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The Kinks' Dave Davies shares details about upcoming deluxe 'Lola Versus Powerman' reissue

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Kinks lead guitarist Dave Davies has revealed some details about a 50th anniversary reissue of the band’s 1970 album Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One that’s being prepared for release later this year.

Dave tells ABC Audio that his brother, Kinks frontman Ray Davies, finished mixing the collection, which will feature various unreleased bonus tracks, including demos, odd mixes and more.

Dave reveals that one interesting highlight of the deluxe reissue is a section dubbed “The Kitchen Sink Tapes” that features recently recorded conversations between Ray and him discussing various songs from the album.

“It’s stuff we recorded before this weird pandemic thing,” he explains. “We met up at Ray’s house, and we just [had an] impromptu kind of conversation, [talking] about ‘Ape Man’ and what ‘Lola’ meant to us and how it came about, and how the ideas for ‘Strangers’ were born.”

Davies also reports that the Lola Versus Powerman reissue will include some demos of the song “Lola” that Ray recorded at his house, and an unreleased demo of the Dave-penned gem “Strangers.”

Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One was released in November 1970. The record featured the enduring hit “Lola,” which peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the U.K. singles chart. A second single, “Apeman,” only reached #45 on the Hot 100, but was a #5 hit in the U.K.

Meanwhile, Dave tells ABC Audio that he and Ray still haven’t got any concrete plans to release the new music that they’ve worked on together during the past few years.

“We’ve been talking about it,” he reports. “And we’re getting together [soon] with a view to maybe peruse stuff that we got and see if maybe we can and maybe we can’t. And we’ll see.”

By Matt Friedlander
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