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Dave Davies

Rippin Up New York City: Live at the City Winery

Review by Gary Hill

This live album from Dave Davies kind of features what you’d expect. I mean, it’s all cool no-frills rock. You get Davies solo pieces and songs he originally recorded with The Kinks. If you’ve ever heard Dave Davies, you’ll also expect the voice. He’s not a pretty singer, but rather a rocker with unpolished edges. Fans of Davies should find that this live set is exactly what they expect and want.

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Track by Track Review
Intro

This is literally just a short rather noisy rocking introduction. It’s less than a minute in length.

Rippin' up Time
Here we get a screaming hot rocker. The vocals aren’t really my thing, but they are what you expect from Davies. The guitar soloing and general jamming are great, though.
I'm Not Like Everybody Else
There is a punk rock edge to this screaming hot tune. The guitar soloing really sells it.
I Need You
Here’s another punky hard rocker with a lot of Kinks texture to it. It’s a strong cut overall.
Creepin' Jean
This is less punky. It’s fuzz laden and classy. It has some great slide guitar on it. It’s one of the most effective pieces here, as far as I’m concerned.
Suzannah’s Still Alive
Not a huge change, this is one that definitely is more tied to the old school Kinks sound.
See My Friend
Although this is definitely related to the rest, this piece is very much a psychedelic rocker. It’s melodic and trippy. It’s also one of the best cuts here.
Strangers
A mellower number, this has some psychedelia in the mix, too. I like this one, but not as much as the previous piece.
Flowers in the Rain

A piano based ballad, this is great stuff.

Front Room
Another rocker, this is one that’s more like The Kinks, too. It’s harder rocking, but not as furious as the first few songs here were.
King of Karaoke
This is one of the standouts. It’s a melodic rocker. It’s not the screaming hot kind of thing, but it’s not a ballad, either. It’s very tasty, too. This has a lot of classic rock quotes and name checks, too.
Death of a Clown
A bouncy 60s styled rocker, this is another classy piece. It’s very British. There’s an audience singalong.
Livin' on a Thin Line
Here we get another classic rocker.
Where Have All the Good Times Gone
I’ve always liked this song. It’s a solid rocker and this live take works quite well.
All Day and All of the Night
It might be an obvious choice, but this was always one of my favorite Kinks songs. This live take definitely does it justice. This thing really screams.
You Really Got Me

I guess it’s not possible to not like this song. That said, I prefer the previous one. This rendition is solid., though.

 
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