Kinda Kinks is the second studio album by English rock band The Kinks, released in 1965. It was recorded immediately after the return of the group from an Asian tour, and was completed and released within two weeks. Although it was a rushed effort, it included "Tired of Waiting For You" which became a #1 hit on the UK Singles Charts and the album hit #3 on the UK Album Charts.
On the previous album, however, the band had used covers to fill the spaces between the Ray Davies originals, while here the tracks are almost all penned by Davies (with the exception of their version of "Dancing In The Street"). Davies' lovelorn songs had yet to fully flower into elegies for disappearing lifestyles and values. But his wistful melodicism can be heard in tunes such as "Something Better Beginning," "Don't Ever Change," and "So Long," which mingle nicely with the pop propulsion of "Tired of Waiting." With the focus so squarely on the singing songwriter, it's almost easy to forget how powerful the rest of the ensemble were a tight little rock & roll band of the highest order.
"...this album showcased a much more sophisticated sound, Dave Davies' guitar turned down (and even switched to acoustic in a couple of spots) as Ray Davies began exploring aspects of emotions and storytelling that transcended anything in the group's prior output --"Nothin' in This World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That Girl" may have been a mouthful of a title, but it also put them right in the front of the British Invasion pack for seriousness and complexity, out in front of where the Beatles or almost any of the competition were in early 1965." -Bruce Eder, allmusic.com
"...Producer Shel Talmy was never known for deep pocket spending on record production or anything more than straight forward getting the tune on tape and getting out and for the longest time I thought of these as el cheapo productions with not much sonically to recommend but over time that view has changed especially with these new re-masters by Kevin Gray from the original Pye mono tapes (this album was never mixed to stereo though there are original fake stereo versions issued by both Pye and in America by Reprisestay away from those!).
"I compared this reissue to an original UK red label Pye mono pressing and to an early 1990s gray mono Pye pressing. The earlier pressings sound similar. The new cut by Kevin Gray is much better! Theres no doubt about it. Its far more transparent, spacious and harmonically complete. The bottom end is both more extended and more detailed. On the opening track drummer Mick Avory does some speedy kick drum double time that Id not before heard so deeply and cleanly rendered.
"More importantly, Id always thought of this album as okay sounding but its much better than that on this reissue. First play Fancy and youll hear what Im talking about.
"The Kinks Katalog has been messed up since forever, with a slew of reissues and hits compilations sourced from who knows what? Now we have a chance to get them all, cut by one of the great mastering engineers working today, sourced from the original master tapes and well-pressed too.
"For Kinks fans, this is it. Who knows how long these will remain in print. Im buying them all!' - Michael Fremer, Analog Planet, June 16, 2015
Remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Mastering
Remastered from original master tapes
1. Look For Me Baby
2. Got My Feet On The Ground
3. Nothin' In The World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That Girl
4. Naggin' Woman
5. Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight
6. Tired Of Waiting For You
1. Dancing In The Street
2. Don't Ever Change
3. Come On Now
4. So Long
5. You Shouldn't Be Sad
6. Something Better Beginning