The Kinks: The Kink Kontroversy [Deluxe Edition]

The Kinks
The Kink Kontroversey
(Sanctuary Records)

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Siblings don’t always make great band mates but they often seem to make great music, which seems to be the case with Ray and Dave Davies of the Kinks.   By the time their third album, The Kink Kontroversy, came out in 1965, these two brothers were already known for their onstage fights and for being banned from touring in America.  The album represents a turning point in the band’s career and it’s just been rereleased in a deluxe edition featuring the original twelve tracks as well as a bonus disk with seventeen tracks of outtakes, interviews, and some rarities from the BBC.

The album itself may not be well-known by the average music fan but it contains some really varied and terrific tracks such as “Till The End Of The Day,” which retains some of that tight, heavy guitar sound that made the group famous.  It also features “Milk Cow Blues,” which is a classic, as well as songs like “I’m On A Island” and “I Am Free,” which give a hint toward the lyrical direction in which the band would soon be heading.  The bonus disk also has a few fantastic offerings such as two versions of “Dedicated Follower Of Fashion,” the demo of “All Night Stand,” and the highlight, a group of interviews and tracks including “A Well Respected Man” from BBC’s Top Of The Pops.

If you are not familiar with the Kinks’ early music, do yourself a favor and check out this release.  These are the kind of tunes that are just one Wes Anderson film or Volkswagen commercial away from being a radio hit.

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About Tim Needles

Tim Needles is an artist, photographer, humorist, and writer from Long Island, NY. His writing and art work has been seen in multiple exhibitions and publications around New York as well as the Photographer’s Forum, French Photo, the New York Times, and LI Pulse magazine. He is also an educator and currently teaches art and film at Smithtown, NY and as an Education Leader for Adobe. He was recently the recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Award in Washington DC and serves as the director of Strictly Students, a non-for-profit group for media and education. His work can be seen on his website: www.timneedles.com
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