The album was recorded immediately after the return of the group from an Asian tour, and was completed and released within two weeks. Consequently, the production was rushed and, according to Ray Davies, the band was not completely satisfied with the final cuts. 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."
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.
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.
"Got My Feet on the Ground" (R. Davies/D. Davies) - 2:14
"Nothin' in the World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That Girl" - 2:44
"Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight" - 2:01
"Set Me Free" - 2:12
"Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy" - 2:16
"Dancing in the Street" (Gaye, Stevenson, Hunter) - 2:20
"Don't Ever Change" - 2:25
"So Long" - 2:10
"You Shouldn't Be Sad" - 2:03
"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).
"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.