- Audio CD (Aug. 21 2001)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording remastered, Import
- Label: Sanctuary
- ASIN: B00005NHNZ
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
|1. Milk Cow Blue|
|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 An Island|
|9. Where Have All The Good Times Gone|
|10. It's Too Late|
|11. What's In Store For Me|
|12. You Can't Win|
|13. Dedicated Follower of Fashion|
|14. Sittin' On My Sofa|
|15. When I See That Girl of Mine|
|16. Dedicated Follower of Fashion|
The album is mostly songs in the well-known Kinks-style. All songs except one are selfpenned, and though it is a mixture of rockers and and softer songs, this is probably on of the most hard sounding Kinks albums, which of course has a lot to do with Shel Talmy's production style.
Apart from Estes'"Milk Cow Blues", which I find unnecessary and pretty uninteresting, there are not weak songs here. The single "Till the End of the Day" which was the first Kinks single I bought back in the 60's, is another "You Really Got Me"- rip off; but it's the best of them all. The B-side "I'm on an Island" is another highlight.
There are several indications of the more sophisticated songwriting that was to come. Songs like "Dedicated Follower of Fashion" (bonus-track) and "Where Have All Good Times Gone" show that Ray Davies had already developed as a songwiter both lyrically and musically. The great ballad "Ring the Bells" also shows Davies softer side.
My favourites are "Till the End of the Day", "Ring the Bells", "I'm On an Island", "I Am Free" and "You Can't Win".