Kinks is the self-titled debut album by English rock band The Kinks, released in 1964. It was released with three tracks omitted as You Really Got Me in the United States. The album was re-released in 1998 in the UK on Castle Records with twelve bonus tracks. This reissue was itself reissued in 2004 on the Sanctuary label.
Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine. An early highlight of the British Invasion that artfully chronicled British life past and present, fueled by the songwriting genius of Ray Davies.
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The Kinks were active for over three decades between 1964 and 1996, releasing 28 regular albums in the UK (24 studio, four live), and 30 in the USA (24 studio, four live, two compilation), where the early albums were slightly different from the British albums partly due to the method that publishing royalties were calculated in the two countries, partly due to difference in popularity of the extended play format (the UK market liked it, the US market didn't, so US albums had the EP releases bundled.
The Kinks debut album was in no way a groundbreaking album. It was not innovating and memorable. Very fast and loud rock and roll that even predated the legendary Who! Kinks is chock filled with R&B (Rhythm and blues) covers and beat music. There was a problem; The Kinks were NOT a very good R&B band to begin with. But it is fun to hear a young band showing off their chops early on. Five of these songs were penned by big brother Ray Davies and they are far superior to the covers! (Especially that ONE song everyone knows; more on that later) With that being said let’s see what’s on the menu: Track 1 – Beautiful Delilah The album opens up with a Chuck Berry cover
Poul Ruders’ new opera, based on a little-known Brothers Grimm story, veers between neoromanticism and something a little edgier . Friends from Aaron Desner to Sarah Silverman cover songs from Frightened Rabbit’s 2008 album and prove Scott Hutchison’s enduring talent all over again.