Sunday, 3 June 2018

The Kinks - Kinda Kinks (1965)

Tired of waiting for you....

  

Released March 1965

Recorded at Pye Studios, London

Apparently, the recording of The Kinks’ second album was very rushed, recorded and released in an amazing two weeks, and Ray Davies was never happy with the sound of it. Funnily enough, I find it to have a superior sound to the next album, Kink Kontroversy, and it is certainly a real improvement on the group's patchy debut album. 

TRACK LISTING

1. Look For Me Baby

2. Got My Feet On The Ground
3. Nothin' In The World Can Stop Me Worryin' About That Girl
4. Naggin' Woman
5. Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight
6. Tired Of Waiting For You
7. Dancing In The Street
8. Don't Ever Change
9. Come On Now
10. So Long
11. You Shouldn't Be Sad
12. Something Better Beginning                            

The album was still a sort of “British r’n’ b by numbers” typical mid 60s album, to a certain extent and it can indeed be described as a bit patchy and uneven. The hints of good stuff to come are far more prevalent than on the debut, however. The number one hit, Tired Of Waiting For You is very good, a real standout track, and helped to establish the band as one with a reputation for producing big-selling, quality singles. They still put in the effort to produce credible albums though and this is is still a good album and a good example of its genre and where the band were at in early 1965. They were still a bluesy band, and the blues on here is impressive, even the somewhat corny cover, Naggin' Woman. They also did the usual Stonesy stuff in Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight. Check out that big bass line on this.

Nothin' In The World Can Stop Me Worryin' About That Girl is a laid-back acoustic blues number with provides a break from the more familiar r 'n' b sound. It was acoustic rock before Norwegian Wood and several years before Crosby, Stills and Nash. It was ground-breaking to a certain extent.

The non-album single, Who'll Be The Next In Line is a classic piece of pulsating, bassy Kinks’ blues rock. It deserved a place on the album in place of track number 7 - presumably feeling a kind of pressure to get in on the contemporary Motown explosion, they felt obliged to cover Martha & The Vandellas' Dancing In The Street. The less said about that the better! Don't Ever Change is a light and Beatles-ish number. So Long is a gentle, finger-picking breezy and harmonious acoustic song. Bot these tracks once again provided a variety on the album. 

The Kinks were very much second fiddle to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones (and The Beach Boys), which was a shame, because these albums are not at all bad. In many ways The Kinks were ahead, creatively, of where The Beatles were at this time. Come On Now had a decidedly early-mid 60s Beatles-like riff, though, as does You Shouldn't Be Sad and Something Better Beginning

Balancing that, though, the non-album track, See My Friends sounds like The Beatles from a year later or The Stones from 1967. Almost psychedelic. 

This was a much better album than its predecessor and, although it only exists in mono, it is a very good, full, bassy mono sound and the overall production is a vast improvement on the debut album too. 

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