The Kinks

You Really Got Me/Kinda Kinks

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Mobile Fidelity reissued the Kinks' first two albums, You Really Got Me and Kinda Kinks, on one gold CD. Although they have their moments, these records are uneven, and most casual fans will prefer to hear the highlights on hits collections. Which means these albums are primarily of interest to devoted fans in the first place, and the steep price tag only further pushes it into collector territory. Is it worth the price? It depends on your point of view. While the remastering on this disc is better than on the initial Rhino CD reissues and should delight audiophiles, the subsequent 1998 Pye remasterings of these albums rival this sound, and those individual discs also contain bonus tracks. If you're an audiophile, you may prefer this disc. If you're simply a hardcore fan, the remastered discs are a better choice.

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