Los Angeles: Warner Brothers / Reprise Records, 1964. Original maquette for the US stereo release of The Kinks' classic 1964 debut album, "You Really Got Me," released by Reprise Records in November 1964. The photograph and design were made by Klaus Schmalenbach for the Warner Bros / Reprise Records in-house art department.
The maquette includes text elements and tinted photograph "pasted down" (the "STEREO" paste-down, top center, is missing, with adhesive shadow remaining), with a hand drawn border, in holograph marker, around album title, and annotations in holograph red pencil defining the size of the album cover slick (12-3/8 inches). A vellum overlay, detached and housed within frame, includes blocking of text areas, catalog number 6143, and color production annotations in holograph red and blue pencil, and black marker.
The Kinks released their fourteen-track, self-titled, debut album in the UK in October, 1964. The album was released a month later in the US as "You Really Got Me," omitting the three tracks, "I Took My Baby Home," which had been previously licensed to Cameo Records, "I'm a Lover Not a Fighter," and the instrumental "Revenge."
One of the most influential rock bands of all time, The Kinks were formed in 1963 in Muswell Hill, North London, by brothers Ray and Dave Davies, on rhythm and lead guitar, respectively, with Pete Quaife on bass, and Mick Avory on drums. In 1996 the band gave their last performance, breaking up shortly thereafter in 1997 due to tensions between the brothers. Rumors persisted as late as 2018 of a potential reunion, but it has yet to occur. The original four members were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
Maquette 12.5 x 12.5 inches, on 15 x 20 inch board, with folded paper tape near top of board with thin piece of vellum attached. "Kinks" text elements very slightly lifting but secure, else Near Fine. Vellum overlay (within frame), Very Good plus, with creasing, closed tears, and chip to top right. Archivally matted and framed in a museum-quality frame with UV glass. Outer frame measures 21 x 21.5 inches.