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Ray's studio chat with The Boss

Ray Davies has revealed that most of the time he and Bruce Springsteen were in the studio together was spent chatting.

The Kinks frontman's latest album is a greatest hits of sorts, although instead of merely compiling songs from The Kinks's illustrious back catalogue, he's chosen some of the biggest names in music - and some of his favourite artists - to collaborate on new versions of the classics.

The album's opener Better Days, for example, sees Bruce Springsteen lend his unmistakable growl to proceedings.

"I'm proud of every track, because of the logistics and issues associated with each - getting anyone in a room was hard enough." said Ray. "The one with Bruce, I especially love, because it came from just jamming in the studio.

"He came to London and we just played, me acoustic and he sang - it was great.

"I'd love to write with Bruce again. We had some downtime and I was playing something I'd written on the piano, and he came over with his electric guitar and joined in. He said, 'Get that worked out for next time I'm here and we'll record it'.

"I've always been a huge admirer of Bruce's work, but in the afternoon we spent together, only 45 minutes of which was recording, we talked and talked, and I found out he's a big fan of mine too, so that was lovely."

Other guests on the album include Mumford And Sons, Jon Bon Jovi and the late Alex Chiltern of Big Star.

:: Ray Davies's new album See My Friends is out now. He performs at London's Royal Festival Hall on Sunday, December 19.

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