Blur/Gorillaz principal Damon Albarn, Lambchop, Yo La Tengo, Queens Of The Stone Age, Jonathan Richman, Fountains Of Wayne, and Bebel Gilberto are among the acts that have recorded Kinks covers for "T

Blur/Gorillaz principal Damon Albarn, Lambchop, Yo La Tengo, Queens Of The Stone Age, Jonathan Richman, Fountains Of Wayne, and Bebel Gilberto are among the acts that have recorded Kinks covers for "This Is Where I Belong: The Songs of Ray Davies & the Kinks," due April 2 from Rykodisc/Praxis Recordings. Davies wrote the liner notes for the set and appears on a duet with Albarn on the classic "Waterloo Sunset," taped during a 1996 U.K. TV appearance.

"At first glance, it looks as though the artists have made brave choices," Davies says in the liner notes. "Not gone for the obvious 'hit' songs but instead found some lesser known material that is a welcome surprise to me." Indeed, only four of the 16 tracks made an appearance on The Billboard Hot 100 in their original form: "Who'll Be the Next in Line" (No. 34), "Till the End of the Day" (No. 50), "Victoria" (No. 62), and "Better Things" (No. 92).

Among the highlights are Gilberto's sensual version of the Brazilian-leaning "No Return" (from 1968's "Something Else by the Kinks"), Josh Rouse's shimmering take on "A Well Respected Man" (from 1965's "Kinkdom"), and Yo La Tengo's soft, largely acoustic update of "Fancy" (from 1966's "Face to Face").

"This Is Where I Belong" is the second Kinks tribute to drop in the past few months, following "Give the People What We Want - Songs of the Kinks Performed by...," released last November by Sub Pop. That album was dominated by artists from the Pacific Northwest, including Mudhoney, the Fastbacks, and the Minus 5, who also appear on "This Is Where I Belong" covering "Get Back in Line."

Here is the tracklist for "This Is Where I Belong: The Songs of Ray Davies & the Kinks":

"Better Things," Fountains Of Wayne
"Starstruck," Steve Forbert
"Stop Your Sobbing," Jonathan Richman
"No Return," Bebel Gilberto
"A Well Respected Man," Josh Rouse
"Victoria," Cracker
"Who'll Be the Next in Line," Queens Of The Stone Age
"Big Sky," Matthew Sweet
"Art Lover," Lambchop
"Picture Book," Bill Lloyd and Tommy Womack
"Muswell Hillbilly," Tim O'Brien
"Get Back in Line," The Minus 5
"Till the End of the Day," Fastball
"This Is Where I Belong," Ron Sexsmith
"Fancy," Yo La Tengo
"Waterloo Sunset," Ray Davies and Damon Albarn (live, 1996)

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