Live at Kelvin Hall

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Live at Kelvin Hall
Live album by The Kinks
Released 16 August 1967 (US), 12 January 1968 (UK)
Recorded 1 April 1967, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland. Mixing and dubbing at Pye Studios No. 2, London, throughout April 1967
Genre Rock
Length 34:00
Label Pye Records (UK), Reprise Records (US)
Producer Ray Davies
The Kinks chronology
Face to Face
(1966) - US
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Something Else By The Kinks
(1967) - UK
The Live Kinks
(1967)
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Live at Kelvin Hall
(1968) - UK
Something Else By The Kinks
(1967) - US
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The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society
(1968) - UK
The Live Kinks (US)
The Live Kinks cover, the US version of Live at Kelvin Hall

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.[1] 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 the stereo mix was present in the 2005 box set The Pye Album Collection.

Recording[edit]

Kelvin Hall, location of the recording

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.[2] 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.[2]

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."[3] 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')."[2] A press release followed on the same day, announcing that a live album was scheduled for future release.[2]

Release and reception[edit]

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[4] run.[5] 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."[6] Live at Kelvin Hall failed to chart.

Charts[edit]

Year Billboard Cash Box Record Retailer
1967 #162 #83 #96
All charts per Hinman, p. 103[7] and Dave Emlen[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Ray Davies, except where noted

Side one
  1. "Till the End of the Day" – 3:20
  2. "A Well Respected Man"* – 3:12
  3. "You're Lookin' Fine" – 3:28
  4. "Sunny Afternoon" – 4:40
  5. "Dandy" – 2:06
Side two
  1. "I'm On An Island" – 2:53
  2. "Come On Now" – 3:02
  3. "You Really Got Me" – 2:13
  4. Medley – 8:53

Personnel[edit]

  • Ray Davies: lead vocal, backing vocals on "Come On Now", rhythm guitar
  • Dave Davies: lead guitar, backing vocals, co-lead vocal on medley, lead vocal on "You're Looking Fine", "Come On Now"
  • Pete Quaife: bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Mick Avory: drums
  • Alan MacKenzie: chief engineer; Alan O'Duffy and Vic Maile assistants

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Live At Kelvin Hall Retrieved 2011-05-13.
  2. ^ a b c d Hinman 2004, p. 96
  3. ^ Miller 2003, p. 24
  4. ^ a b Emlen, Dave. Chart positions, Kindakinks.net. Retrieved 17 February 2010
  5. ^ Hinman 2004, p. 104
  6. ^ Hinman 2004, p. 110
  7. ^ Hinman 2004, p. 103

References[edit]

Bibliography
  • Alterman, Loraine (18 December 1969), Who Let the Kinks In?, Rolling Stone 
  • Savage, John (1984), The Kinks, London, UK: Faber and Faber, ISBN 0-571-13379-7 
  • Hinman, Doug (2004), The Kinks: All Day and All of the Night, Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard Corporation, ISBN 0-87930-765-X 
  • Rogan, Johnny (1998), The Complete Guide to the Music of The Kinks, London, UK: Omnibus Press, ISBN 0-7119-6314-2 
  • Kitts, Thomas (2007), Ray Davies: Not Like Everybody Else, London, UK: Routledge, ISBN 0-415-97769-X 
  • Miller, Andy (2003), The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society, London, UK: Continuum International Publishing Group, ISBN 0-8264-1498-2 
  • Davies, Ray (1995), X-Ray, New York, NY: Overlook Press, ISBN 0-87951-611-9 
  • Davies, Dave (1996), Kink, New York, NY: Hyperion, ISBN 0-7868-8269-7 
Album notes