Kinda Kinks

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Kinda Kinks
Studio album by The Kinks
Released 5 March 1965 (UK)
11 August 1965 (US)
Recorded 17 December 1964 – 17 February 1965 at Pye Studios, London
Genre Rock and roll[1]
Length 27:38 (UK)
Label Pye NPL 18112 (UK)
Reprise R-6173 (US)
Producer Shel Talmy
The Kinks studio chronology
Kinks
(1964)
Kinda Kinks
(1965)
The Kink Kontroversy
(1965)
The Kinks American chronology
Kinks-Size
(1965)
Kinda Kinks
(1965)
Kinkdom
(1965)
Singles from Kinda Kinks
  1. "Tired of Waiting for You"
    Released: 15 January 1965

Kinda Kinks is the second studio album by English rock band The Kinks, released in 1965. It was recorded immediately after the return of the group from an Asian tour, and was completed and released within two weeks.[2][3][4] Consequently, the production was rushed and, according to Ray Davies, the band was not completely satisfied with the final cuts.[3][4] 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:

-Ray Davies, Kinda Kinks CD liner notes.

The album is noted for featuring the single "Tired of Waiting for You", which was a #1 hit on the UK Singles Charts.[5] The album itself hit #3 on the UK Album Charts.[5]

It was released in the US with a different, rearranged track listing and repackaged cover. Several tracks were removed as well, 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.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [3]

Allmusic wrote that the album was uneven, but that "...what was first-rate was also highly memorable, and what wasn't also wasn't bad." They also made note of some maturing in Ray Davies's songwriting.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ray Davies, except as indicated.

UK Release[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Look for My Baby"     2:17
2. "Got My Feet on the Ground"   Ray Davies, Dave Davies 2:14
3. "Nothin' in the World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That Girl"     2:44
4. "Naggin' Woman"   Jimmy Anderson, J. D. "Jay" Miller (as Jay West) 2:36
5. "Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight"     2:01
6. "Tired of Waiting for You"     2:31
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Dancing in the Street"   Marvin Gaye, William "Mickey" Stevenson, Ivy Jo Hunter 2:20
2. "Don't Ever Change"     2:25
3. "Come On Now"     1:49
4. "So Long"     2:10
5. "You Shouldn't Be Sad"     2:03
6. "Something Better Beginning"     2:26

US release[edit]

Side 1
  1. "Look for Me Baby" - 2:17
  2. "Got My Feet on the Ground" (R. Davies/D. Davies) - 2:14
  3. "Nothin' in the World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That Girl" - 2:44
  4. "Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight" - 2:01
  5. "Set Me Free" - 2:12
Side 2
  1. "Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy" - 2:16
  2. "Dancing in the Street" (Gaye, Stevenson, Hunter) - 2:20
  3. "Don't Ever Change" - 2:25
  4. "So Long" - 2:10
  5. "You Shouldn't Be Sad" - 2:03
  6. "Something Better Beginning" - 2:26

For the US version, three tracks were dropped: "Naggin' Woman" would be held over for the US only Kinkdom LP, and both sides of their recent hit single, "Tired of Waiting for You" and "Come On Now", were already placed on the previous US album Kinks-Size). These were replaced with the recent single "Set Me Free" and "Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy" (recently issued as a B-side in the US but originally a single in the UK).

Personnel[edit]

The Kinks

Additional musicians

  • Bobby Graham - drums on "Tired of Waiting for You"
  • Rasa Davies - backing vocals on "Look for Me Baby", "Dancing in the Street" and "Come On Now"

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mike Saunders (1972-05-25). "The Kink Kronikles | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  2. ^ The Kinks: All Day and All of the Night, A Guide by Doug Hinman
  3. ^ a b c d "Kinda Kinks review on All Music.com". Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  4. ^ a b Kinda Kinks CD liner notes
  5. ^ a b The Kinks in the UK Charts, The Official Charts. Retrieved 3 August 2011.