Saturday, October 2, 2010

Hear Metallica cover The Kinks

Told you recently about the upcoming tribute disc, “See My Friends,” an album of classic Kinks songs recorded by Ray Davies in tandem with other artists (see original story here).

Ray is working with everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Bon Jovi to Billy Corgan on the new set, due for release on November 1.

Ray redid “You Really Got Me” with Metallica, and audio of the track has just surfaced; before you check it out, here’s some background…

“About a year ago, we had the honor of playing with Ray Davies at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary concert in New York,” Metallica posted on their website. “It was the first time we had ever met Ray, and was definitely one of the highlights of our night. Fast forward a few months to the tuning room before the show in Oslo on April 14 and there we were recording with Ray!!! How cool is that?”

Ray Davies with Metallica – recording You Really Got Me (partial)
Telenor Arena - Oslo, Norway – April 14, 2010

Metallica and Davies ended up laying down a new version of “You Really Got Me,” which they had also performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame show. “Turns out that Ray has been planning to put out a record of collaborations on classic Kinks songs with a wide variety of today’s musicians and, lo and behold, we were actually asked to be included in this stellar group spanning many genres and styles,” the band said.

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Metallica with Ray Davies – You Really Got Me (2010)