The Kinks – Kinda Kinks (1965)

LPFrontCover1The Kinks are an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, north London, in 1964 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. They are regarded as one of the most influential rock bands of the 1960s. The band emerged during the height of British rhythm and blues and Merseybeat, and were briefly part of the British Invasion of the United States until their touring ban in 1965 (as a result of constant fighting between the brothers). Their third single, the Ray Davies-penned “You Really Got Me”,[4][5] became an international hit, topping the charts in the United Kingdom and reaching the Top 10 in the United States.[6] Their music was influenced by a wide range of genres, including American R&B and rock and roll initially, and later adopting British music hall, folk, and country. They gained a reputation for reflecting English culture and lifestyle, fuelled by Ray Davies’ wittily observational writing style.

Early works included albums such as Face to Face (1966), Something Else (1967), The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (1968), Arthur (1969), Lola Versus Powerman (1970), and Muswell Hillbillies (1971), along with their accompanying singles. After a fallow period in the mid-1970s, the band experienced a revival during the late 1970s and early 1980s with their albums Sleepwalker (1977), Misfits (1978), Low Budget (1979), Give the People What They Want (1981) and State of Confusion (1983). In addition, groups such as Van Halen, the Jam, the Knack, the Pretenders, The Raincoats and the Fall covered their songs, helping to boost the Kinks’ record sales. In the 1990s, Britpop acts such as Blur and Oasis cited the band as a major influence.

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Ray Davies (rhythm guitar, lead vocals, keyboards) and Dave Davies (lead guitar, vocals) remained members throughout the band’s 32-year run. Longest-serving member Mick Avory (drums and percussion) was replaced by Bob Henrit, formerly of Argent, in 1984. Original bass guitarist Pete Quaife was replaced by John Dalton in 1969. After Dalton’s 1976 departure, Andy Pyle briefly served as the band’s bassist before being replaced by Argent bassist Jim Rodford in 1978. Session keyboardist Nicky Hopkins accompanied the band in the studio for many of their recordings in the mid-to-late 1960s. The band became an official five-piece in 1970, when keyboardist John Gosling joined them. Gosling quit in 1978; he was first replaced by ex-Pretty Things member Gordon Edwards, then more permanently by Ian Gibbons in 1979. The band gave its last public performance in 1996 and broke up in 1997 as a result of creative tension between the Davies brothers.

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The Kinks have had five Top 10 singles on the US Billboard chart. Nine of their albums charted in the Top 40.[9] In the UK, they have had seventeen Top 20 singles and five Top 10 albums.[10] Four Kinks albums have been certified gold by the RIAA and the band have sold over 50 million records worldwide. Among numerous honours, they received the Ivor Novello Award for “Outstanding Service to British Music”. In 1990, the original four members of The Kinks were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as the UK Music Hall of Fame in November 2005. In 2018, after years of ruling out a reunion, Ray Davies and Dave Davies announced they were working to reform the Kinks.

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Kinda Kinks is the second album by English rock band the Kinks, released in 1965. Recorded and released within two weeks after returning from a tour in Asia, Ray Davies and the band were not satisfied with the production. The single “Tired of Waiting for You” was a #1 hit on the UK Singles Charts.

The album was recorded immediately after the return of the group from an Asian tour, and was completed and released within two weeks.[4][5][6] Consequently, the production was rushed and, according to Ray Davies, the band was not completely satisfied with the final cuts.[5][6] Due to record company pressure, however, no time was available to fix certain flaws present in the mix. Ray Davies has expressed his dissatisfaction towards the production not being up to par. Commenting on this, he said: “A bit more care should have been taken with it. I think (producer) Shel Talmy went too far in trying to keep in the rough edges. Some of the double tracking on that is appalling. It had better songs on it than the first album, but it wasn’t executed in the right way. It was just far too rushed.”

