The Kinks Release Ray Davies’ Mix Of 1974 Studio Track “Money Talks”

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Seminal British Rock band The Kinks have revealed a new Ray Davies mix of the band’s 1974 studio track “Money Talks”. It has arrived digitally alongside a video and it is taken from the second part of their career-spanning anthology, The Journey Part 2 out November 17th, 2023 on BMG.

The new 2023 mix of this classic track is taken from The Kinks’ 1974 studio concept album Preservation Act 2, and has been mixed by Ray Davies and Matt Jaggar at Konk Studios in London.

Ray Davies says the track is about “moral decline” whereas Dave Davies comments:

Always amused me when we did it live. An exceptional song I think.

Drummer Mick Avory recalls:

I have memories of playing this song on the US tours in the 70s. It’s a good old stomper for the stage.

Following the release of The Journey – Part 1 in March this year, The Journey – Part 2, compiled by the band, will be available on 2CD, 2LP, Digital and HD Digital formats. The physical formats contain a booklet with band photos and track-by-track notes written by original members Ray Davies, Dave Davies and Mick Avory, sharing their memories of the time and weaving them into The Kinks’ story.

The Journey – Part 2 includes singles, B-sides, album tracks and, notably, six new Ray Davies mixes, three of which are previously unreleased live performances from the New Victoria Theatre, London in 1975.

Key songs featured on the new release include: “Lola,” “Sunny Afternoon,” “20th Century Man,” “Dedicated Follower Of Fashion,” “Till The End Of The Day,” “A Well Respected Man,” “See My Friends,” and “Everybody’s A Star (Starmaker).”

All tracks have been carefully remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Studios in LA, overseen by Andrew Sandoval.

Side 1

The World Around The Journeyman Starts To Crumble As His Life Is Turned Upside Down.

1.   Till The End Of The Day (1965)

2.   Preservation (1974)

3.   David Watts (1967)

4.   This Time Tomorrow (Alternate Take, 2020 Mix) (1970)

5.   A Well Respected Man (1965)

6.   Monica (1968)

7.   Scrapheap City (1974)

Side 2

The Journeyman Is Led Astray By Ghosts And A Dark Angel.

1.   Lola (1970)

2.   Sunny Afternoon (1966)

3.   Animal Farm (1968)

4.   Creeping Jean (1969) *

5.   Two Sisters (1967)

6.   See My Friends (1965)

7.   Money Talks (2023 Mix) (1974) **

Side 3

Our Journeyman Is Seduced By Those Ghosts And Demons Of The Underworld And Searches For His Lost Innocence.

1.   Rainy Day In June (1966)

2.   Dedicated Follower Of Fashion (1966)

3.   Where Are They Now? (2023 Mix) (1973) **

4.   Wicked Annabella (1968)

5.   Susannah’s Still Alive (1967) *

6.   20th Century Man (1971)

7.   Sitting By The Riverside (1968)

Side 4

Despair Turns To Elation As Journeyman Overcomes His Fear. Reunites With Old Friends.

1.   New Victoria Suite – Everybody’s A Star (Starmaker) (Live, 2023 Mix) (1975) **

2.   New Victoria Suite – Slum Kids (Live, 2023 Mix) (1975) **

3.   New Victoria Suite – (A) Face In The Crowd (Live, 2023 Mix) (1975) **

4.   Holiday Romance (1975)

5.   Big Sky (1968)

6.   God’s Children (1971)