UK vs. US

Reprise InsertWhy the UK and the US didn’t get along is something I’ve never been able to comprehend. Oh sure, things may be all fine and good now (for now…), but back in the day (and before my time), it seems that ego took precedent over creative output. Case in point, this Reprise Records insert from (roughly) 1965.

Featured on this beautiful little rock artifact (rock-ifact?), are two albums, or rather fabrications released by The Kinks. First (left side near the bottom) is the US version of their 1964 debut called simply, The Kinks. The original track lineup, cover art and title have been ignored for the supposed candy-grabbing, fat-bellied, narrow-minded delights of US audiences. Here it is titled You Really Got Me. There, it’s appropriately titled The Kinks. Why the change? Yet another age-old question whose real answer has been mummified and lives buried within the damp and dusty crypt of music’s blotchy past. (Wikipedia offers their decent explanation of this butchering practice that can found here.)

Second, and along the same lines is 1965’s Kinks-Size (middle). Here, US meatheads grabbed material from the EP Kinksize Session, leftover tracks from their debut, and both sides to two of their singles, Tired of Waiting for You and All Day and All of the Night. This Frankenstein makes for a decent listen, because let’s be honest, there really isn’t a bad Kinks song (before 1973), but it’s disjointing and certainly NOT what the band had intended. Wankers, the lot of them!

So, what’s the point? I dunno. Why couldn’t we all just get along? That, or I just really dig old inserts. Carry on.

2 thoughts on “UK vs. US

  1. I’ve also always found this epidemic confusing. Why the US and UK releases just can’t have the same track listing (or album artwork or title) is beyond me. Having lived in both countries I don’t actually see much of a difference between the way people listen or appreciate music (even though there are people in both countries that would beg to differ), and yet it’s as though neither country could handle the way the original album has been produced in the other. I think The Clash’s debut is another prime example.

    • Amen! I understand the bottom line with concern to marketing and advertising these elements of creative ear candy, but respect should be given to those actually creating the elements of creative ear candy! If you trust the band enough to pimp them out, nurture that pulsating vein of creativity, and stick to the requirements (albeit perceived limitations) of your job, and leave the creativity to the artists! Thanks for sharing your educated opinion!

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