Kinks Import, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
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The mono version of the first album would have been enough for me but it doesn't stop there. There's also the stereo version which, though not that interesting itself, does include a somewhat unexpected reverb-tinged version of "You Really Got Me". It's a curious artefact but lacks the power of the better known version. Still, at least we get a chance to hear it. And then there are the demos and mono singles that appear on the 2nd ½ of disc 1. Regardless of your views of the first album you cannot deny that as a singles outfit, The Kinks were always exceptional. All the evidence is here in bucket-loads. Dig the proto-punk power of "All Day And All Of The Night" and "Louie Louie"! Definitely one for '60s garage-rock aficionados and hoodlum aspirants.
Beyond the music, though, is outstanding sound quality. I don't mean in an "audiophile" sense since that was never what this music was about but in the sense of preserving the musical integrity and capturing the essence of the Muswell Hill boys' artistry. The sound on these discs is strong, bold and exciting in a way that the other CD reissues of their material simply isn't. Heck, it's even better than the original 45s.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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".Read more ›
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This was a gift for a very special person. She loved it! Perfect condition and sound quality. It has already been enjoyed many times. Thanks Amazon!Published 6 months ago by carol
Packed job is better than Amazon! Ernie B's is awesome!!! ThanksPublished 9 months ago by Neil T. Odonnell
When you have lived in the 60's, you had all this great music and wonder what would happen if there were different versions of albums and singles and what would they sound like. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Joe Eastlack
Like their early songs the best and replaces an album long lost.Published 14 months ago by Richard L Johnson
Their early recording's are great! I now have everything up to Everyone's in Showbiz and then some!Published 15 months ago by Dexter Hutton
I am a great fan of the Kinks having bought some 20 of their albums. I recently bought this CD in the form of their first two albums plus some bonus tracks, after not having... Read morePublished 15 months ago by D Sparkman