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The Kitchen Tapes

by Ron Davies

22 Newly Released Acoustic Recordings from the writer of "It Ain't Easy”, featuring intricate melodies and cogent lyrics performed by the late artist himself - 21 of which have never been heard before. Listens well to the very last song... try the clips!
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sittin' On Top of the Clouds
3:13 $0.99
2. If I Ever Settle Down
2:33 $0.99
3. Let's Call in Sane
3:16 $0.99
4. This Time With You
2:40 $0.99
5. I Got Your Love
2:53 $0.99
6. Buyin' On Time
3:03 $0.99
7. Nice and Easy
2:27 $0.99
8. I Only Have Eyes for You
3:16 $0.99
9. Mixin' With the Rain
3:41 $0.99
10. My Heart Won't Let Go
2:29 $0.99
11. Gold and Silver
3:07 $0.99
12. So Long Old Friend
2:29 $0.99
13. It's the Way You Do
2:40 $0.99
14. Home from the Sea
3:01 $0.99
15. Hold That Train
4:25 $0.99
16. Up in the Canyon
2:16 $0.99
17. Bells of Belfast
3:38 $0.99
18. Where Are You Tonight
2:18 $0.99
19. Falling Out of Love
3:18 $0.99
20. Since I Don't Have You
2:58 $0.99
21. No Regrets
3:17 $0.99
22. Au Revoir
4:10 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Kitchen Tapes is a compilation of 22 songs written and performed acoustically by the late Ron Davies, best known for having penned "It Ain't Easy" for David Bowie's album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and "Long Hard Climb" for Helen Reddy. His discography is a Who's Who of iconic artists including Long John Baldry, Joe Cocker, Dave Edmunds, Claudia Lennear, Three Dog Night and The Raconteurs, but these recordings don't even scratch the surface of Ron Davies' incredible music catalog. During his lifetime (1946 to 2003), Ron wrote more than 500 songs - amazingly intricate melodies with meaningful lryics. These newly-released recordings not only showcase his ability as a writer, but also as a singer and master guitarist. Ron's music has been described as "sophisticated simplicity" and although it sounds natural and effortless, it is the culmination of a lifetime, working to perfect his craft.
Also included on these recordings is a special guest appearance by Ron's sister, country singer Gail Davies. This album was compiled and mastered by Rob Price and Gail Davies at LCP Studios in Nashville, TN.



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Alan Cackett

Ron Davies Kitchen Tapes
As the title suggests, these are home-recorded songs, mainly just Ron’s voice and guitar, with occasional harmony vocals and the addition of Dobro or slide guitar, to produce a very personal somewhat melancholic mood. The result is an album built around one core and essential element: great songwriting. Ron possessed the kind of soulful edgy voice that the mostly soul-laced material calls for. His casual, drawling way of singing lends itself to the late-night blue-hued vibe of This Time With You. Sparse Dobro sets the scene for Mixin’ With The Rain as Ron, in his lower register gets raspy and deliciously dangerous; in the upper taut and insistent. My Heart Won’t Let Go -has echoes of early Willie Nelson, circa 1962, both in his Ron’s vocal phrasing and the confessional lyrics.
Gail Davies duets on the wondrous Falling Out Of Love, the pair’s Everly-styled harmonies, the simple reflective song and acoustic-laced arrangement are all quite refreshing. There’s a great Jimmie Rodgers’ vibe to Where You Been Tonight, at any moment I expected Ron to break out into a ‘blue yodel,’ he comes close as his voice almost cracks into a ragged falsetto. He wrote So Long Old Friend for his writing and drinking buddy Townes Van Zandt, shortly after the Texas troubadour passed away. Deeply heartfelt and intrinsically personal, this is another laid-back gem: Pure Ron Davies; bluesy and heartfelt, but very accessible. Being of a certain age, I easily related to Home From The Sea, a softly sung reflective ballad about a rich and busy life full of great memories that can be recalled at anytime by an older man who’s ready to put down roots. Gail steps in to add harmonies to Hold That Train, an old-school country tale with more than a hint of the Louvins or the Delmores.
There are so many other great songs in this 22-track collection that showcase Ron Davies’ creative songwriting and rootsy delivery. There are a lot of artists with little talent, who’ve got a lot of credits. Ron Davies had a lot of talent, but little credits. This a quiet gem that grows and grows in stature with repeated playing. Upon peeling back the surface layers, one finds that Ron Davies was indeed an artist with his own one-of-a-kind voice set inside songs that explore his own compelling life’s story. As an avid listener of great music, I can never ask or want for anything more than that.