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Kinks Album

Studio album by
Released2 October 1964 (UK)
November 1964 (US)
Recorded24 January-August 1964
ProducerShel Talmy
The Kinks chronology
Kinda Kinks
The Kinks American chronology
You Really Got Me
Singles from Kinks
  1. "You Really Got Me"
    Released: 4 August 1964

Kinks is the self-titled debut album by English rock band the Kinks, released in 1964. It was released with three tracks omitted as You Really Got Me in the United States.

The album was re-released in 1998 in the UK on Castle Records with twelve bonus tracks. This reissue was itself reissued in 2004 on the Sanctuary label. A deluxe edition was released on 28 March 2011.[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]

The AllMusic review by Richie Unterberger assessed the album as lacking in consistency, commenting: "As R&B cover artists, the Kinks weren't nearly as adept as the Stones and Yardbirds; Ray Davies' original tunes were, "You Really Got Me" aside, perfunctory Mersey Beat-ish pastiches... [the] tunes that producer Shel Talmy penned for the group... were simply abominable."[2]

Rock critic Mike Saunders of Rolling Stone had a more positive opinion of the Kinks' debut LP, described the album as one of their "successful rock and roll albums".[3]

Track listing

All tracks written by Ray Davies unless noted.

UK release (Pye NPL 18096 mono: NSPL 83021 stereo)

Side one
1."Beautiful Delilah"Chuck Berry2:07
2."So Mystifying" 2:58
3."Just Can't Go to Sleep" 1:58
4."Long Tall Shorty"Herb Abramson, Don Covay2:50
5."I Took My Baby Home" 1:48
6."I'm a Lover Not a Fighter"J. D. "Jay" Miller2:03
7."You Really Got Me" 2:13
Side two
8."Cadillac"Bo Diddley2:44
9."Bald Headed Woman"Shel Talmy2:41
10."Revenge"Davies, Larry Page1:29
11."Too Much Monkey Business"Chuck Berry2:16
12."I've Been Driving on Bald Mountain"Talmy2:01
13."Stop Your Sobbing" 2:06
14."Got Love If You Want It"James Moore3:46
1998 and 2004 CD reissue bonus tracks
15."Long Tall Sally"Robert Blackwell, Enotris Johnson, Richard Penniman2:12
16."You Still Want Me" 1:59
17."You Do Something to Me" 2:24
18."It's Alright" 2:37
19."All Day and All of the Night" 2:23
20."I Gotta Move" 2:22
21."Louie Louie" (Kinksize Session EP)Richard Berry2:57
22."I Gotta Go Now" (Kinksize Session EP) 2:53
23."Things Are Getting Better" (Kinksize Session EP) 1:52
24."I've Got That Feeling" (Kinksize Session EP) 2:43
25."Too Much Monkey Business" (Alternate take)Chuck Berry2:10
26."I Don't Need You Any More" 2:10
2001 CD reissue bonus tracks
15."You Still Want Me"1:59
16."I Don't Need You Any More"2:10
2011 Sanctuary Records deluxe edition Disc 1 (stereo) bonus tracks
15."I Believed You" (mono demo as the Boll-Weevils)Ray Davies, Dave Davies1:56
16."I'm a Hog for You Baby" (mono demo as the Boll-Weevils)Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller 
17."I Don't Need You Any More" (mono demo) 2:12
18."Everybody's Gonna Be Happy" (mono demo) 2:21
19."Long Tall Sally" (mono single)Penniman, Blackwell, Johnson2:09
20."You Still Want Me" (mono single) 2:00
21."You Do Something to Me" (mono single) 2:26
22."It's Alright" (mono single) 2:38
23."All Day and All of the Night" (mono single) 2:21
24."I Gotta Move" (mono single) 2:15
25."Louie Louie" (Kinksize Session EP)R. Berry2:58
26."I've Got That Feeling" (Kinksize Session EP) 2:43
27."I Gotta Go Now" (Kinksize Session EP) 2:54
28."Things Are Getting Better" (Kinksize Session EP) 1:53
2011 Sanctuary Records deluxe edition Disc 2 (mono) bonus tracks
15."Don't Ever Let Me Go" (recorded Sept 1964) 2:19
16."I Don't Need You Anymore" (recorded January 1964) 2:12
17."Bald Headed Woman" (US mono mix)Talmy2:41
18."Too Much Monkey Business" (alternative take)C. Berry2:10
19."Got Love If You Want It" (alternative take)Moore3:35
20."Meet the Kinks" (BBC interview)N/A0:33
21."Cadillac" (recorded live at the BBC)McDaniel2:36
22."Ray Talks About 'You Really Got Me'" (BBC interview)N/A0:14
23."You Really Got Me" (recorded live at the BBC) 2:13
24."Little Queenie" (recorded live at the BBC)C. Berry1:46
25."I'm a Lover Not a Fighter" (recorded live at the BBC)Miller2:01
26."All Day and All of the Night" (recorded live at the BBC) 2:22
27."Ray Talks About the USA" (BBC interview)N/A0:40
28."I've Got That Feeling" (recorded live at the BBC) 2:44

US Release You Really Got Me (Reprise R-6143 (mono) RS-6143 (stereo)) track listing

Side one
1."Beautiful Delilah"Chuck Berry2:04
2."So Mystifying" 2:49
3."Just Can't Go to Sleep" 1:58
4."Long Tall Shorty"Herb Abramson, Don Convay2:48
5."You Really Got Me" 2:13
Side two
6."Cadillac"Ellas McDaniel2:41
7."Bald Headed Woman"Talmy2:41
8."Too Much Monkey Business"Chuck Berry2:14
9."I've Been Driving on Bald Mountain"Talmy2:02
10."Stop Your Sobbing" 2:05
11."Got Love If You Want It"Slim Harpo3:49

The US version is missing three tracks. "I Took My Baby Home" had already been licensed to Cameo in the US as the B-side to "Long Tall Sally" and so could not be included. "I'm a Lover Not a Fighter" and the instrumental "Revenge" were held over for the US-only Kinks-Size album.


In addition to the members of the band, a number of studio musicians and other musicians who were in the studio[4] participated in making the album. Track numbering refers to the UK album.

The Kinks

Additional musicians


  • Shel Talmy - producer, engineer, mixer
  • Ray Prickett, Bob Auger - engineer
  • Simon Heyworth - remastering
  • Klaus Schmalenbach - design, photography
  • Brian Sommerville - 1998 liner notes
  • Peter Doggett - 2011 liner notes


  1. ^ Blum, Jordon. "10 Proto-Punk Albums Every Music Fan Should Own". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d Unterberger, Richie. "The Kinks: Kinks" at AllMusic. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
  3. ^ a b Mike Saunders (25 May 1972). "The Kink Kronikles | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ Davies, Ray, 1944- (2007). X-ray : [The unauthorized autobiography]. Woodstock, N.Y.: Overlook Press. ISBN 978-1-58567-939-3. OCLC 180703692.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

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