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Set Me Free (The Kinks song)

"Set Me Free" is a song by Ray Davies, released first by The Kinks in 1965. Along with "Tired of Waiting for You", it is one of band's first attempts at a softer, more introspective sound. The song's B-side, "I Need You", makes prominent use of powerchords in the style of The Kinks' early, "raunchy" sound. "Set Me Free" was heard in the Ken Loach-directed Up the Junction, a BBC Wednesday Play which aired in November 1965; this marked the first appearance of a Kinks song on a film or TV soundtrack.

"Set Me Free"
Set Me Free Kinks cover.jpg
Single by The Kinks
from the album Kinda Kinks (US)
B-side"I Need You"
Released21 May 1965 (UK)
26 May 1965 (US)
Format7" vinyl
Recorded13-14 April 1965 at Pye Studios (No. 1), London
GenreRock, beat
LabelPye 7N 15854 (UK)
Reprise 0379 (US)
Songwriter(s)Ray Davies
Producer(s)Shel Talmy
The Kinks UK singles chronology
"Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy"
"Set Me Free"
"See My Friends"

Chart positionsEdit


  1. ^ The Kinks in the UK Charts, The Official Charts. Retrieved 3 August 2011.