TITLE: Kinda Kinks
YEAR RELEASED: 1965
CHART ACTION: #60 US #3 UK
SINGLES: Tired of Waiting for You (#6 US, #1 UK). The deluxe version has a boatload of other US and UK singles.
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Come On Now, Something Better Beginning.
LINEUP: Ray Davies, Dave Davies, Pete Quaife, Mick Avory
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The second Kinks record is a great improvement from the first. It still sounds rushed, but Ray Davies’ songs are much stronger. The deluxe version shows that Davies and the group were hitting their stride.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Recorded right after arriving back home following an Asian tour, and released two weeks later, the second UK Kinks album (third in the US) shows the band maturing. There are only two covers, and they’re rather perfunctory (and they’re exiled). The originals are stronger as a whole, and “Tired of Waiting for You” plus “Something Better Beginning” shows a great leap forward for Ray Davies, in that the promise of “Stop Your Sobbing” is fulfilled and then some.
Dave Davies also has his first moment to really shine in “Come On Now”, which is just a fun tune that gets you up and moving.
What’s great about the age we’re in now is that the Deluxe version gives such a broad picture of the Kinks at the time. “Set Me Free”, “I Need You”, “Well Respected Man”, “Everybody’s Gonna Be Happy”, “See My Friend” and “Who’ll Be the Next in Line” were all singles and EP cuts released soon after this album. I’m only grading the actual album itself, but the Deluxe version makes it a B+ and not a B-.
NOTES & MINUTAE: Well, Pye Records in the UK didn’t want to release “Well Respected Man” as a single because it ran counter to the Kinks other singles, which were all up-tempo. However, the song was a big hit in the US and in Europe, while in the UK it was on an EP, then released on a compilation album in 1966.
Also, Reprise in the US cranked out one more US only album after this, making it five albums out of three + singles + Eps from the UK.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: That’s what I’ve been raving about.
GRADE: B-: Again, that’s for the regular version. I’m exiling the covers and some of the demos on the deluxe version and making my own great Kinda Kinks record!