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It was released by Pye in the UK on 5 March 1965, and by Reprise in the USA on 11 August 1965. The US release had a rearranged track listing and repackaged cover. Several tracks were removed, and the single “Set Me Free”, released two months after the UK issue of Kinda Kinks, was unique to the album’s US release. In the UK, the album was only released in mono; no stereo mix was made.

The single “Tired of Waiting for You” was a #1 hit on the UK Singles Charts.[8] The album itself hit #3 on the UK Album Charts.

“Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight” was released as a single in Norway and Sweden in 1966, backed with “I Need You”, reaching 7 on the Swedish charts. (wikipedia)

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The Kinks’ second album, Kinda Kinks, was rush-recorded on either side (and in the midst) of a world tour that took them all the way to Australia in the course of bridging the 1964-1965 New Year. Under those circumstances, the fact that every cut but one was an original was no small tribute to the songwriting ability of Ray Davies, even if most of the songs were less than first-rate — because what was first-rate was also highly memorable, and what wasn’t also wasn’t bad. In the space of two frantic late-December and mid-January sessions, and a brutal week in February of 1965, the group cut 11 songs to fill out a long-player that was already destined to contain “Tired of Waiting for You” (a product of the previous summer’s work, held back by producer Shel Talmy for a single). Also along for the ride were the latter’s driving B-side “Come on Now” and “Something Better Beginning” (both cut in December 1964).

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So the resulting record was uneven but filled with promise, and possessed of at least three bright spots — additionally, and equally important, this album showcased a much more sophisticated sound, Dave Davies’ guitar turned down (and even switched to acoustic in a couple of spots) as Ray Davies began exploring aspects of emotions and storytelling that transcended anything in the group’s prior output — “Nothin’ in This World Can Stop Me Worryin’ ‘Bout That Girl” may have been a mouthful of a title, but it also put them right in the front of the British Invasion pack for seriousness and complexity, out in front of where the Beatles or almost any of the competition were in early 1965, but it didn’t stop them from switching gears to the bluesy “Naggin’ Woman.” (by Bruce Eder)

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Personnel:
Mick Avory (drums)
Dave Davies (guitar, vocals on 02., 04., 05. + 09.)
Ray Davies (vocals, guitar, piano on 05.)
Pete Quaife (bass guitar, background vocals)
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Rasa Davies (background vocals on 01., 07., 09. + 16.)
Bobby Graham (drums on 06.)

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Tracklist:
01. Look For Me Baby (R.Davies) 2.17
02. Got My Feet On The Ground (R.DaviesD.Davies) 2.15
03. Nothin’ In The World Can Stop Me Worryin’ ‘Bout That Girl (R.Davies) 2.45
04. Naggin’ Woman (Anderson/Miller) 2.36
05. Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight (R.Davies) 2.01
06. Tired Of Waiting For You (R.Davies) 2.32
07. Dancing In The Street (Gaye/Stevenson/Hunter) 2.21
08. Don’t Ever Change (R.Davies) 2.26
09. Come On Now (R.Davies) 1.49
10. So Long (R.Davies) 2.11
11. You Shouldn’t Be Sad (R.Davies) 2.03
12. Something Better Beginning (R.Davies) 2.26
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13. Ev’rybody’s Gonna Be Happy (R.Davies) 2.16
14. Who’ll Be The Next In Line (R.Davies) 2.02
15. Set Me Free (R.Davies) 2.12
16. I Need You (R.Davies) 2.27
17. See My Friends (R.Davies) 2.47
18. Never Met A Girl Like You Before (R.Davies) 2.05
19. Wait Till The Summer Comes Along (Kwyet Kinks EP) (D. Davies) 2.08
20. Such A Shame (Kwyet Kinks EP) (R.Davies) 2.19
21. A Well Respected Man (Kwyet Kinks EP) (R.Davies) 2.44
22. Don’t You Fret (Kwyet Kinks EP) (R.Davies) 2.45
23. I Go To Sleep (Demo version) (R.Davies) 2.43

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