Return to Waterloo

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For the 1985 film, see Return to Waterloo (film).
Return to Waterloo
Return to Waterloo - Ray Davies (1985 album).jpg
Studio album by Ray Davies
Released 1 July 1985
Genre Rock
Label Arista
Producer Ray Davies
Ray Davies chronology
Return to Waterloo
The Storyteller

Return to Waterloo is the debut solo album by Kinks' leader and chief songwriter Ray Davies. Three of the tracks on the album release were also available in near-identical form on The Kinks' 1984 release Word of Mouth. All of The Kinks appear on the album with the exception of Dave Davies. According to Ray Davies, Dave Davies refused to perform on the album.[1] He later said, "Dave refused to play and so it had to be 'Ray Davies and members of the Kinks'. If he had worked with me on it, it would have been a great record, but he let me down."[1]

An hour-long musical film, Return to Waterloo, was also written and directed by Davies, wherein instead of dialogue, the story is told through music and lyrics. The film features Tim Roth, Kenneth Colley, Valerie Holliman, Dominique Barnes, and (briefly) Ray Davies himself. One song which appears in the film but not on the soundtrack is "Ladder of Success".


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Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Ray Davies.

  1. "Intro" (0:56)
  2. "Return to Waterloo" (4:40)
  3. "Going Solo" (3:55)
  4. "Missing Persons" (2:53)
  5. "Sold Me Out" (3:19)
  6. "Lonely Hearts" (3:05)
  7. "Not Far Away" (4:23)
  8. "Expectations" (4:06)
  9. "Voices in the Dark (End Title)" (4:22)

Tracks 3, 4 and 5 had been previously featured on the Kinks' 1984 album Word of Mouth in minimally different takes/mixes.


  • Ray Davies – vocals, guitar, piano, synthesizer, sound effects
  • Ian Gibbons – keyboards, drum and percussion programming, backing vocals
  • Louisa Davies – vocals
  • Valerie Hollerman – spoken word
  • Jim Rodford – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Mick Avory – drums
  • Robert Henrit – drums, percussion
  • John O'Donnell – percussion


  1. ^ a b Hinman 2004, p. 266.
  • Hinman, Doug (2004). The Kinks: All Day and All of the Night: Day by Day Concerts, Recordings, and Broadcasts, 1961-1996. Backbeat Books. ISBN 978-0879307653.