October 15, 2015

The Kinks - Well Respected Kinks (1966)


The Kinks' first couple of albums are shrugged off in favor of the more sophisticated baroque pop music they commanded in the late 60's and early 70's. I don't think there's much to disagree with on that point, since The Kinks' early music isn't comparable to the inventive harmonies and song structures of the early 60's Beatles aren't as original or as consistent as albums like Please Please Me or With The Beatles.

The creation of the 12-inch LP allowed record labels to go nuts in mixing and matching the most popular tracks of the most-popular British invasion bands to capitalize on starstruck fans buying whatever had the name on it. The Beatles have a number of these compilations to their name, "Twist and Shout" "The Beatles '65" "Something New", all of which are utterly useless for our listening in 2015, but not so much in The Kinks' case. Well Respected Kinks handpicks the absolute best songs the group recorded in their early days and allows listeners to have an otherwise impossible sublime album experience of early Kinks rockers. I've been talking way too much about the Beatles for how little the actually sound like the Kinks. Ray Davies was raw on the mic and these guitars cut so hard into the mixing (that's a good thing), and gave the world what were probably the first proto-punk records. If you like The Who, The Stooges, or even the Velvet Underground, use this compilation to digest some of the early Kinks classics.

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Well Respected Kinks