“The Kink Kontroversy” by The Kinks - album review

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TJR says

The third Kinks LP opens up with the sole cover, as they rock out with John Estes’s “Milk Cow Blues”. In stark contrast, the contemplative mid-tempo pop of “Ring The Bells” immediately follows – it’s old Kinks vs new Kinks and this proves to be atypical of the album whole. Best tracks on side 1 are the folk-rocker “I Am Free”, which is followed by the crunchy proto-punker “At The End Of The Day” which, essentially, is “All Day and All of the Night mkII”. “Where Have All The Good Times Gone”, issued as the b-side to “At the End of the Day”, is a highlight on side 2. Ray Davies said: “We'd been rehearsing 'Where Have All the Good Times Gone' and our tour manager at the time, who was a lot older than us, said, 'That's a song a 40-year-old would write. I don't know where you get that from.' But I was taking inspiration from older people around me. I'd been watching them in the pubs, talking about taxes and job opportunities.” For all I’m digging new Kinks, it’s an old Kinks blues rocker which steals my heart, “It’s Too Late” – proto-Quo maybe but super-cool definitely. Good strong albums were coming from the Ray Davies pen; he was gearing up to take these kids on a musical journey…

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [03:44] 6.2.png The Kinks - Milk Cow Blues (John Estes) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A2 [02:21] 5.8.png The Kinks - Ring The Bells (Ray Davies) Pop
A3 [01:49] 6.4.png The Kinks - Gotta Get The First Plane Home (Ray Davies) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
A4 [02:12] 6.3.png The Kinks - When I See That Girl Of Mine (Ray Davies) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
A5 [02:32] 7.4.png The Kinks - I Am Free (Dave Davies) Folk Rock / Americana
A6 [02:21] 8.0.png The Kinks - Till The End Of The Day (Ray Davies) Proto-Punk
B1 [02:36] 6.6.png The Kinks - The World Keeps Going Round (Ray Davies) Cerebral Pop
B2 [02:19] 6.4.png The Kinks - I’m On An Island (Ray Davies) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B3 [02:53] 7.9.png The Kinks - Where Have All The Good Times Gone (Ray Davies) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B4 [02:37] 8.4.png The Kinks - It’s Too Late (Ray Davies) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B5 [02:06] 6.7.png The Kinks - What’s In Store For Me (Ray Davies) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B6 [02:42] 6.2.png The Kinks - You Can’t Win (Ray Davies) Blues Rock / Soul Rock

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