Not to be confused with any later song of the same name, "Set Me Free" was the 6th single by The Kinks. In God Save The Kinks, Ray Davies told biographer Rob Jovanovic it came about because he was asked to write a "Kinks-sounding song." The opening bar is living proof of that. This was, said Davies, the first time he felt uncomfortable writing.
In 4/4 time, this Ray Davies solo composition was recorded at Pye Studios in London, April 13-4, 1965, released in the UK on May 21 and in the US on May 26. Backed by "I Need You," its best showing was #2 in the Canadian charts. The original runs to around 2 minutes 20 seconds.
Suggestion credit: Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2