Absolute Animals 1964-1968

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 11/4/2003
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • UPC: 612657017821
  • Catalog Number: 178
  • Sales rank: 29,392

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Animals Primary Artist
Andy Summers Guest Appearance
Alan Price Interviewee, Group Member
Eric Burdon Interviewee, Group Member
Technical Credits
John Lee Hooker Composer
The 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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