Some say punk rock might never have existed if not for the raunchy, nerve-scraping guitar sound that starts the Kinks' "You Really Got Me." As the rock legend goes, guitarist Dave Davies slashed the speaker of his amplifier with a razor to get that raw, distorted buzz. Its auspicious origin aside, "You Really Got Me" was the group's first hit, sending the tune into the pantheon of great rock songs, and the Kinks to their rightful place as one of the most important bands of the 1960s.
St. Clair's GREATEST HITS VOLUME ONE tells the first part of the Kinks' story by covering a handful of their mid-'60s hits. In addition to "You Really Got Me," the 10-song set includes the energetic "Till the End of the Day," the charmingly weary "Tired of Waiting for You," and "A Well Respected Man," the first intimation of songwriter Ray Davies's penchant for social satire. This budget-priced sampler shows just how good the Kinks were early on, and hints at how essential they would become.