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The Kink Kontroversy, Deluxe Edition Import

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Digitally remastered and expanded deluxe two CD edition of this 1965 album from the British Rock legends including a plethora of bonus tracks. The Kink Kontroversy is a transitional work, with elements of both the earlier Kinks' styles (heavily blues-influenced songs and variations on the band's hits from 1964-65) and early indications of the future direction of Ray Davies songwriting styles. With the Kink Kontroversy we have the backdrop of a band struggling with itself and with the authorities, going into the studio and coming out the other side with an album which shows a band on the up and freeing up room for itself so it can prosper and develop further in later years.

Disc: 1
1. Milk Cow Blues
2. Ring The Bells
3. Gotta Get The First Plane Home
4. When I See That Girl Of Mine
5. I Am Free
6. Till The End Of The Day
7. The World Keeps Going Round
8. I'm On A Island
9. Where Have All The Good Times Gone
10. It's Too Late
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Disc: 2
1. Dedicated Follower Of Fashion mono single
2. Sittin' On A Sofa mono single
3. I'm Not Like Everybody Else mono single
4. Mr Reporter Outtake
5. Dedicated Follower Of Fashion Alt Take
6. Time Will Tell Outtake
7. And I Will Love You unissued EP track
8. I'm Not Like Everybody Else Alt Vocal
9. All Night Stand Demo Version
10. Milk Cow Blues BBC Version
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 19, 2011)
  • deluxe_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B004E9OLYY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,744 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A criminally underrated masterpiece from The Kinks "Kinks Kontroversy" seemed like just another Kinks album when it was released but songwriter Ray Davies had continued to develop his craft with this album which is (with the exception of the opening track "Milk Cow Blues") the first Kinks album filled completely with Davies originals.

This deluxe reissue does a terrific job of bringing the album its just due; remastered by Andrew Sandoval and Dan Hersch (who worked on the deluxe "Village Green")the two disc set may on the surface seem like the least generous of the reissues to date; we get the original mono album on disc one (I'm assuming the stereo masters are missing as this is the only one of the first three albums NOT to include both or they are so badly damaged that they can't be used)making for a relatively short first CD. All 12 songs on the first disc have punch and sound quite good--they may be a bit louder than the original CD pressing but (to me)it's clear that as usual Sandoval and Hersch did their research and found the best possible tapes for this reissue.

Disc two has the songs from singles and EP's on it. The 1998 CD reissue only had four bonus tracks. This edition quadruples the original bonus tracks and puts them all on the second disc. We get all four from the previous edition plus a more recently discovered alternate take of "Mr Reporter" with Ray's lead vocal on it, the outtake "Time Will Tell", a demo "All Night Stand", five BBC session songs (along with brief interviews with the late Pete Quaife and with Ray)and "And I Will Love You" a previously unreleased EP track.

Also included are alternate takes for "Dedicated Follower of Fashion", "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" as well as the original mono single versions of each of those songs.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Steve Lanzarotta on May 28, 2011
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Kinks Kontroversy was recorded in the latter half of 1965 in the wake of the band inciting riots in Copenhagen, getting banned from touring in America, and their drummer almost killing their lead guitarist on stage in Cardiff; a busy several months by any measure! The album finds the Kinks just barely a year in the public eye, but already starting the move away from their original formula of hard rock boy-girl songs to a more introspective, diverse approach. This deluxe reissue provides the original album on disc one, followed by another fine collection of singles, b-sides, out-takes, and BBC recordings on disc two. The sound quality, as with all of the deluxe reissues, is the best ever released on CD; in some cases it is quite remarkable.

Disc one is highlighted by some of the best songs recorded to date by the Kinks (Milk Cow Blues, Till the End of the Day, The World Keeps Going 'Round, I'm On an Island, Where Have All the Good Times Gone?), along with more pedestrian efforts that belie the still breakneck pace of Kinks album recording (this time done over two full weeks!). Milk Cow Blues celebrates the end of an era for the Kinks, as it is the last blues cover (or any cover) on a Kinks album. It's also one of the last times we get to enjoy an unfettered Pete Quaife bass run during the rave-up at the end of the song. Dave Davies' singing and guitar playing are spectacular, and the piano play of Nicky Hopkins, though a little distracting, is to become a staple for the next several years on Kinks records. I never get tired of listening to this recording - it is raw, thrilling, and a high point for the Kinks, their true arrival as a blues band just as they are exiting the genre.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Morten Vindberg on May 22, 2011
Format: Audio CD
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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