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Kinda Kinks Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered

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The Kinks were formed by brothers Ray and Dave Davies in their hometown of Muswell Hill, North London. The brothers began playing skiffle and rock and roll, recruiting Peter Quaife to play bass with them. By the summer of 1963, as The Ravens, they'd recruited drummer Mickey Willet. Eventually their demo tape reached American record producer Shel Talmy who helped the band land a contract ... Read more in Amazon's The Kinks Store

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  • Audio CD (3 Mar. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B0001XLXE8
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,811 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Look For Me Baby
2. Got My Feet On The Ground
3. Nothin' In the World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That Girl
4. Naggin' Woman
5. I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight
6. Tired Of Waiting For You
7. Dancing In The Street
8. Don't Ever Change
9. Come On Now
10. So Long
11. You Shouldn't Be Sad
12. Something Better Beginning
13. Everybody's Gonna Be Happy
14. Who'll Be The Next In Line
15. Set Me Free
16. I Need You
17. See My Friends
18. Never Met A Girl Like You Before
19. Wait Till The Summer Comes Along
20. Such A Shame
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BBC Review

Although their October 1964 eponymous debut album contains the immortal You Really Got Me and the sweet Stop Your Sobbing, Kinda Kinks is really the first proper Kinks album.

The significant progress made by the north London quartet in just five months is shown in the new dominance of original compositions. Whereas that debut was stuffed with covers, with the exception of Naggin' Woman and Dancing in the Street, their second album is all written by the band’s frontman Ray Davies (assisted by little brother lead guitarist Dave on one track).

The covers here are, in fact, almost laughable. With its reedy, ingénue vocal, Naggin' Woman is shorn of all blues belligerence, sounding comedic, if pleasantly so. The rinky-dink arrangement given Dancing in the Street, meanwhile, is cringe-worthy in light of the sensual Motown original.

Not that new songs always equates with great songs. On tracks like the generic R&B Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight and the insubstantial noodle So Long, Ray Davies’ own popcraft is clearly evolving but is not quite there. He is more successful in his snatching for greatness in the haunted acoustic blues-pop Nothin' in the World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That Girl and Don't Ever Change, a knowing pop song with a thunderous bottom end. With Tired of Waiting for You – a lovely wisp of melancholia – the achievement is unequivocal, although this is not all due to Davies: the leisurely drum rolls of session man Bobby Graham are exquisite. The cascades of guitar, cooing backing vocals and swelling arrangement in closer Something Better Beginning assert that the sublime melody and acute personal vision of the peak period of Davies and his cohorts is just around the corner.

That peak period is partly represented by the bonus tracks on the various expanded versions of this album released on CD down the years. The cache of singles, B sides, EP tracks and demos recorded in the months after the material on Kinda Kinks is peppered with great songs like Set Me Free, See My Friends, I Need You and I Go to Sleep. They demonstrate the little-observed fact that in 1965 – when The Rolling Stones were a year away from self-reliance – The Kinks only had The Beatles in front of them in the UK pop pack.

--Sean Egan

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By The Cobra Group on 18 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
After their initial success via the breakthrough singles 'You Really Got Me', and 'All Day and All of the Night', and the release of their first album, the Kinks were rushed into putting together that 'difficult' second LP. The whole process was done cheaply, under pressure, and took about a week.
Kinda Kinks were the result, and though it's not Face to Face, or even Kink Kontroversy, it has some pretty good Mod era rock; ' Look For Me Baby', 'Come On Now'- with new wave female chorus provided by Ray's wife- plus other tunes of interest; ' Nothin' In The World Can Stop Me Worryin' Bout That Girl'- acoustic folk jazz ala Davy Graham and Bert Jansch, 'Something Better Beginning' the chorus sounding like an 80's Elvis Costello ballad- and the melodic and melancholy hit single, their first in that vein, 'Tired of Waiting For You'. There is also a seemingly toungue-in-cheek take on the blues standard 'Naggin' Woman' sung by Dave Davies, and a very undercooked cover of Martha and The Vandellas 'Dancing in the Streets' that's still more listenable than the Jaggers/Bowie thing.
But this remastered release also contains 11 other quality singles and B-sides, all of them essential to any well respected/respectable Kinks fan, ie: 'Who'll Be the Next In Line', 'See My Friends', 'Well Respected Man', 'Everybody's Gonna Be Happy', yet another power pop guitar hit, 'I Need You', and the Dave Davies' country plaint 'Wait Till the Summer Comes Along'. The last number on the disc, Ray's piano demo of 'I Fall To Sleep', ( covered over 15 years later by the Pretenders ), displays a lyrical and musical precocity on level pegging with the likes of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and the song could have been a hit for Dionne Warwick or Dusty Springfield.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Klas on 7 Aug. 2013
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For me The Kinks is with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Animals the best British group ever. I like very much the old Kinks albums and especially "Face To Face", "Kinda Kinks" and "Kinks". Maybe that's because I was a youngster in the early 60's. "Kinda Kinks" contains many good songs like the big hit "Tired Of Waiting For You", "Something Better Beginning", "Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight", "Come On Now" etc. Most of the Bonus tracks are brilliant!!! I recommend this album at least to older Kinks fans!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim on 7 Aug. 2013
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Much like the debut but with far less covers and a tighter, more together sound. The big single from this album was Tired Of Waiting For You which, although not as thrilling and groundbreaking as You Really Got Me, is another early Kinks classic. There's another big highlight in the sparse blues Nothin' In The World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That Girl which became known to a new audience decades later via the 1999 Wes Anderson film Rushmore. The Kinks were beginning to spread their wings.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Arcand on 7 Dec. 2009
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Too bad the Kinks were all over the place at this phase, 'cos judging by the best material on this album (including some essential bonus tracks - and some more very less essential), they were already half-apt rivals to the best Brit invasion bands running for the American money by this time.

