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Kinks [Import, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

The KinksAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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The Kinks were formed by brothers Ray and Dave Davies in their hometown of Muswell Hill, North London. The brothers began playing skiffle and rock and roll, recruiting Peter Quaife to play bass with them. By the summer of 1963, as The Ravens, they'd recruited drummer Mickey Willet. Eventually their demo tape reached American record producer Shel Talmy who helped the band land a contract ... Read more in Amazon's The Kinks Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 7, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Essential Records (UK)
  • ASIN: B000006B8B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,228 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Beautiful Delilah
2. So Mystifying
3. Just Can't Go To Sleep
4. Long Tall Shorty
5. I Took My Baby Home
6. I'm A Lover Not A Fighter
7. You Really Got Me
8. Cadillac
9. Bald Headed Woman
10. Revenge
11. Too Much Monkey Business
12. I've Been Driving On Bald Mountain
13. Stop Your Sobbing
14. Got Love If You Want It
15. Long Tall Sally
16. You Still Want Me
17. You Do Something To Me
18. It's Alright
19. All Day And All Of The Night
20. I Gotta Move
See all 26 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Remastered with Additional Bonus Tracks. Repackaged with Original Artwork Including New Sleeve Notes and Lyrics. Bonus Tracks Include: ælong Tall SallyÆ, æyou Still Want MeÆ, æyou Do Something to MeÆ, æi Gotta Go NowÆ, æi've Got that FeelingÆ, ælouielouieÆ and More.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Is Where It All Began January 8, 2000
Format:Audio CD
After a couple of failed singles in the U.K. (included as bonus tracks on this Castle reissue), the Kinks unleashed their trademark sound on the classic "You Really Got Me" and helped launch thousands of garage bands across the country in the mid-sixties. [Let's face it, there was nothing terribly complex about their music, but it rocked!]
With the success of "You Really Got Me," the Kinks were rushed into the studio to record this, their first full length album. As such, fewer than half of the songs are Ray Davies originals. But among those are the classic "Stop Your Sobbin'" (from the original album release) and from among the generous 12 bonus tracks on this reissue are "All Day and All of the Night" and the should-have-been-hits "I Gotta Go Now" and "Things Are Getting Better."
The covers are typical of other R&B-influenced groups of the period like the Rolling Stones. The Kinks work through respectable versions of Chuck Berry's "Too Much Monkey Business" and "Beautiful Delilah," as well as bluesman Slim Harpo's "Got Love If You Want It."
The Castle reissues of the Kinks' first ten albums illustrate that the Beatles weren't the only British group to have their U.K. releases doctored before they reached these shores. Essentially what this Castle reissue amounts to is the Kinks' first two U.S. albums [You Really Got Me and Kinks-Size (minus "Tired of Waiting for You" and "Come on Now"--both on the Castle reissue Kina Kinks)] plus five bonus tracks.
Bonus tracks include the first two singles: a Little Richard cover of "Long Tall Sally" and Ray's "You Still Want Me" and the B-side "You Do Something to Me.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Two discs-66,61 minutes each approximately. The discs were made in Germany. The sound is improved from the original thin production of the LP, and subsequent CD editions. The discs snap in, inside a quad-fold cardboard holder, which has nice graphics, and track information on the back. The booklet is well done, with a good synopsis of the KINKS and their music, along with some good period photographs and graphics.

The KINKS first album, released in 1964, is a collection of several different styles of music. There's rock 'n' roll ("Too Much Monkey Business", "Cadillac", etc.), r&b/blues ("Long Tall Shorty", "Got Love If You Want It"), something approaching folk-rock ("I've Been Driving On Bald Mountain"), beat ("Just Can't Go To Sleep"), and a number of pop songs. This "quicky" approach sounds like a collection of various styles rather than a coherent album. But in the early days this was the way albums were done-rushed out for release to capitalize on a hit single or two, with the rest of the album filled out with usually lesser tunes.

This album has a number of good, exciting tracks-certainly as good as most other bands who released a full LP (as opposed to an EP), on a usually small budget. This album is a good example of early/mid 60's English rock. Of course the hit "You Really Got Me" is here in all it's glory. This song has one of the best, primal electric guitar solos in rock 'n' roll-noisy, passionate, and immediate sounding. The same can be said for "All Day And All Of The Night", heard in pure mono.

