The Kinks is the debut studio album by the English rock band the Kinks, released on 2 October 1964 in the United Kingdom by Pye Records. The original United States release, issued by Reprise Records on 25 November 1964, omits three tracks and is instead titled You Really Got Me.
The album was recorded in October 1964 at Pye Studios in London. It was produced by Shel Talmy, who had previously worked with the band on their first single, "You Really Got Me". The album features a mix of original songs by the band, including "You Really Got Me", as well as covers of R&B and rock and roll standards.
The Kinks was a commercial success in the United Kingdom, reaching number four on the album chart. It was also a critical success, with many critics praising the band's original songwriting and their energetic live performances. The album has been certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).
The Kinks is considered to be one of the most important albums of the British Invasion. It helped to establish the band as one of the leading bands of the era, and it helped to define the sound of British rock and roll.
|Original Release: 1964.|
|Catalog No: BMGCAT741LP.|
|Size: 12" single vinyl record.|