The Kinks First Three Albums to be Re-Released, Expanded
There’s no overstating the importance of the Kinks. To catch them at their most breathtakingly clever and melodically potent, you’re going to want to check out their stretch of albums from 1966 through 1971. But that’s a different side of the Kinks that doesn’t receive as much popular attention. First and foremost, the general public knows “Lola”, and the singles off of their first three albums, Kinks (1964), Kinda Kinks (1965), and The Kink Kontroversy (1965). If you ever enjoyed riff-centric rock music, you can thank the Kinks for creating it on those aforementioned albums with timeless singles like “You’ve Really Got Me”, and “All Day and All of the Night”.
And now’s your chance to dig deeper into those albums, as UMe is releasing deluxe, two-disc editions of each. Kinks-Deluxe Edition will feature a whopping forty-two extra tracks (some of which will, admittedly, be the entire album in mono), including the exclusive Kinks-Size album. Kinda Kinks-Deluxe Edition adds twenty-three songs to its initial tracklist, including the Kwyet Kinks EP as well as many unreleased tracks. And lastly, The Kink Kontroversy-Deluxe Edition includes seventeen additional selections.
Sounds like a good place to start for neophytes. For Kinks-obsessives though, this means that deluxe editions of Something Else By The Kinks and The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society cannot be far off. Stay tuned.