Absolute Animals 1964-1968

Absolute Animals 1964-1968

by The Animals
     
 

As hard as it is to believe, there was no single-disc collection that contained all of the Animals' greatest hits until Raven Records released Absolute Animals 1964-1968 in 2003. Prior to this, compilations were devoted to one of three distinct eras. First, there were the first recordings that they made with producer Mickie Most, which included "House of theSee more details below

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As hard as it is to believe, there was no single-disc collection that contained all of the Animals' greatest hits until Raven Records released Absolute Animals 1964-1968 in 2003. Prior to this, compilations were devoted to one of three distinct eras. First, there were the first recordings that they made with producer Mickie Most, which included "House of the Rising Sun," "I'm Crying," "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," "We Gotta Get Out of This Place," and "It's My Life." Then, they severed ties with Most, recording the acclaimed Animalisms album and having hits with "Inside, Looking Out," "Help Me Girl," and "Don't Bring Me Down" before imploding. Lead singer Eric Burdon then assembled a new version of the group, putting his name above the Animals in their official billing, and cut several psychedelic recordings and singles, including "San Franciscan Nights," "Monterey," and "Sky Pilot." Since each of these three eras were owned by different labels, there were many legal obstacles to assembling a definitive comp with all three eras being represented equally, but Raven managed to do an excellent job with the 20-track Absolute Animals (note: the final track is four minutes of interviews, bringing the total songs to 19). All of the singles mentioned above are featured here, along with other highlights like "Boom Boom," "Bring It on Home to Me," "See See Rider," and "When I Was Young." Perhaps some of the early recordings are glossed over -- "Gonna Send You Back to Walker," "Story of Bo Diddley," and "Bury My Body" all arguably hold up better than some of the later psychedelicized tracks -- but frankly, it's a relief to have one compilation that has all the hits from all the incarnations on one disc. Not only that, but it's hard to imagine a single-disc that would tell a complete Animals history as succinctly as this essential disc.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/04/2003
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
0612657017821
catalogNumber:
178

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Animals   Primary Artist
Andy Summers   Guest Appearance
Alan Price   Interviewee,Group Member
Eric Burdon   Interviewee,Group Member

Technical Credits

John Lee Hooker   Composer
Animals   Arranger
Jim Capaldi   Composer
Sam Cooke   Composer
Steve Winwood   Composer
John Weider   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Alan Price   Arranger,Composer
Danny McCulloch   Composer
Alan Lomax   Composer
Eric Burdon   Composer
Ma Rainey   Composer
Roger Atkins   Composer
Bennie Benjamin   Composer
Vic Briggs   Composer
June Carter Cash   Composer
Carl Derrico   Composer
Scott English   Composer
Barry Jenkins   Composer
Dave Rowberry   Arranger
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Glenn A. Baker   Liner Notes
Merle Kilgore   Composer
Warren Barnett   Mastering
C. Wood   Composer
Sol Marcus   Composer
Gloria Caldwell   Composer
Daniel McCulloch   Composer
Traditional   Composer
B.E. Mann   Composer

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