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Victor Davies

  • 1. Sound of the Samba
    2. Better Place
    3. Runaway Train
    4. Spirit
    5. Take It or Leave It
    6. One Thing
    7. Lady Luck
    8. I'm Just Me
    9. Blues for You
    10. Winnie's Song
    11. Brother
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): GIGOLO 010

  • Credits
    ProducerVictor Davies

    Personnel includes: Victor Davies (vocals, various instruments); Nathan Haines (flute); Adrian Moody (tenor saxophone); Joe Holveger (flugelhorn); Loretta Heywood (background vocals).
    Personnel: Victor Davies (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, electric piano, bass guitar, percussion); Merrilyn Baer (violin); Sam Cooke (flute, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Nathan Haines (flute); Loretta Heywood (background vocals).
    Photographer: Peter Muller.
    Arranger: Victor Davies.
    The words singer/songwriter rarely appear within the genre of dance music, which is probably why Victor Davies sounds so refreshing and new, despite the fact that he is working in the classic '70s folk-funk template laid down by artists like Roy Ayers and Terry Callier. In essence, Davies' debut album on JCR (Jazzanova Compost Recordings) sounds like the template music that jazz-dub heavyweights Jazzanova and Kruder & Dorfmeister rebuilt into their '90s beat-fetish likeness of the original. But Davies' stellar vocals and melodies that walk the line between classic and clich create a strangely comforting and familiar place where the grown-up children of '70s soul-schmaltz fusion can grasp at a nostalgia lying just out of reach. "One Thing" centers around a country-folk guitar that could have been snagged from the Black Crowes, or better yet, Led Zeppelin. "Spirit" takes the marshmallow pop influence of "Afternoon Delight" and brings it to just the hip side of easy listening. The opener, "Sound of the Samba," begins as a melancholy tribute to the Latin festivals before a theatrical tempo shift brings the listener into the middle of the Caribbean disco carnival Davies is singing about. Unafraid of the commitment required to make a truly inspired song, Davies demonstrates why, despite the academic illusion to the contrary, a sampler is no match for an artist with a gold-stringed guitar and honey-coated voice. ~ Joshua Glazer

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (12/01, p.130) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Scatters optimism and words of love with every hazy lullaby....Davis' caressing tones could sell sunshine to an Australian..."
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