100 Great Songs From The British Invasion: Set Me Free- The Kinks. The songwriting of Ray Davies at this point was becoming more introspective- and better. One thing in listening to the early Kinks- at least to me on the first couple albums when they didn’t have the material to fill an album with their own songs- they weren’t a very good covers band [as opposed to The Rolling Stones and Beatles who were.] I love Kink originals featuring the power chords- ‘You Really Got Me’ -‘All Day And All Of The Night’- but to me when Ray Davies songwriting began to evolve that is when they really bloomed into greatness. ‘Set Me Free’ was the fourth Top 40 hit in the US for The Kinks- the first three all cracked the Top 10- ‘You Really Got Me’ #7, ‘All Day And All Of The Night’ #7 and ‘Tired Of Waiting For You’ #6- ‘Set Me Free’ didn’t do as well #23. In this feature I am not sure but I figure The Kinks will have as many songs included as any other act. More to come!
Single: ‘Set Me Free’- The Kinks/ Written by Ray Davies/ Record Company- Reprise/ Time: 2:12/ Produced by Shel Talmy/ Recorded April 13-14, 1965/ Released May 26, 1965 in US. May 21, 1965 in UK/ Peaked at #23 in US Billboard Hot 100, #9 in UK Singles Chart.