Kinda Kinks

~ Release group by The Kinks

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Kinda Kinks (mono) 12" Vinyl 12 Pye Records NPL 18112 [none]
Kinda Kinks 12" Vinyl 12 Marble Arch MALS 1100
Kinda Kinks 12" Vinyl 12 Marble Arch MAL 1100
Kinda Kinks 12" Vinyl 12 Pye Records 202 036-241 [none]
Kinda Kinks CD 12 PRT Records (PRT (Precision Records & Tapes) was formerly Pye Records) CDMP 8831 5011664883125
Kinda Kinks 12" Vinyl 12 PRT Records (PRT (Precision Records & Tapes) was formerly Pye Records) 6.26671 BL 4001406266713
Kinda Kinks CD 12 PRT Records (PRT (Precision Records & Tapes) was formerly Pye Records) 8.26671 4001408266711
Kinda Kinks 12" Vinyl 12 Rhino (reissue label) R1 70316 081227031619
Kinda Kinks CD 15 Rhino (reissue label) R2 70316 081227031626
Kinda Kinks CD 12 Castle Classics CLACD 156
Kinda Kinks CD 23 Essential! Records (division of Castle Communications) ESM CD 483 5017615848328
Kinda Kinks 12" Vinyl 12 Essential! Records (division of Castle Communications) ESM LP 483
Kinda Kinks CD 16 Sanctuary Records (US, 2000-2007) 06076 84515-2 060768451520
Kinda Kinks CD 23 Sanctuary Midline SMRCD026 5050749202628
Kinda Kinks CD 23 BMG JAPAN BVCM-37971 4988017650264
Kinda Kinks (deluxe edition) 2×CD 12 + 23 Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present) 275 632-6 602527563268
Kinda Kinks 2×SHM-CD 12 + 23 Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present) UICY-75027/8 4988005650214
Kinda Kinks (deluxe edition) 2×Digital Media 12 + 23 Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present) 5414939496974
Kinda Kinks (deluxe edition) 2×Digital Media 12 + 23 Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present) 5414939496974
Kinda Kinks (deluxe version) Digital Media 23 Sanctuary Records (UK 1996-present)

Relationships

included in: The Mono Collection
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000196154 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/94535 [info]
Wikidata: Q959188 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Kinda Kinks [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_kinks/kinda_kinks/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/64980 [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/p6rj [info]

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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, ingenue 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.