The Kingsmen Volume II

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The Kingsmen Volume II
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Studio album by The Kingsmen
Released 1964
Genre Garage rock
Length 35:59
Label Wand
Producer Jerden Productions, Stan Green
The Kingsmen chronology
The Kingsmen in Person
(1963)The Kingsmen in Person1963
The Kingsmen Volume II
The Kingsmen Volume 3
(1965)The Kingsmen Volume 31965

The Kingsmen Volume II is the second album by the rock band The Kingsmen, released in 1964.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.0/5 stars[1]

The Kingsmen released Volume II (subtitled "More Great Sounds From The Group That Gave You "Louie, Louie") to capitalize on the continued success of "Louie Louie" and recent hits "Little Latin Lupe Lu" (#46) and "Death Of An Angel" (#42). As with the first album, crowd noise overdubs were added to simulate a live performance. It first appeared on the Billboard Top LPs chart September 26, 1964, and remained for 37 weeks, peaking at #15.[2]

The album title is "Volume II" on the front of the LP jacket and "Volume 2" on the back and on both record labels. Initial pressings of the album had "And You Believed Him" as the last track, but "Death Of An Angel" was substituted mid-production along with a yellow sticker at the bottom of the LP jacket proclaiming "Featuring Death Of An Angel." Later pressings had the revised track list on the cover.

The LP was released in both mono (WDM 659) and stereo (WDS 659) versions. International releases included Canada (Reo 674) and United Kingdom (Pye International NPL 28054, different cover). In 1993 Sundazed and Bear Family reissued the album on CD with bonus tracks "And You Believed Him" and "Give Her Lovin'" while removing the crowd noise overdubs on all tracks.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Kingsmen Introduction – 2:11 (Lynn Easton)
  2. Little Latin Lupe Lu – 2:36 (Phil Medley)
  3. Long Green – 2:38 (Lynn Easton)
  4. Do You Love Me – 2:37 (Berry Gordy)
  5. New Orleans – 2:24 (Frank Guida, Joseph Royster)
  6. Walking the Dog – 2:09 (Rufus Thomas)
  7. David's Mood – 2:07 (Dave Lewis)
  8. Something's Got a Hold on Me – 3:10 (Pearl Woods, Etta James, Leroy Kirkland)
  9. Let the Good Times Roll – 1:53 (Shirley Goodman, Leonard Lee)
  10. Ooh Poo Pah Doo – 3:02 (Jessie Hill)
  11. Great Balls of Fire – 1:48 (Otis Blackwell, Jack Hammer)[3]
  12. Linda Lou – 2:33 (Ray Sharpe)
  13. Death of An Angel – 2:33 (Donald Woods)
  14. And You Believed Him† – 2:31 (Lynn Easton)
  15. Give Her Lovin'† – 1:47 (Lynn Easton)

† CD bonus tracks

Note: Times are from the Sundazed reissue CD and differ in some cases from listings on the original Wand LP.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1964) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top LPs 15

Musicians and production[edit]

  • Lynn Easton: vocals, saxophone
  • Mike Mitchell: guitar
  • Barry Curtis: keyboards
  • Dick Peterson: drums
  • Norm Sundholm: bass
  • Produced by Jerdan (sic) Productions and Stan Green
  • Liner notes by Wink Martindale (KFWB)
  • CD booklet layout: Jeff Smith


  1. ^ a b "The Kingsmen, Volume II track list". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Albums. Menomonee Falls, WI: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-117-9. 
  3. ^ LP and CD incorrectly cite J.L. Lewis as songwriter.