On this one of a kind album, Ray collaborates with a stellar selection of artists on tracks from his incredible songwriting career, revisiting his back catalog and crafting new versions of his classic songs. Everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Metallica features on this diverse collection of material.
“This project came about almost by accident,” says Davies of the project, which was kick-started when he recorded a version of ‘Till The End Of The Day’ in summer of 2009, with the late, great, Big Star singer Alex Chilton.
“With some tracks I had to appreciate the style of the other artists, otherwise it would have sounded unbalanced. And I wanted the album to work as an entire listening experience but each track had a life of its own,” explains Ray.
Ray was happy to go where the music took him, in every sense: Oslo to record with Metallica, New York to record with Jon Bon Jovi, New Jersey for Bruce Springsteen, and his own north London base, the legendary KONK studios, for much of the rest. “This record is well-travelled already,” explains Ray.
Artists collaborating with Ray on the new See My Friends album:
- Bruce Springsteen
- Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora
- Mumford & Sons
- Lucinda Williams
- The 88
- Paloma Faith
- Jackson Browne
- Alex Chilton
- Amy Macdonald
- Black Francis
- Gary Lightbody
- Billy Corgan
Check out behind-the-scenes videos of Ray working with Metallica, Mumford & Sons, Bon Jovi and more: http://www.seemyfriends.co.uk/videos.php
Ray Davies: See My Friends Radio Special, exclusively on Rock104.com.