The Kink Kronikles

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The Kink Kronikles
Compilation album by
Released25 March 1972
GenreRock music
The Kinks chronology
Muswell Hillbillies
The Kink Kronikles
Everybody's in Show-Biz
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideA[2]
Rolling Stone(favourable)[3]

The Kink Kronikles is a compilation double album by the Kinks, released on Reprise Records in 1972, after the band had signed with RCA Records in 1971. It contains thirteen non-album singles, fourteen tracks taken from five albums released by the band from 1966 to 1971 (including the UK-only Percy), and one track previously unreleased. Designed specifically for the American market, it peaked at No. 94 on the Billboard 200. The single versions and mixes were not necessarily used for each track.


After the Kinks failed to renew their American distribution contract with Reprise, the label assembled this compilation without input from the band. Instead, Reprise invited rock journalist and noted Kinks fan John Mendelsohn to compile this package, ignoring the band's early trademark hits already appearing on Greatest Hits!. Mendelsohn also contributed the liner notes.

The album contains all five singles that charted on the Billboard Hot 100 during the time period covered, two of which appeared here on album in the U.S. for the first time: "Dead End Street" and "Mr. Pleasant". "Lola" and "Apeman" were the band's first American top ten hits in over five years. Five tracks made their U.S. debut in any format here – "Berkeley Mews", "Willesden Green", "This Is Where I Belong", "Did You See His Name?" and "King Kong". The latter two were original to this compilation, and "King Kong" would be released as Reprise single 1094 two months after the release of this double album.

Considered an exemplary compilation, the album was ranked number 232 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time,[4] one of the few compilations to appear on the list. It became an important milestone in the Kinks' career by introducing highlights of the band's England-centered 1966-1970 period to American audiences. It was never properly remastered for compact disc; the CD track listing is identical to that on the original vinyl, placing sides one and two on disc one and sides three and four on disc two. On August 29,2020, a remastered release was issued in digital and vinyl formats. The remastering was done by Phil Kinrade at Alchemy Mastering.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Ray Davies except "Death of a Clown", "Mindless Child of Motherhood", and "Susannah's Still Alive" by Dave Davies. All catalogue numbers and titles US release except *UK release.

Side one[edit]

No.TitleSource album and Single catalog numberLength
1."Victoria"Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire), Reprise 08633:41
2."The Village Green Preservation Society"The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society, Reprise 08472:49
3."Berkeley Mews"Non-album single: Pye 7N 17961b*2:30
4."Holiday in Waikiki"Face to Face2:47
5."Willesden Green"Percy *2:28
6."This Is Where I Belong"Non-album single: Pye 7N 17314b*2:27
7."Waterloo Sunset"Something Else by the Kinks, Reprise 06123:21

Side two[edit]

No.TitleSource album and Single catalog numberLength
1."David Watts"Something Else, Reprise 0647b2:29
2."Dead End Street"Non-album single: Reprise 05403:20
4."Autumn Almanac"Non-album single: Reprise 06473:16
5."Sunny Afternoon"Face to Face, Reprise 04973:34
6."Get Back in Line"Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround3:08
7."Did You See His Name?"previously unreleased1:56

Side three[edit]

No.TitleSource album and Single catalog numberLength
1."Fancy"Face to Face2:30
2."Wonderboy"Non-album single: Reprise 06912:50
3."Apeman"Lola, Reprise 09793:57
4."King Kong"Non-album single: Reprise 10943:27
5."Mr. Pleasant"Non-album single: Reprise 05873:02
6."God's Children"Percy, Reprise 10173:19
7."Death of a Clown"Something Else, Reprise 06143:14

Side four[edit]

No.TitleSource album and Single catalog numberLength
1."Lola"Lola, Reprise 09304:05
2."Mindless Child of Motherhood"Non-album single: Reprise 0930b3:13
3."Polly"Non-album single: Reprise 0691b2:51
4."Big Black Smoke"Non-album single: Reprise 0540b2:37
5."Susannah's Still Alive"Non-album single: Reprise 06602:21
6."She's Got Everything"Non-album single: Reprise 0762b3:08
7."Days"Non-album single: Reprise 07622:52


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. The Kink Kronikles at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: K". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved 28 February 2019 – via
  3. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  4. ^ "500 Greatest Albums of All Time Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time". Rolling Stone. 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2019.

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