The original album (in stereo) is on the first disc, along with a number of mono demos, singles, a couple of tunes by the (pre-KINKS) BOLL-WEEVILS from 1963, and tracks from the EP "Kinksize Session".
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60 of 73 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon, please fix this. May 3, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Not really one star on a track-by-track basis, but this is not an accurate description of this album. As far as I can tell, this is the current US Sanctuary release, including only 2 bonus tracks. Don't confuse the US Sanctuary release in with the UK Castle release! The UK Castle release has 26 tracks, making it a much better deal. Same front cover, very different track listing.
Don't buy this CD. Look for "Kinks" Castle; ASIN: B000006B8B, which has all these tracks and 10 more, and is being sold for less by Amazon.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous sound for The Kinks debut. June 20, 2011
Format:Audio CD
The Kinks first was just like The Stones and The Beatles firsts a LP with 50/50 orginals/covers. The later half consists of rooty blues or pioneer-rock (Berry, Diddley). Raw and charming and Dave Davies sings on 4/7 of them. After all it was his band before Ray "Big Brother" Davies came into the picture and this material reflects their repertoire back then so it makes sense. But its Ray who sings on the musical most successfull one: Slim Harpos "Got Love If You Want It" where the band alternate from sneaking blues to intense frenzy, to and fro quite different from the orginal, in a most dynamic way. A really great cover. (Its interesting that their pupils and soon to come rivals the High Numbers, later The Who, approximately simultaneously recorded the same song stolen and renamed to "Im The Face" by their manager Peter Meaden. More straight without the kinky alternations but very promising still the same).

But it is the orginals, the arrival of Ray Davies as a composer that provides the most exitment on this album. I can count to four evidence of his genius as a songwriter on "The Kinks":
"Just Cant Go To Sleep" - gorgeous merseypop.
"I Took My Baby Home" - harpdriven beatpop about a girl who takes what she wants (the guy) and says whats what. Womens lib in popform? Wow indeed!
"Stop Your Sobbin" - sweet pop with a melody to kill for. The Pretenders breakthrough 14 years later. And...
"You Really Got Me" - With a guitarriff that still floors me after all these years, with the blusy melody that drills through granite, with a guitarsolo from Pluto, with the dripping piano in the background, with THE SOUND! Its been accused for beeing the embryo to heavy metal, punk and all kind of upheaval. If there ever was an epoch-making recording, this is it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Classic Album
I don't know why this album doesn't show up higher on people's favorite album of all time lists, I think The Kinks were always underrated among their peers and it's a shame. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jeff Felker
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the deluxe version of the Kinks First Album
It has all the great tracks that the original British Album had and some of the songs were not on the American album when it was released on Reprise in the United States. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bradford Paulson
5.0 out of 5 stars A ruly great album but it has the wrong tracks on it.
I enjoyed getting this compact disc but I found out it had the wrong tracks on it. A great album.
Published 10 months ago by Bradford Paulson
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock On!
As a lifelong Kinks fan it is really good to hear some of these previously unreleased and/or seldom heard Kinks songs. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Rick Copalellol
4.0 out of 5 stars almost a classic
I remember when I first bought it based on "You Really Got Me". Mostly great songs but "Too Much Monkey Business" sounds so uninspired. "Got Love if you Want it" Great tune. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Douglas M. Dalida
5.0 out of 5 stars kinks album
this album was made in 1964 and in my opinion was their best i heard the kinks
play some of these songs on ready steady go the 60s rock show
Published 24 months ago by david thewlis
5.0 out of 5 stars CD - Kinks
Thank you so much for such a pleasant transaction. It was a birthday gift and my friend was very surprised and has told me many times how much he enjoys listening to his Kinks CD.
Published on October 11, 2011 by Wanda
3.0 out of 5 stars Yet another Kinks reissue
It's a little bit ironic that Kinks fans are falling over themselves to praise this set of reissues. Read more
Published on June 27, 2011 by Stephen Magee
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar Package of '60s Tough-Guy R 'n' B and Proto-Garage Punk
How you feel about the Kinks debut LP depends on how you feel about 60's-white-kids attempting to play R 'n' B. Read more
Published on June 5, 2011 by mojo_navigator
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds Great
Just picked up the newly remaster trio of Kink's albums out on Sanctuary records. The Sound is great. The tracks are "loud" and clear. They put earlier remasters to shame. Read more
Published on May 1, 2011 by NRG
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