Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Kinks – Kinda Kinks (Deluxe Edition) (Sanctuary, 2011)

This deluxe edition of an early (1965) album by The Kinks includes the original album on Disc One and a collection of mono tracks, EP’s and BBC sessions on the second disc. The title album was recorded just after a big tour when the band was having little time to rest and leader Ray Davies under a lot of pressure to write new material. Despite the pressure, the band responded with some of their finest early tracks including “Tired of Waiting for You” and “Come On Now.” Some of the tracks have a more generic feel, which displays the pressure Davies and the band were under. “Nothin' In the World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That Girl” and “Nagging Woman” are garden variety R&B, but the cover of “Dancing in the Streets” is very impressive. Disc two begins with some really exciting collectibles, mono versions of some of their most well known early songs like “Everybody’s Gonna Be Happy,” “Set Me Free,” and “See My Friends.” The second disc and the re-issue in general is really aimed toward the die hard Kinks fan with a plethora of alternate takes and a nicely done liner booklet with plenty of period photographs. Kinda Kinks -

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