The Kinks’ Dave Davies reflects on kindness and childlike memories on his previously unreleased song “Cradle to the Grave.” The track serves as a preview for his new archival album Decade, out October 12th.
“Remember the time when you fell in the lake? / I dragged you out; how funny it seems to think on it now,” the guitarist belts over a blend of folky acoustic strums and distorted leads. “God bless my folks for their birthday card / It’s magic to live around cheerful faces; it warms my heart.”
A sort of sequel to 2011’s Hidden Treasures, which explored the songwriter’s solo material from the 1960s, Decade collects 13 unreleased songs spanning 1971 to 1979. Davies recorded these cuts years prior to his first solo LP, 1980’s AFL1-3603, but they remained “under beds, in attics, in storage” until his sons Simon and Martin discovered them. The songs have now been properly mixed and mastered for Decade, which is available to pre-order.
“I am so pleased that after all this time these tracks are being released to see the light of day,” Davies said in a statement. “These songs have been silently nagging at me to be recognized all these years. At last I can proudly present this album Decade to the world. I do hope you all enjoy the music.”
Davies plans to tour in early 2019, though he’s yet to announce specific dates.
Dave Davies – Decade Track List
1. “Cradle to the Grave”
2. “Midnight Sun”
4. “If You Are Leaving”
5. “Web of Time”
6. “Mystic Woman”
7. “Give You All My Love”
8. “The Journey”
9. “Within Each Day”
10. “Same Old Blues”
11. “Mr. Moon”
13. “This Precious Time (Long Lonely Road)”