifting.

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