Kinda Kinks

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Kinda Kinks
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Studio album by The Kinks
Released 5 March 1965 (1965-03-05)
Recorded 17 December 1964 – 17 February 1965
Studio Pye Studios, London
Genre
Length 27:37
Label
Producer Shel Talmy
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Singles from Kinda Kinks
  1. "Tired of Waiting for You"/"Come on Now"
    Released: 15 January 1965

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.

Production[edit]

The album was recorded immediately after the return of the group from an Asian tour, and was completed and released within two weeks.[1][2][3] Consequently, the production was rushed and, according to Ray Davies, the band was not completely satisfied with the final cuts.[2][3] 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."[citation needed]

Releases[edit]

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.[4] The album itself hit #3 on the UK Album Charts.[4]

"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.[5]

Legacy[edit]

Bruce Eder, in a restrospective summary for 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.[2]

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 Me 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" (Ray Davies, Dave 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", "Come On Now", "I Need You"

Cover versions[edit]

  • "Something Better Beginning" was released by The Honeycombs as a single in 1965.
  • "Tired of Waiting for You" was covered by The Flock on their first album The Flock in 1969.
  • "Everybody's Gonna Be Happy" was covered by Queens of the Stone Age on the limited edition version of their Songs for the Deaf album.
  • Queens of the Stone Age also covered "Who'll Be the Next in Line" on their Stone Age Complications album.
  • "Come on Now" was covered by the Pussywillows on their 12" EP, Spring Fever!, and by The Plimsouls on their album One Night in America.
  • "Tired of Waiting for You" was covered by Green Day for the Howard Stern movie Private Parts. It also appeared on their 2002 B-sides compilation, Shenanigans.
  • "Nothing in This World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That Girl" was covered by Mark Lanegan in 2000 for the Kinks tribute album, Give the People What We Want - Songs of the Kinks (Sub Pop SPCD575). More recently, it was covered by Solvents on the Wes Anderson tribute album I Saved Latin.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Kinks: All Day and All of the Night, A Guide by Doug Hinman
  2. ^ a b c Bruce Eder. "Kinda Kinks review on All Music.com". Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  3. ^ a b Kinda Kinks CD liner notes
  4. ^ a b The Kinks in the UK Charts Archived 24 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine., The Official Charts. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  5. ^ Emlen, Dave. "Kinks Chart History". 

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