The Kink Kontroversy

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The Kink Kontroversy
1965 - The Kink Kontroversy - front.jpg
Studio album by
Released26 November 1965 (1965-11-26)
Recorded23–30 October 1965 (except early August 1965 for "Milk Cow Blues")[1]
StudioPye Studios, London
ProducerShel Talmy
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The Kink Kontroversy is the third studio album by English rock band The Kinks, released on 26 November 1965 in the United Kingdom and in March 1966 in the United States. 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 1964–1965 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.[citation needed]

"Where Have All the Good Times Gone" makes several references and/or allusions to Beatles and Rolling Stones songs.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ray Davies, except where noted.

Side one
1."Milk Cow Blues"Sleepy John Estes; arranged by The Kinks3:44
2."Ring the Bells" 2:21
3."Gotta Get the First Plane Home" 1:49
4."When I See That Girl of Mine" 2:12
5."I Am Free"Dave Davies2:32
6."Till the End of the Day" 2:21
Side two
1."The World Keeps Going Round"2:36
2."I'm on an Island"2:19
3."Where Have All the Good Times Gone"2:53
4."It's Too Late"2:37
5."What's in Store for Me"2:06
6."You Can't Win"2:42


The single "Till the End of the Day" was a major hit, reaching #8 in the UK[3] and #50 in the US, spending eight weeks or more in each chart.[4]

American singer Bobby Rydell covered "When I See That Girl of Mine", which was released as a single in the US a full month before the Kinks' version was made public.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[5]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[6]

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. They pointed out "I'm on an Island", "Where Have All the Good Times Gone", "Ring the Bells", "The World Keeps Going Round", and "I Am Free" as particularly strong examples of this.[5]


Track numbering refers to CD and digital releases of the album.


American indie rock band Sleater-Kinney used the same album cover layout as an homage for their 1997 album Dig Me Out.


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  3. ^ "Kinks | Artist | Official Charts". Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Billboard – Music Charts, Music News – The Kinks | Billboard". Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  5. ^ a b Unterberger, Richie. "The Kink Kontroversy – The Kinks : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  6. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0857125958.