The Kink Kontroversy (studio album) by The Kinks

The Kink Kontroversy by The Kinks
Year: 1965
Overall rank: 3,079th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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78/100 (from 182 votes)
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From 09/12/2021 07:57
This album has a few classic kinks songs and then the rest is just there to fill the rest of the time out. None of the other songs have those catchy, infectious choruses and just lack the usual kinks energy that will come on later albums. You can see the potential on the record though and so it is quite an important album to listen to as u can see the progression of the band. However, it won't challenge their greatest ever albums for the top spot and didn't really captivate me too much.
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From 06/06/2020 15:19
Much better album than the last two, although the second half lags a bit, bringing it down overall in quality.
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From 09/09/2017 21:28
Best Tracks: I Am Free, Where Have All The Good Times Gone
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From 09/16/2016 22:22
Best tracks: I'm On An Island, Where Have All The Good Times Gone and I am free. The rest are nothing to remember.
Next album would be a great step and Kink's first really good album.
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From 05/24/2016 16:02
The Kink Kontroversy, wraps up phase one of The Kinks. Much like the two preceding albums, Kontroversy, features a couple of cracking songs and then it's padded out with filler. There are eleven originals here, ten from Ray, one from Dave, and one last rock'n'roll cover, milk cow blues. Best songs without a doubt are, til the end of the day, and, where have all the good times gone, the rest is just about ok. So, that's the first chapter over, next time the band would finally deliver on the album front.
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From 01/24/2015 21:58
Best Track: Where Have All The Good Times Gone
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From 05/25/2013 19:33
The Kinks' classic 1965 album "The Kink Kontroversy" has now also been released in a deluxe edition. The original mono album comprises CD 1 while CD 2 is an exciting mix of singles, demos, outtakes and BBC liverecordings.

The original album ought not require a detailed presentation, one can only affirm that it is one of the most important early Kinks albums; not least because of strong songs like "To the End of The Day", "I'm on an Island, "Where Have All The Good Times Gone" and "Ring the Bells"

The same raw unpolished sound that characterizes the album is present on the contemporary single-tracks "Dedicated Follwer of Fashion," "Sitting On My Sofa" and "I'm Not Like Everubody Else" - all three well-known Kinks classics which are all included on CD 2 .

"Mr. Reporter" was at a certain point considered for Dave Davies never released solo album, but here you have a fine version with Ray Davies as lead singer.

Alternative versions of "Dedicated Follwer of Fashion" and "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" are found too - especially the former is very interesting.

"Time Will Tell" is a nice out-take, which probably never got the final touch - could easily have fitted the original album.

"And I Will Love You" is an unreleased EP number, which also sounds a little unfinished and sonically more would fit into "Kinda Kinks"

"All Night Stand" is a demo of a fine little song that was never used for any release.

Second half of the CD are BBC liverecordings, of which two have not been previously released.

All in all a nice release, where the sound is definitely better than on most previously issued CD versions of the album.
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From 07/24/2012 17:02
Kinks were sticking with their initial sound - this is not as fresh as The Kinks, and isn't as creative as their late 60s work. An easily overlooked album.
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From 04/09/2012 09:51
Great album. On my wants list.
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From 03/24/2012 05:30
but dedicated follower of fashion don't belong here!
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