Set Me Free (The Kinks song)

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"Set Me Free"
Set Me Free Kinks cover.jpg
Single by The Kinks
B-side "I Need You"
Released 21 May 1965 (UK)
26 May 1965 (US)
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 13-14 April 1965 at Pye Studios (No. 1), London
Genre Rock, beat
Length 2:12
Label Pye 7N 15854 (UK)
Reprise 0379 (US)
Writer(s) Ray Davies
Producer(s) Shel Talmy
The Kinks singles chronology
"Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy"
"Set Me Free"
"See My Friends"

"Set Me Free" is a song by Ray Davies, released first by The Kinks in 1965. Along with "Tired of Waiting for You", it is one of band's first attempts at a softer, more introspective sound. The song's B-side, "I Need You", makes prominent use of powerchords in the style of The Kinks' early, "raunchy" sound. "Set Me Free" can be heard on the Ken Loach BBC television drama "Up the Junction" from November, 1965, and marks the first appearance of a Kinks song on a film or TV soundtrack.

Chart positions[edit]


  1. ^ The Kinks in the UK Charts, The Official Charts. Retrieved 3 August 2011.