My dear friend  Patrick Moore, a retired Inspector with the London Metropolitan Police (Scotland Yard) as well as a guitarist and keen music fan, writes,”My personal and professional experience of Sir Ray Davies was his being cantankerous and willfully contrary (though I still love the Kinks‘ music). As a Londoner, I think they produced the best collection of ‘London songs’...”

Patrick’s  assessment of Sir Ray notwithstanding, the relative importance of The Kinks as somewhat less than The Who and Small Faces may be a prevailing one for the UK,  at least in the US the band’s import musically is absolutely seminal. This inspired me to share one of several classic rock conversations I’ve had with Sir Ray Davies about the essential band, The Kinks’ early  years, and their musical legacy.  –Redbeard KINKS-SANLP11394-Large