The History of Ray Davies
Post “Face To Face“, Ray Davies started to look beyond the hit single with his writing stating he wanted to do “Something Else“, giving The Kinks the title for their 5th album. Released in September 1967 in the UK and January 1968 in the USA, it was not a big hit, but is now considered a classic album, ranked 288 on Rolling Stone Magazines 500 Greatest Albums of all Time and spawning the classic singles “Waterloo Sunset” and “Death of a Clown”
You think The Beatles made a huge leap forward with Revolver? Well The Kinks made a quantum leap with “Face to Face“! Released in the USA on December 7th, 1966 it barely made the top 100 in the album charts. However “Face to Face” saw the the beginning of Ray Davies and The Kinks Golden Era, producing some amazing records.
The Kinks released “The Kink Kontroversy” on November 26th, 1965 in the UK with the US release coming on March 30th, 1966. By now The Kinks were blossoming and coming into their own as musicians and Ray Davies was finding his voice as a song-writer. However it is called “The Kink Kontroversy” for a reason.
By now the Davies brothers were at each others throats with their on-stage fall-outs spilling over into audience riots. On top of this, for reasons that have never been made entirely clear, the American Federation of Musicians banned The Kinks from touring the U.S between 1965 to 1969.
The success of “You Really Got Me” and “Tired of Waiting for You”, saw The Kinks rushed into the studio to record “Kinda Kinks” and cash in on The British Invasion. Kinda Kinks was recorded in a week and squeezed in between their hectic schedule to be released in August 1965 in the USA. While not a classic Kinks album, it is an improvement over “You Really Got Me” and shows some of the promise of things to come from Ray Davies and Kinks
On October 2nd, 1964 The Kinks released their first album “You Really Got Me“. The title track, “You Really Got Me” was the result of a genius riff and the sound created by main song writer Ray Davies‘ brother, Dave Davies, slashing the cone in his amp to create one of the most influential songs of all time. Add to this appearances as session musicians of Jimmy Page and Jon Lord and you have an album of note to music fans.