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Ray Davies (the A-Side)

Mastertapes, Series 1 Episode 9 of 14

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 27 November 2012

John Wilson continues with his new series in which he talks to leading performers and songwriters about the album that made them or changed them. Recorded in front of a live audience at the BBC's iconic Maida Vale Studios. Each edition includes two episodes, with John initially quizzing the artist about the album in question, and then, in the B-side, the audience puts the questions. Both editions feature exclusive live performances.

Programme 5, A-side. "Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround, Part One" & "Muswell Hillbillies" - Ray Davies goes back to the early 1970s and the making of two classic Kinks albums. Marking a period of transition for the group (as they left one British record label for an American one), both were concept albums, tackling such broad themes as corruption within the music industry and the destruction of old communities via urban regeneration. In a revealing interview, Ray Davies considers the power of the lyric and the importance of place in his song-writing. He also performs exclusive live versions of songs from the two albums.

Producer: Paul Kobrak.

  • The B-Side

    The audience asks Ray Davies about The Kinks' albums Lola and Muswell Hillbillies.


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Paul Weller at Maida Vale Studios

Watch and listen to exclusive live performances from the Mastertapes recordings.


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