Kinks (studio album) by The Kinks

Kinks by The Kinks
Year: 1964
Overall rank: 1,941st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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73/100 (from 288 votes)
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Award Top 10 albums of 1964 (10th)
Award Top albums of the 1960s (186th)
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Kinks, the - You Really Got Me - The Very Best of the Kinks - Kinks, the CD XBVG
Condition: Very Good

The Kinks,BMG,"Kwyet Kinks",UK,7" EP with P/C,reissue,In Shrink,1965 hits,Mint
Condition: Used

The Kinks - Kinks [New CD] Bonus Track, England - Import
Condition: Brand New

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From 09/12/2022 05:21
Like most albums of the time this is mainly covers with a few original compositions which is a shame as You Really Got Me and Stop Your Sobbing (covered by the Pretenders) show what a great songwriter Ray Davies is
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From 07/06/2022 09:22
A collection of harmless catchy songs that don't really go any further than that. There are some of them which are obviously more effective than others that get stuck in your head after you listen. Quite a few of them just don't hit and don't catch on at all and that basically makes the whole song redundant. This is because if the track isn't catchy and fun then there is no real substance behind it as the music and lyrics are pretty simplistic and the whole record lacks experimentation. This is most likely due to the time period it came out in. Overall, if your looking for a few songs that will make you feel upbeat and to sing a long to then this is a great pick for you but that is all there is to the album.
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From 06/03/2022 21:07
Actually Pretty Good. As good as some early Beatles imo. Not prime Kinks yet, but still pretty good
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From 04/26/2022 20:34
Solid 1964 raw britrock
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From 01/19/2021 09:12
Besides the classic "You Really Got Me" not very interesting. Sounds like early Beatles, but less interesting.
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From 10/03/2020 23:52

Best tracks: Just Can't Go to Sleep, You Really Got Me, Cadillac
Worst tracks: Long Tall Shorty, Bald Headed Woman, Too Much Monkey Business, I've Been Driving On Bald Mountain, Got Love If You Want It
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From 04/01/2020 17:59
A great example of a band who knows to realize strange ideas within rock 'n' roll without just grabbing to different genres or cultures, and all in all: just keeping it rock 'n' roll.
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From 09/15/2016 01:48
Really "You really got me" is an alien here. Such a contrast with the rest wich is primitive brit R&B that too many bands were doing much better than this album at the time.

Ray Davies would write awesome songs in the future but here the only really worth one is the influentail You really got me.
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From 05/22/2016 16:38
The debut album from The Kinks is a raw beat record. About a third of the record is original material from Ray Davies, the rest being cover versions. It's an enjoyable LP that sounds nothing like the band would do in three or four years time but a lot of it does sound the same. Most famous song on the album is, you really got me, a classic rock track, and, stop your sobbin', would later be a hit for the Pretenders, featuring of course, Ray's future wife. All in all, an okay debut, but the best was certainly yet to come.
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From 02/24/2016 22:21
Way better than an early Stones or Beach Boys and possibly even on par and in some ways better than early Beatles work.
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Best Albums of 1964
1. A Hard Day's Night by The Beatles
2. Getz/Gilberto by Stan Getz & João Gilberto
3. The Times They Are A-Changin' by Bob Dylan
4. Beatles For Sale by The Beatles
5. Out To Lunch! by Eric Dolphy
6. Another Side Of Bob Dylan by Bob Dylan
7. Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica by The Ronettes
8. Ain't That Good News by Sam Cooke
9. Where Did Our Love Go by The Supremes
10. Kinks by The Kinks
11. The Sidewinder by Lee Morgan
12. Empyrean Isles by Herbie Hancock
13. The Animals by The Animals
14. Meet The Beatles! by The Beatles
15. Song For My Father by Horace Silver Quintet
16. Folk Singer by Muddy Waters
17. "Live" At The Star-Club, Hamburg by Jerry Lee Lewis
18. The Rolling Stones by The Rolling Stones
19. Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus by Charles Mingus
20. Dust Bowl Ballads by Woody Guthrie
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