Dave Davies shares his 14 favorite tracks from across the Kinks’ two classic early ‘70s records

Dave Davies
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For Kinks guitarist Dave Davies, revisiting the seminal British band’s 1971 album, Muswell Hillbillies, and 1972’s Everybody’s in Show-Biz with his brother – vocalist/guitarist Ray Davies – for a recently released pair of box sets was a tiring yet eye-opening endeavor. “I’ve never subjected myself to so much Kinks music in such a short space of time,” he says. “It made me realize how hard we worked. I couldn’t do it like that now. Touring schedules are really hard work.”

The process also gave him a chance to revisit the start of the band’s most experimental era of music making. In the early '70s, the Kinks were going on months-long stretches of touring the globe and enjoying immense popularity off hits such as You Really Got Me, Lola, Apeman and Sunny Afternoon

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Joshua M. Miller

Josh is a freelance journalist who has spent the past dozen or so years interviewing musicians for a variety of publications, including Guitar World, GRAMMY.com, SPIN, Chicago Sun-Times, MTV News, Rolling Stone and American Songwriter. He credits his father for getting him into music. He's been interested in discovering new bands ever since his father gave him a list of artists to look into. A favorite story his father told him is when he skipped a high school track meet to see Jimi Hendrix in concert. For his part, seeing one of his favorite guitarists – Mike Campbell – feet away from him during a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers concert is a special moment he’ll always cherish.