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Kinks Import, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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
  21. "Louie, Louie
  22. I Gotta Go Now
  23. Things Are Getting Better
  24. I've Got That Feeling
  25. Too Much Monkey Business(Unreleased Alternate
  26. I Don't Need You Anymore(Previously Unreleased)


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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,334 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
How you feel about the Kinks debut LP depends on how you feel about 60's-white-kids attempting to play R 'n' B. I generally view this positively so I rate this record as one of the `60s finest. It's tough, punchy and delinquent. At times it's somewhat derivative and unoriginal but who cares? Like the early Stones and Link Wray, "Kinks" inspires feelings of unsociability and juvenile delinquency even though most of us are way past that stage of life. This ain't nostalgia - it really makes you want to go out and steal hubcabs.

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.
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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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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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