Kinks (album)

Studio album by
Released2 October 1964 (UK)
November 1964 (US)
  • August 1964, Pye Studios No. 2
  • "I Took My Baby Home": 24 January, Pye Studios No. 1
  • "You Really Got Me": July 1964, IBC Studios
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.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Allmusic assessed the album as lacking in consistency, commenting that "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; and [the] tunes that producer Shel Talmy penned for the group... were simply abominable."[1] Rock critic Mike Saunders of Rolling Stone described the album as one of their "successful rock and roll albums".[2]

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