Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My Absolutely Last Swear-to-God-I-Really-Mean-It Post About "Waterloo Sunset"

Fast forward through the brief interview footage and go directly to the performance.

Words fail me.

Seriously -- why haven't the Brits knighted Ray Davies already? Screw that, why haven't they nationalized him?

[h/t Laura G.]


Gardner said...

The little stop time at the end, followed by the acoustic break, followed by the sublimity of the massed coda:

I am in paradise.

Thanks for this, Steve.

Sal Nunziato said...

Seriously, there is no need to ever stop posting about "Waterloo Sunset." Ever! You hear me?!

TMink said...

Wow, I would not have dreamed that this version would be so lovely. Wow, way to go Ray!!!!


Anonymous said...

One of the Greatest Things I've Ever Seen: Ray was promoting his book a few years back, and played an acoustic set at the Old South Meeting House, a small, revolution-era church in downtown Beantown. He told stories, and TOOK REQUESTS, and was only a few feet away! (I totally swooned when he played this...)And then laternhe gave me a thumbs-up, but that's another story... = bill buckner

dmark said...

Still rocking. Saw him a couple of months ago in Madison.

Jonny said...

I don't mind if this isn't your last Waterloo Sunset post. It's an amazing song; thanks for sharing this killer arrangement.

Out of interest, have you heard the Def Leppard version? It lacks the understated beauty of the original, but I like it. I think they managed to give the song a completely different take.

buzzbabyjesus said...

Who gets tired of talking about "Waterloo Sunset" or the Kinks?

Brooklyn Girl said...

Just for comparison's sake:


TMink said...

Nice contrast BG. I spent a few on you tube looking for a rival, and the one with the choir is still my favorite. Peter Gabriel's is OK, but the jaunty melody is somewhat missing, and that contrast with the lonely lyrics is key for me.

Bowie's version sucks! And the Jam try to turn it into a power pop song and the song suffers IMO.


GLLinMO said...

Tough to tire of anything Rad Davies does. Keep this stuff coming.

Anonymous said...

That son-of-a-bitch can still break my heart every time he sings that song!