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
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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.


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 by Ray Davies, except where noted.

UK release[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Look for Me Baby" – 2:17
  2. "Got My Feet on the Ground" (R. Davies/Dave Davies) – 2:14
  3. "Nothin' in the World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That Girl" – 2:44
  4. "Naggin' Woman" (Anderson, West) – 2:36
  5. "Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight" – 2:01
  6. "Tired of Waiting for You" – 2:31

Side two[edit]

  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

CD reissue bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy" – 2:16
  2. "Who'll Be the Next in Line" – 2:02
  3. "Set Me Free" – 2:12
  4. "I Need You" – 2:26
  5. "See My Friends" – 2:46
  6. "Never Met a Girl Like You Before" – 2:05
  7. "Wait Till the Summer Comes Along" (D. Davies) – 2:07
  8. "Such a Shame" – 2:19
  9. "A Well Respected Man" – 2:43
  10. "Don't You Fret" – 2:45
  11. "I Go to Sleep" [Demo version] – 2:42

US release[edit]

Side 1[edit]

  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[edit]

  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).

2011 Kinda Kinks: Deluxe Edition (Sanctuary/Universal (UK)[edit]

Disc 2: Singles, demos and BBC sessions[edit]

  1. "Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy" (Pye single 7N 15813 (UK), 1965)
  2. "Who'll Be the Next in Line" (Pye single 7N 15813 (UK), 1965)
  3. "Set Me Free" (Pye single 7N 15854 (UK), 1965)
  4. "I Need You" (Pye single 7N 15854 (UK), 1965)
  5. "See My Friends" (Pye single 7N 15919 (UK), 1965)
  6. "Never Met a Girl Like You Before" (Pye single 7N 15919 (UK), 1965)
  7. "A Well Respected Man" (Kwyet Kinks EP – Pye NEP 24221 (UK), 1965)
  8. "Such a Shame" (Kwyet Kinks EP – Pye NEP 24221 (UK), 1965)
  9. "Wait Till the Summer Comes Along" (Kwyet Kinks EP – Pye NEP 24221 (UK), 1965)
  10. "Don't You Fret" (Kwyet Kinks EP – Pye NEP 24221 (UK), 1965)
  11. "I Go to Sleep" (Demo)
  12. "When I See That Girl of Mine" (Demo)
  13. "Tell Me Now So I'll Know" (Demo) – Previously unreleased
  14. "A Little Bit of Sunlight" (Demo)
  15. "There's a New World Just Opening for Me" (Demo)
  16. "This I Know" (Demo)
  17. "See My Friends" (Alternate) – Previously unreleased
  18. "Come On Now" (Alternate vocal) – Previously unreleased
  19. "You Shouldn't Be Sad" (BBC session) – Previously unreleased
  20. "Tired of Waiting for You" (BBC session)
  21. "Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy" (BBC session)
  22. "This Strange Effect" (BBC session)
  23. "Hide and Seek" (BBC session) – Previously unreleased


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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]


  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". 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.