Kinks (album)

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Studio album by The Kinks
Released 2 October 1964 (1964-10-02)
  • August 1964, Pye Studios No. 2
  • "I Took My Baby Home": 24 January, Pye Studios No. 1
  • "You Really Got Me": July 1964, IBC Studios
Length 32:54
Producer Shel Talmy
The Kinks chronology
Kinda Kinks
(1965)Kinda Kinks1965
The Kinks American chronology
You Really Got Me
(1964) You Really Got Me1964
(1965) Kinks-Size1965
Singles from Kinks
  1. "You Really Got Me"
    Released: 4 August 1964

Kinks is the self-titled debut album by English rock band The Kinks, released in 1964. It was released with three tracks omitted as You Really Got Me in the US.

The album was re-released in 1998 in the UK on Castle Records with twelve bonus tracks. This reissue was itself reissued in 2004 on the Sanctuary label. A deluxe edition was released on 28 March 2011.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Allmusic assessed the album as lacking in consistency, commenting that "As R&B cover artists, the Kinks weren't nearly as adept as the Stones and Yardbirds; Ray Davies' original tunes were, "You Really Got Me" aside, perfunctory Mersey Beat-ish pastiches; and [the] tunes that producer Shel Talmy penned for the group... were simply abominable."[1] Rock critic Mike Saunders of Rolling Stone described the album as one of their "successful rock and roll albums".[2]

Track listing[edit]

UK release (Pye NPL 18096 mono: NSPL 83021 stereo)[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Beautiful Delilah" Chuck Berry 2:07
2. "So Mystifying" Ray Davies 2:58
3. "Just Can't Go to Sleep" Davies 1:58
4. "Long Tall Shorty" Herb Abramson, Don Covay 2:50
5. "I Took My Baby Home" Davies 1:48
6. "I'm a Lover Not a Fighter" J. D. "Jay" Miller 2:03
7. "You Really Got Me" Davies 2:13
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
8. "Cadillac" Bo Diddley 2:44
9. "Bald Headed Woman" Shel Talmy 2:41
10. "Revenge" Davies, Larry Page 1:29
11. "Too Much Monkey Business" Chuck Berry 2:16
12. "I've Been Driving on Bald Mountain" Talmy 2:01
13. "Stop Your Sobbing" Davies 2:06
14. "Got Love If You Want It" James Moore 3:46

US Release You Really Got Me (Reprise R-6143 (mono) RS-6143 (stereo)) track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Beautiful Delilah" (Chuck Berry) - 2:07
  2. "So Mystifying" - 2:53
  3. "Just Can't Go to Sleep" - 1:58
  4. "Long Tall Shorty" (Herb Abramson, Don Covay) - 2:50
  5. "You Really Got Me" - 2:13
Side two
  1. "Cadillac" (Ellas McDaniel) - 2:45
  2. "Bald Headed Woman" (Traditional; arranged Shel Talmy) - 2:41
  3. "Too Much Monkey Business" (Chuck Berry) - 2:15
  4. "I've Been Driving on Bald Mountain" (Traditional; arranged Shel Talmy) - 2:01
  5. "Stop Your Sobbing" - 2:10
  6. "Got Love If You Want It" (Slim Harpo) - 3:45

The US version is missing three tracks. "I Took My Baby Home" had already been licensed to Cameo in the US as the B-side to "Long Tall Sally" and so could not be included. "I'm a Lover Not a Fighter" and the instrumental "Revenge" were held over for the US-only Kinks-Size album.


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  1. ^ a b c Unterberger, Richie. "The Kinks: Kinks" at AllMusic. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
  2. ^ Mike Saunders (1972-05-25). "The Kink Kronikles | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-06-13.