Live at Kelvin Hall is a 1967/68 live album by British rock group the Kinks. It was recorded at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow, Scotland, in early 1967. The album was released in August 1967 in the US (as The Live Kinks), and January 1968 in the UK. Live at Kelvin Hall received mixed reviews upon release, and sold poorly.
The album was first re-released on CD in 1987. In 1998, the album was reissued with both the mono and stereo mixes present. Unlike many albums in the Kinks catalogue which have received Deluxe Edition formats, Live At Kelvin Hall was passed on by Andrew Sandoval, who, at one point, attempted to remix the album. The mono mix was absent from the 2011 box set The Kinks In Mono, but was present in the 2005 box set The Pye Album Collection.
The Kinks played two sets in the Scene ’67 Theatre inside Kelvin Hall on 1 April 1967; one at 6:30 and the other at 9:30 pm, with the bands Sounds Incorporated and the Fortunes opening. The entire concert was recorded on a 4-track Pye Mobile Recording Unit owned by the group’s label, Pye Records. The Kinks’ set was the finale of a ten-day teen music-festival, sponsored by a local discotheque club and The Daily Record, a Glasgow newspaper.
On 3 April, post-production was underway for the scheduled live album. The group also took part in sessions to “enhance” the recordings—writer Andy Miller notes that …Kelvin Hall “is perhaps not as live as all that. Sessions were undertaken to ‘sweeten’ the original tapes. Close listening seems to reveal that the audience hysteria is an extended, repeating tape loop.” It is also notable that an entire fourth of the 4-track mix was devoted to the crowd’s screams and yells. Doug Hinman, in his 2004 book All Day And All Of The Night, also states that “it appears that overdubs [were] made (noticeable … on the released album’s guitar solo on ‘Till The End Of The Day’, and the differing guitar solos between the mono and stereo mixes of ‘You Really Got Me’).” A press release followed on the same day, announcing that a live album was scheduled for future release.
Live at Kelvin Hall was released in the US as The Live Kinks on 16 August 1967, where it went virtually unnoticed. It stalled at number 162 in the Billboard charts, during a four-week run. The album fared no better in the UK; upon release in January 1968 as Live at Kelvin Hall, it received only moderate advertising and mixed reviews. New Musical Express: “… at Glasgow the Kinks had every encouragement to give a good show and what you can hear above the audience noise is good. I don’t know if I like a backing of whistles and screams.” Live at Kelvin Hall failed to chart. (by wikipedia)
Recorded in Glasgow, Scotland, while the Kinks were on tour in 1967, Live at Kelvin Hall (aka The Live Kinks) has the distinction of being the only undoctored concert recording of a British Invasion band at the peak of its popularity. Like the Stones and the Beatles, the Kinks faced audiences filled with screaming, shrieking teenagers. Often, the noise was so loud that it drowned out the amps on-stage, and since the band couldn’t hear each other, its performances were ragged and rough. The Kinks held together in Glasgow better than their peers, but Live at Kelvin Hall is still rough going. True, it does offer an audio document of the band in concert, but the crowd is so damn noisy, it’s hard to hear anything besides screaming. The band is buried under this cacophony, and while they turn out some energetic performances — not only of hits like “Till the End of the Day,” “You Really Got Me,” and the sing-along “Sunny Afternoon” — they’re just sloppy enough to be a little tiring when combined with the roaring crowd. Live at Kelvin Hall may be interesting as an historical piece to some collectors, but it falls short of being pleasurable listening. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)
Mick Avory (drums)
Dave Davies (guitar, backgroundvocals, vocals on 04., 07. + 09.)
Ray Davies (vocals, guitar)
Pete Quaife (bass, background vocals)
01. Till The End Of The Day (R.Davies) 3.32
02. A Well Respected Man (R.Davies) 3.09
03. You’re Lookin’ Fine (R.Davies) 3.36
04. Sunny Afternoon (R.Davies) 4.54
05. Dandy (R.Davies) 2.11
06. I’m On An Island (R.Davies) 2.53
07. Come On Now (R.Davies) 3.58
08. You Really Got Me (R.Davies) 2.16
09. Medley 8.47
09.1. Milk Cow Blues (Estes)
09.2. Batman Theme (Hefti)
09.3. Tired Of Waiting For You (R.Davies)