after a couple of failed singles in the uk, the kinks unleashed their trademark sound on the classic 'you really got me' and helped launch thousands of garage bands across the country in the mid-sixties. with the success of 'you really got me,' the kinks were rushed into the studio to record this, their first full length album from 1964. as such, fewer than half of the songs are ray davies originals. but among those is the classic 'stop your sobbing'. the covers are typical of other r&b-influenced groups of the period like the rolling stones. the kinks work through respectable versions of chuck berry's 'too much monkey business' and 'beautiful delilah', as well as bluesman slim harpo's 'got love if you want it'.