The kind of album that would have been a masterpiece, were it cut in half.

Still, as a whole, a must-have for any serious Kinks fan, and a not-so-bad place to begin for newcommers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Ray Davies begins to emerge as a songwriter 16 Jun. 2006
By hyperbolium - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Though critics often slag the Kinks second album as generic British Invasion, it's the album's look at Ray Davies emergence (rather than arrival) as a songwriter within the confines of the invasion that's so compelling. Musically the Kinks hadn't progressed from the minimalist rock 'n' roll of their 1964 debut, but with ten of the original UK album's dozen tracks penned by Davies, the band was beginning to develop their own unique voice.

The hit single, "Tired of Waiting for You," and its powerhouse flip, "Come on Now" show both sides of Davies' genius. The first is a forlorn plea that points to the personal songs that would become Davies' forte, while the latter is a rave-up with a wicked guitar riff that surely set London dance floors ablaze. Davies' pen sticks to spurned and cheating lovers for the foot-stomping "Look For Me Baby" the confessional "Nothin' in the World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout that Girl," and the bluesy "Wonder Where My Baby is Tonight." His nostalgic and sentimental streaks reveal themselves in the folky "So Long," and he lightens up for the Brill Building styled "Don't Ever Change," the Merseybeat "You Shouldn't Be Sad," and the hesitant, melancholy "Something Better Beginning."

Sanctuary's 23-track reissue adds a full eleven bonus tracks, gathered primarily from UK singles and EPs. "Who'll Be the Next in Line" is as scathing as any kiss-off of the British Invasion, "Set Me Free" is a superb mid-tempo example of the Kinks' beat-era playing and Davies' heartbroken anger, "I Need You" is a grade-A garage-rocker with a classic Dave Davies guitar solo, the droning "See My Friends" adds early Eastern influences, the country-tinged "Wait Till the Summer Comes Along" suggests the band's future Muswell Hillbillies phase, and "A Well Respected Man" is one of the jewels of Davies' songwriting catalog. A previously unreleased demo of "I Go to Sleep" (a song better known in its cover by The Pretenders) closes the CD with Davies accompanied only by piano.

The delicacy and depth that Davies would develop as a songwriter is only beginning to emerge here, but even among the seemingly by-the-numbers lost-love lyrics, his uniquely introspective and nostalgic voice is loud and clear. The production is still quite rudimentary and the arrangements simple (amplified, no doubt, by the speed with which they had to record a second album), but the variety of styles with which the band dabbles suggests the depth of their future efforts. This is a superb introduction to the Kinks early work, and will be an eye-opener for those weaned on their subsequent resurgences as rock opera and arena rock stars. This crisply remastered 23-track mono reissue on Sanctuary (not Rhino as Amazon mistakenly lists it) is the version to get. [©2006 hyperbolium dot com]
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Don't you ever change now... 25 Aug. 2006
By Mark H. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
'Kinda Kinks', released in March 1965 is often unfairly slagged for its rushed production and supposed mediocre songwriting. I feel this is unfair, though some of the songs are definitely far below the quality of subsequent Kinks releases. This is where the REAL Ray Davies emerged as an introspective writer. While the debut was a typical British debut with many R&B covers, the second is dominated by originals. As with the first, a major hit single, "Tired of Waiting for You", appeared on the record just as "You Really Got Me" was on the debut. This was rare for British only releases which did not often feature singles. Other standouts include the "Tired" b-side, "Come On Now", another showcase for Dave's wild guitar and vocal style. My favorites are ths quieter tunes such as "Don't Ever Change", probably my fav early album track, "Nothin' in This World" (featured in the film 'Rushmore') and "So Long". Probably the most famous album track on 'Kinda' would be "Something Better Beginning", another great ballad in the tradition of "Stop Your Sobbin'". Lowlights would include a pitiful cover of "Dancing in the Streets", obviously the band was desperate to fill record space, and such subpar tunes as "You Shouldn't Sad" and "Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight". The Castle release includes some of the Kinks greatest singles and their 2nd ep of original album material and for this reason alone does THIS 'Kinda Kinks' get 5 stars as opposed to maybe 3 for the original album. "Set Me Free", "I Need You", "See My Friends", "Who'll Be the Next in Line", "Such a Shame" and "A Well Respected Man" among others display the pop brilliance of Davies and the Kinks circa mid to late 1965. As album artists however the best was yet to come!
Kinda a knock-out 22 Feb. 2009
By J. Mark Bickerton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ray Davies claimed to dislike this CD, saying it was too rushed, that while the songs showed promise, the 'record was a disaster'. I disagree. Perhaps artists produce their finest work when under pressure, and I offer this CD as proof. Granted, the songs are relatively simple, but it clearly shows an evolutionary step for the band as it branched out to try a more mellow sound. Yes, the sound quality is not perfect, yet it does not deter from that magnificent mid-60's aura that so many bands attempt in vain to achieve today. This CD is another fabulous period piece; one of those treasures that you re-discover that reminds you of a youthful time when music didn't rely on shallow Wal-Mart or Disney sponsorship in order for a talented act to gain exposure.
Lovely Melodies 4 Feb. 2009
By Pat Lamorgese - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Kinda Kinks was released in 1965, and shows the boys love of Motown classics, with their remake of "Dancing In the Streets". There are the usual array of hits, "Something Better Beginning" and "Tired of Waiting For You". and the mix of the disk features lighter melodies highlighted with acoustic guitar backings. This lacks some of the better original cuts that appear on other disks, but is a good representation of a classic English band as they were beginning to spread their wings.
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