The Kinks, Kinda Kinks (1965)
In the battle of the bands between The Beatles and The Rolling Stones I often think the real winner was – or should have been – The Kinks. They combined the same energy of both bands in their earliest outings and as Ray Davies grew and developed as a songwriter (really it’s first noticed right here on their second album) we heard from an idiosyncratic and distinctly British voice; one of the first from England to combine the American R’n’B/beat combo feels with a UK voice in the lyrical content. Obviously by 1966 The Kinks are super sophisticated, making music as great as anyone – but even on this, their second record, the band sound is established and the best of this material is as good as any of their greatest hits. I was super stoked to find this LP just recently in an old antique shop – it’s always been one of my favourite, most listened to albums by The Kinks. Such a great band.
Sample Track: Tired Of Waiting For You
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