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Animals - Retrospective

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    The Animals: Alan Price (keyboards); Chas Chandler (bass instrument); Eric Burdon, John Steel , Hilton Valentine. Personnel: Eric Burdon (vocals); John Weider (guitar, violin); Vic Briggs (guitar, piano, vibraphone); Howard H. Scott, Hilton Valentine (......more

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Artist: Animals
The Animals: Alan Price (keyboards); Chas Chandler (bass instrument); Eric Burdon, John Steel , Hilton Valentine. Personnel: Eric Burdon (vocals); John Weider (guitar, violin); Vic Briggs (guitar, piano, vibraphone); Howard H. Scott, Hilton Valentine (guitar); Charles Miller (flute); Royal Scots Guard Pipe And Drum Marching Band (bagpipe, percussion); Lee Oskar (harmonica); Alan Price (piano, organ); Lonnie Jordan, Dave Rowberry (organ); Barry Jenkins (drums, percussion); Harold Brown , John Steel (drums); Thomas R. Allen, Jr. (percussion). Additional personnel: War. Audio Remixers: Eddie Kramer; Gary Kellgren; Vic Briggs. Liner Note Author: Jim Bessman. Recording information: Kingsway Recording Studio, London, England (01/22/1964-??/??/1970); Mayfair Recording Studio, New York, NY (01/22/1964-??/??/1970); RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA (01/22/1964-??/??/1970); Sunset-Highland Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA (01/22/1964-??/??/1970); Wally Heider Recording Studio, San Francisco, CA (01/22/1964-??/??/1970). Arrangers: Vic Briggs; Horace Ott; Dave Rowberry. Today the most recognition the Animals get is "House of the Rising Sun" being played on oldies radio, but in the mid-1960s they were a powerful part of the British Invasion, often reckoned on a par with the Beatles, the Stones, and the Who. Like those bands, the Animals had strong roots in blues and R&B, but, in their original incarnation, they stayed closer to those roots than their peers did. This definitive compilation, masterfully assembled by the ABKCO think tank of Teri Landi and Jody Klein, shows the tough, uncompromising use to which the Animals put their American influences. John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom" is recast as a raw garage rocker glazed with Alan Price's sinister organ riffs, and the aforementioned "House of the Rising Sun" is transformed from a traditional folk lament to an urgent, ominous piece of churning tumult. Of course, the group skillfully expanded those roots (with the help of some great wri...
See Also:
Absolute Animals 1964-1968, The EP Collection, Retrospective, Animalisms
See Influences:
Howlin' Wolf, T-Bone Walker, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Reed, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Elvis Presley, LaVern Baker, Otis Spann, Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller), Slim Harpo, Sam Cooke, Bo Diddley, Robert Johnson, Elmore James, Solomon Burke, Big Joe Turner, The Beatles
See Contemporaries:
Graham Bond, David Johansen, The Pretty Things, Cyril Davies, The Troggs, The Beatles, Groundhogs, Gerry & the Pacemakers, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Seger, Mitch Ryder, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, The Hollies, Small Faces, The Yardbirds, The Byrds, Georgie Fame, Q 65, New York Dolls, The Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Alexis Korner, John Mayall, The Dave Clark Five, Eric Clapton, Them, Michael Bloomfield, Manfred Mann (Individual), Fleetwood Mac, The Honeydrippers, Spencer Davis, The V.I.P.s, Brownsville Station, The Kinks, Jefferson Airplane, Paul Butterfield
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 House of the Rising Sun
  2. 2 I'm Crying
  3. 3 Baby Let Me Take You Home
  4. 4 Gonna Send You Back to Walker
  5. 5 Boom Boom
  6. 6 Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
  7. 7 Bring It on Home to Me
  8. 8 We Gotta Get Out of This Place
  9. 9 It's My Life
  10. 10 Don't Bring Me Down
  11. 11 See See Rider
  12. 12 Inside, Looking Out
  13. 13 Hey Gyp
  14. 14 Help Me Girl
  15. 15 When I Was Young
  16. 16 Girl Named Sandoz, A
  17. 17 San Franciscan Nights
  18. 18 Monterey
  19. 19 Anything
  20. 20 Sky Pilot
  21. 21 White Houses
  22. 22 Spill the Wine
British Invasion
Abkco Records
Mickie Most; Tom Wilson; Jerry Goldstein; Every One Of Us; Jody Klein; Teri Landi; Mickie Most; Tom Wilson; Jerry Goldstein
Number of Discs:
Super Audio CD Hybrid
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SPARS Coding:
77 : 31
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Editorial Reviews:
Rolling Stone (p.192) - 4 stars out of 5 - "The Animals were the most authentic-sounding R&B band to emerge from the British Invasion of the mid-Sixties....An essential collection." Rolling Stone (p.154) - Included in Rolling Stone's The 10 Best Reissues & Anthologies Of 2004 - "The Animals finally get a best-of set that shows off the breadth and ferocity of their Sixties-hit streak..."
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    Of all the Animals releases to get, this is the one. All the songs are good. The version of "We Gotta Get Out of this Place" is not what I was used to hearing on the radio, so I'm still getting used it. Otherwise, every song is good, and the production quality is very good.

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    It was great, great sound, great quality and very enjoyable

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