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The Kinks Album Guide

An overview of one of rock & roll’s most gloriously weird songbooks

British pop group The Kinks, circa May 1964. Clockwise, from left: drummer Mick Avory, guitarist Dave Davies, bassist Pete Quaife (1934 - 2010) and singer Ray Davies. (Photo by Tom Hustler/Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Kinks, circa 1964. Clockwise, from left: Mick Avory, Dave Davies, Pete Quaife and Ray Davies.

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The Kinks’ story is a messy one, because they’ve been so many different bands: British Invasion mods, art-school jesters, Seventies stadium hounds. But over the years, Ray Davies built his legend as one of rock’s great eccentric wits, the poet laureate of England’s dead-end streets, rooting for the losers and outsiders, always feuding with his kid brother Dave on guitar. Not exactly a cozy family relationship: the Kinks had a infamous history of onstage fisticuffs. The hits are just the beginning — they made classic albums as well as disasters, creating one of rock & roll’s most gloriously weird songbooks. So here’s a guided tour to their music — the absolute kream of the krop. God save the Kinks.

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