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Kinda Kinks (Deluxe Edition)

The Kinks

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Album Review

Universal’s 2011 Deluxe Edition of the Kinks’ second album, Kinda Kinks, finds the 12-track album supported by a 23-track collection of non-LP cuts, including both sides of the “Everybody’s Gonna Be Happy,” “Set Me Free,” “See My Friends,” and “Never Met a Girl Like You Before” singles; the Kwyet Kinks EP, which includes “A Well Respected Man”; no less than six demos, many of which are unreleased Ray Davies originals (“I Go to Sleep” saw the light of day on a previous CD reissue); alternate takes of “See My Friends” and “Come on Now”; and BBC sessions including the songs “This Strange Effect” and “Hide and Seek,” which never popped up on a Kinks LP. Like the group’s debut, Kinda Kinks is slightly uneven — Davies is showing strides as a songwriter and the band is tightening, but there are some slow patches — but adding all the bonus material to the album has the effect of strengthening the overall experience, as the singles “Everybody’s Gonna Be Happy,” “Who’ll Be the Next in Line,” “See My Friends,” and “A Well Respected Man” eclipse much of the LP, the live sessions are great, the demos are worthwhile for the dedicated, and everything is remastered to sound better than it ever has.

Biography

Formed: 1963 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Although they weren't as boldly innovative as the Beatles or as popular as the Rolling Stones or the Who, the Kinks were one of the most influential bands of the British Invasion. Like most bands of their era, the Kinks began as an R&B/blues outfit. Within four years, the band had become the most staunchly English of all their contemporaries, drawing...
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