The Kinks – Original Artwork For 1964 U.S. Debut Album “You Really Got Me”

The original artwork for the Kinks 1964 American debut album, You Really Got Me, released by Reprise Records in November 1964.

This is the actual one-of-a-kind art used to make the front cover for the Kinks’ groundbreaking first LP.  This ‘paste up’ artwork combines the original red tinted band photograph and separate pieces of printed out type, one for each word, and one with the Reprise logo, all ‘pasted down’ to a piece of 15″ x 21″ art board.  The image is the size of the album cover slick, 12 3/8″ square.   Attached to the top is a piece of vellum overlay, folded behind the artwork in the frame, likely with written printing instructions.

This artwork was created by the Warner Bros/Reprise Records in-house art department, and sent to the label’s color separator, to be photographed and turned into film for the printer.  In the mid-1970’s the Warner Bros. art department cleared out their archives, disposing of this and the artwork for many other older albums, feeling it was taking up space they needed for more recent releases.

The archivally framed artwork is in very good condition, with some light age-related glue staining to the top of the photograph, and the type a bit separated from the backing at left and right edges (easily fixed if removed from the frame).  Frame measures 18″ 3/4 x 23 3/4″.

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