In a video interview with Channel 4 at the time Ray said: “The trouble is, the two remaining members, my brother Dave and Mick never really got along very well. But I made that work in the studio – it fired me up to make them play harder and with fire.
“So if I can recapture those moments… I’ve got some great Kinks tunes in my head.”
And in a new interview with Rolling Stone, Dave has given further insight into what the pair have been up to recently.
He says: “The songs are really just in demo form now – but good demos. Ray is still dissecting various other material we might use. The intention is to get the work out, but it’s not a done deal.”
They’ve also been working on the 50th anniversary edition of their Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire) album which is pencilled in for an October release.
Dave says: “That’s virtually done. It’s a really interesting package that’s going to have other songs from that time period like my solo track Hold My Hand.”
In bringing the package together, Dave reports they’ve stumbled across many other songs in their archive which have never been released but admits that some of it “needs a bit of work.”
Rolling Stone say that Ray has been adding touches to some of those older tracks while also working on new material, while Avory drums on a selection of songs, with the trio joined in the studio by bassist Bob Henrit.
As for a possible tour, Dave says: “It’s not out of the question. But at this stage, it’s far too early to say. It would be fun though, wouldn’t it?”
Speculation about a possible Kinks reunion was thought more likely in recent years after Ray made a guest appearance at Dave’s solo show in December 2015, performing the classic track You Really Got Me.
The pair had previously ended their two-decade feud by meeting and playing music together in 2014, which came after the death of original bassist Pete Quaife in 2010.
Jim Rodford who played bass with the band until 1996 died at the age of 76 last year.
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- The Kinks - Spotlight On The Kinks - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £20.00, $25.20, €23.60 (New Item) (arrived 25-May-2022 14:45)on May 28, 2022 at 1:48 pm
THE KINKS Spotlight On The Kinks (1981 UK 24-track double vinyl LP - a fantastic collection of tracks from the iconic group, featuring the tracks You Really Got Me, All Day And All Of The Night, Dedicated Follower Of Fashion and Waterloo Sunset. Housed in a single glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve shows edge and ring wear whilst the vinyl is in excellent condition with just the odd light scuff which have no affect on play SPOT1009)
- The Kinks - Are The Village Green Preservation Society - Italian - picture disc LP - £30.00, $37.80, €35.40 (New Item) (arrived 01-Apr-2022 12:33)on May 28, 2022 at 1:48 pm
THE KINKS Are The Village Green Preservation Society (2003 Italian pressed UK issue limited edition 15-track vinyl PICTURE DISC, originally released in 1968, this album is a work of witty existentialist reflections of British lifestyle,featuring a splendid collection of songs that sound fresher than any contemporary British pop tunes today, presented clear hype-stickered PVC sleeve)
- The Kinks - Soap Opera - VG+ - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $25.20, €23.60 (New Item) (arrived 20-Mar-2022 10:17)on May 28, 2022 at 1:48 pm
THE KINKS Soap Opera (1975 UK orange label 12-track LP, housed in a matte gatefold picture sleeve with lyrics inside. The sleeve [VG+] shows a few small residual sticker marks to the front with the odd faint internal crease & the vinyl still looks barely played. Overall, an Excellent example SF8411)
- The Kinks - Face To Face - 1st - VG - UK - vinyl LP - £150.00, $189.00, €177.00 (New Item) (arrived 23-Mar-2022 12:16)on May 28, 2022 at 1:48 pm
THE KINKS Face To Face (1966 UK 14-track mono LP, front laminated flipback picture sleeve. The sleeve is easily Excellent with no concerns other than the faintest spot of age wear. The vinyl grades VG/VG+ & is a lovely example with some lighthairlines & the odd faint patch of cosmetic wear not interfering with play. Due to the superior quality of the sixties vinyl pressing, there is no major deterioration in sound quality & this one owner copy plays cleanly without any problems. Recommended NPL18149)
- The Kinks - Kinks - 1st - VG - UK - vinyl LP - £95.00, $119.70, €112.10 (New Item) (arrived 23-Mar-2022 12:40)on May 28, 2022 at 1:48 pm
THE KINKS Kinks (Rare 1964 UK 14-track MONO LP including You Really Got Me and Stop Your Sobbing, front laminated flipback picture sleeve. The sleeve is graded as VG with wear to the opening edge, light laminate creasing and a little discolouration to the reverse. The vinyl is graded VG with the spindle marks around the centre with the previous owner's name carefully written on the labels and some light hairlines/scuffs on the playing surface. A nice VG copy of this rare Kinks original at a very advantageous price! NPL18096)