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Thursday, 11 August 2016

Let The Day Begin...Let The Day Start!: Day 224 The Kinks

Kinda Kinks - The Kinks
Produced by Shel Talmy
Released 11th August 1965
US Chart #60

 Tracklist US Version
 A1     Look For Me Baby
A2     Got My Feet On The Ground
A3     Nothin' In The World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That Girl
A4     Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight
A5     Set Me Free
B1     Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy
B2     Dancing In The Street
B3     Don't Ever Change
B4     So Long
B5     You Shouldn't Be Sad
B6     Something Better Beginning

Like yesterday where we got stuck in the 1960s with The Mamas and The Papas, we rewind a couple of years to 1965 and the release of the second album from The Kinks.

In the States Kinda Kinks was actually the third release by their American label Reprise. Kinks-Size was the second one and had been released in March 1965 and was kind of a compilation of an EP, album tracks and Singles and had reached #13 in the charts.

On this day in musical history Kinda Kinks was released in America five months after its release in the United Kingdom.

For the US version, three tracks were dropped: "Naggin' Woman" would be held over for the US only Kinkdom LP, and both sides of their recent hit single, "Tired of Waiting for You" and "Come On Now", were already placed on the previous US album Kinks-Size. These were replaced with the recent single "Set Me Free" and "Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy" (recently issued as a B-side in the US but originally a single in the UK).

The album didn't do as well as their US Debut Album You Really Got Me, it was basically Kinks renamed minus a few tracks from the original UK release. The Debut had reached #29 in the US but the follow up stalled at #60.

Now the reasoning behind this could be the fact that when the album was recorded it was basically rushed out two weeks after recording was completed and therefore it's not mixed as well as it should have been. The band apparently were not too happy with the mix believing that they actually had much better songs than the Debut Album but due to the roughness of the mix those songs maybe didn't stand out as well as they should have.

Tired of Waiting for You became their second #1 single in the UK and peaked at #6 in the US.

Kinda Kinks - The Kinks
Produced by Shel Talmy
Released 5th March 1965
UK Chart #3

Tracklist UK Version
A1     Look For Me Baby    
A2     Got My Feet On The Ground    
A3     Nothin' In The World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That Girl    
A4     Naggin' Woman    
A5     Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight    
A6     Tired Of Waiting For You    
B1     Dancing In The Street    
B2     Don't Ever Change    
B3     Come On Now    
B4     So Long    
B5     You Shouldn't Be Sad    
B6     Something Better Beginning

Let The Day Begin...Let The Day Start!
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