ARTIST: Dave Davies
TITLE: Hidden Treasures
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Death of a Clown (#3 UK), Susannah’s Still Alive (#20 UK), Lincoln County, Hold My Hand.
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Mindless Child of Motherhood, Funny Face, Love Me Till the Sun Shines (Kinks releases)
LINEUP: Dave Davies with the Kinks as backing band (Ray Davies, Mick Avory, and either Pete Quaife or John Dalton). Nicky Hopkins and other session players also contribute.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: After some solo singles, Davies was encouraged to record an album in the late 60’s. He had finished some tracks, but it never was released as a full record.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Dave Davies, the guitarist and foil to brother Ray in the Kinks, usually contributed a tune or two for each Kinks record. “Death of a Clown” became a hit as a solo single, and after a few other singles, the record company asked Dave to provide an album.
Not as prolific as his brother, Davies tracks slowly accumulated, but after a couple of singles missed the mark the record company dropped the idea, and even Davies himself was rather relieved.
Yet, the tracks are interesting and have value. Some show up on Kinks albums and B-sides, but some languished in the vault until various compilations came out of the woodwork. This one collects the album as it was proposed and other various Dave Davies tracks credited to the Kinks or solo.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Dave Davies wrote several tracks for his high school girlfriend, whose parents made them break up even though Susannah was with Dave’s child.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: This version is basically the deluxe version of the originally planned album.
GRADE: B: Dave’s contributions are underrated, as this collection shows.