ARTIST: The Kinks
YEAR RELEASED: 1964
CHART ACTION: #29 US, #3 UK
SINGLES: You Really Got Me (#7 US, #1 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Stop Your Sobbing
LINEUP: Ray Davies, Dave Davies, Pete Quaife, Mick Avory + session guys like Jimmy Page and Jon Lord. No Page didn’t play on You Really Got Me.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First full album by the famous Brit band recorded to capitalize on the success of You Really Got Me. Unfortunately, the rush job shows.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: After a couple of unsuccessful singles, Ray Davies came up with the classic “You Really Got Me”. It’s world famous, as you know. The band rushed into the studio with just a handful of Davies originals and a lot of cover versions they played in their live shows.
Let’s just say the album could be named “You Really Got Me, with Stop Your Sobbing and 12 Others”. Those two tracks, plus a couple of Davies originals, are the only standouts.
The rest would be exiled if I didn’t think I was going to collect most every Kinks album. On second thought, nah, the bad ones are just soooo bad.
NOTES & MINUTAE: The US version contains only 11 cuts, not 14. They squeezed two whole extra Kinks albums out of their first three UK releases, thanks to pruning and appending some singles.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: The Deluxe version streaming has over 50 songs! It has both the mono and stereo mixes of the album, plus demos, their first two failed singles, some BBC tracks, an UK EP and most importantly, the A and B side of their next single, “All Day & All of the Night”. That last one? A true keeper for any library.
GRADE: C-: If it didn’t have You Really Got Me and Stop Your Sobbing, it could have been a D or D-. They sound like the teenage band they were covering Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley.