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Kinda Kinks Import

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Digitally remastered and expanded deluxe two CD edition of the British band's 1965 album including a plethora of bonus tracks. Kinda Kinks, the band's second release, is more or less of a piece with its predecessor. On the previous album, however, the band had used covers to fill the spaces between the Ray Davies originals, and here the tracks are almost all penned by Davies. Davies' lovelorn songs had yet to fully flower into elegies for disappearing lifestyles and values, but his wistful melodicism can be heard in tunes such as 'Something Better Beginning', 'Don't Ever Change' and 'So Long', which mingle quite nicely with the pop propulsion of 'Tired Of Waiting'. With the focus so squarely on the singing songwriter, it's almost easy to forget how powerful the rest of the ensemble was-a tight little Rock 'n' Roll band of the highest order.

1. Everybody's Gonna Be Happy mono single
2. Who'll Be The Next In Line mono single
3. Set Me Free mono single
4. I Need You mono single
5. See My Friends mono single
6. Never Met A Girl Like You Before mono single
7. A Well Respected Man mono ep
8. Such A Shame mono ep
9. Wait Till The Summer Comes Along mono ep
10. Don't You Fret mono ep
11. I Go To Sleep Demo Version
12. When I See That Girl Of Mine Demo Version
13. Tell Me Now So I'll Know Demo Version
14. A Little Bit Of Sunlight Demo Version
15. There's A New World Just Opening For Me Demo Version
16. This I Know Demo Version
17. See My Friends Alt Take
18. Come On Now Alt Vocal
19. You Shouldn't Be Sad BBC Version
20. Tired Of Waiting For You BBC Version
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 19, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B004E9OLZS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,235 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Steve Lanzarotta on May 8, 2011
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I have always thought the original British release of "Kinda Kinks" (disc one in this reissue) was the weakest of all Kinks albums. True, there are many Ray Davies original compositions, and "Tired of Waiting for You" is one of their biggest hits. However, the album was largely recorded over three days between tours and promotions, and the hurried nature of the record is accompanied by songs about a woman that the singer is in turn hiding from, can't find, is out of reach, is too possessive, is gone, is sad, is changing, is late (in two songs!), is wronged, and is generally causing some sort of unhappiness. While this is somewhat typical of the Kinks, it adds up to an experience of concentrated anxiety. The beauty of the final song on disc one,"Something Better Beginning," somewhat redeems the album, but many of its songs are not among the Kinks' best.

However, the revelation of the first three recent deluxe Kinks reissues is the second disc of "Kinda Kinks." Recorded mostly over the first half of 1965, the first ten songs of disc two, plus two of the other bonus tracks ("I Go to Sleep" and "This Strange Effect") would have made a tremendous album in its time (in the U.S., "Kinks Kingdom" was almost this album) and shows amazing growth for the young group. It shines a spotlight on the parallel universe that existed between the Kinks early singles recordings and their albums.

Disc two starts off with "Everybody's Gonna Be Happy," which immediately lightens things up (even though it was the least successful early single of the Kinks, it is really quite good).
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Although it lacked the one-two punch of the major hit singles on the band's debut album, "Kinda Kinks" is actually a better and more consistent album. Why? The reason comes down to the increased confidence from main Kinks songwriter/singer Ray Davies and the fact that he penned more originals for this album than the debut. It also has two of Ray's seminal songs "Something Better Beginning" and "Tired of Waiting for You" brilliant songs that showcases how much Ray had grown between the first and second albums. Ray writes everything but two tracks here for their second full length album on disc one quite an accomplishment given that neither the Stones nor The Beatles had done so by their second albums (the first album of all original Beatles compositions was "A Hard Day's Night" their third album and Lennon & McCartney split the chores).

The previous 1998 reissue had a single disc with 23 tracks half of them from singles, EP's and with 1 previously unreleased gem Ray's demo for the great song "I Go To Sleep". All of those tracks have been retained for this edition and there are an additional 12 tracks that have been added to this edition.

The remastering here by Andrew Sandoval and Dan Hersch does justice to the material without trying to make it sound like many of the loud remasters that have littered shelves over the past decade. It is louder with some compression applied compared to the original PRT CD releases but, that aside, sounds extremely good. Whether or not these will sound better if you have the first CD issues will depend on your ears. I think that Hersch and Sandoval have done a good job of balancing retaining dynamics without making these a wall of harsh sound.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By mojo_navigator on June 8, 2011
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"Kinda Kinks" is both an improvement on and a regression from the first album. The bad news is that it lacks the coherency of "Kinks". The songs here don't really hang together as an album. Gawd, there's a lot of filler on this. A good 40% of it is unlistenable, e.g. "Dancing In The Streets", a lame motown cover and "Naggin' Woman", an unimaginative and stereotypical blues jam. To make up for it though, the material that does connect easily blows away the best of anything they'd done to date. Remove the filler and this would be a perfect album.

While the debut was characterised by its relentless tough-guy pounding, "Kinda Kinks" combines both the visceral onslaught of their earlier material ("Look For Me Baby", "Come On Now") with a new-found thoughtful introspection ("Nothin in the world...", "So Long"). Both these qualities come together in one song and the records finest moment. "Tired Of Waiting For You" is a basic and primitive recording that has not dated one iota since its release all those generations ago. It's a recording that perfectly encapsulates the finest qualities of the Kinks by contrasting both crude, masculine guitar punch with dreamy femininity and delicacy.

The Kinks during this period were much stronger with the 45/EP formats and they are all here on this deluxe edition. Tracks 1 - 8 of disc 2 represent one of the most exhilarating musical sequences I've ever heard and one that pushes the tough/gentle qualities of the album even further. One of the great things about the Kinks is discovering hidden gems that are easily the equal of their more celebrated numbers. One such nugget is "Such A Shame", a moody and deceptively simple song that is perfectly crafted in its atmosphere of seething resentment and intensity.
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