Wise beyond his years, Davies is already somewhat disillusioned by it all. He manages to slip in references to both the Rolling Stones " Time was on my side and I had everything to gain " and the Beatles " Yesterday was such an easy game for you to play " while summoning up his inner Dylan once again in one of his best lyrics. The record ends with the nasty "You Can't Win," which features some great guitar work from Dave. All in all, The Kink Kontroversy showed the Kinks were no one-trick pony, and Ray's writing had expanded both lyrically and musically.
Though released a few weeks prior to the Beatles' Rubber Soul , the album wouldn't be available in the U. In the meantime, Davies and company continued releasing a highly impressive batch of singles — all leading up to their first true masterpiece, Face to Face.
Home News. Advanced Search. Release Date November, Track Listing. Milk Cow Blues. Sleepy John Estes. Ring the Bells. Ray Davies. Gotta Get the First Plane Home. I Am Free. Till the End of the Day. The World Keeps Going Round. I'm on an Island. It's Too Late. What's in Store for Me. You Can't Win. The Kink Kontroversy is the third studio album by English rock band the Kinks , released on 26 November in the United Kingdom and in March in the United States, where it was the first American Kinks album to feature an identical tracklist to its UK counterpart.
It is a transitional work, with elements of both the earlier Kinks' styles heavily blues-influenced songs such as " Milk Cow Blues " and variations on the band's hits from — such as " Till the End of the Day " and early indications of the future direction of Ray Davies ' songwriting styles "The World Keeps Going Round" and "I'm On an Island". The liner notes were written by Michael Aldred. The album's title is a mocking reference to the notorious reputation the band had developed over the previous year, including onstage fights and concert riots in Europe, which led to a ban on the group's concerts in the US.
All songs written and composed by Ray Davies , except where noted. The single "Till the End of the Day" was a major hit, reaching 8 in the UK  and 50 in the US, spending eight weeks or more in each chart. Allmusic praised the album as the Kinks' coming-of-age, commenting that their raw early material was being replaced by more thoughtful and sophisticated songs. American indie rock band Sleater-Kinney used the same album cover layout as an homage for their album Dig Me Out.
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