The single was given little promotion on either side of the Atlantic, and failed to chart, but was well relese by the American rock press. Alan Betrock of Rock Marketplace wrote: "The new Kinks record has to bring smiles onto a lot of faces.
Melody Maker praised "Sitting in the Midday Sun", noting its "lazy summer sound," and calling it "another winning tune from Raymond Douglas Davies and the boys. It's an adequately pleasant little summer song that will do what it's supposed to do.
He [was] treated and released. He stood at The White City and swore that he was 'F He was 'Sick up to here with it' Mick [Avory, drummer] just ventured a disbelieving smile, and drummed on through 'Waterloo Sunset.
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That was when Ray tried to top himself. I thought he looked a bit weird after the show—I didn't know that he'd taken a whole bloody bottle of weird-looking relfase pills.
It was a bad time. Ray suddenly announced that he was going to end it all I think he took the pills before the show.
I said to him towards the end that he was getting a bit crazy. I didn't know what happened—I suddenly releasse a phone call saying he was in the hospital. I remember going to the hospital after they'd pumped his stomach and it was bad.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic called "Sitting in the Midday Sun" "endearingly lazy,"  and noted it as one of the highlights of the album.