My Secret Life

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
My Secret Life consists of 13 tracks that form a loose song cycle revolving around Eric Burdon's love of American music, specifically R&B, soul, blues, and jazz. While that theme dominates the entire record it is especially true on the eight tunes penned or co-written by Burton. "Can't Kill the Boogieman" is a heartfelt tribute dedicated to John Lee Hooker featuring Burdon's cherished memories of the blues legend sung over the tune of Hooker's classic "Boogie Chillen." He also shades/characterizes such artists as Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Philly Joe Jones, Billie Holiday, Josephine Baker, Otis Redding, and Chet Baker with first person...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
My Secret Life consists of 13 tracks that form a loose song cycle revolving around Eric Burdon's love of American music, specifically R&B, soul, blues, and jazz. While that theme dominates the entire record it is especially true on the eight tunes penned or co-written by Burton. "Can't Kill the Boogieman" is a heartfelt tribute dedicated to John Lee Hooker featuring Burdon's cherished memories of the blues legend sung over the tune of Hooker's classic "Boogie Chillen." He also shades/characterizes such artists as Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Philly Joe Jones, Billie Holiday, Josephine Baker, Otis Redding, and Chet Baker with first person observations, a skill no doubt honed with a foray into writing his autobiography Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood: A Memoir. Burdon's voice is in fine shape, and he effortlessly jumps from soft spoken passages to his trademark blues grit that remains instantly recognizable from his days as vocalist of the Animals in the '60s. What really makes this effort stand out from previous solo albums is the music itself. Instead of relying on the vocals to carry the music, My Secret Life allows the music to flow with unrestrained character darting off in several eclectic directions. "Once Upon a Time" apes both the Band and Van Morrison circa 1970, "The Secret" has slight elements of world rhythms, "Factory Girl" and "Highway 62" are dominated by a snaky Memphis guitar reminiscent of Pops Staples, and "Black and White World" not the Elvis Costello tune combines a breezy Hammond B-3 organ penetrated by a hyper ska beat. This disc should please any Burdon or Animals fan, but, more importantly, it may gain him some new listeners as well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2004
  • Label: Hunter
  • UPC: 693723700328
  • Catalog Number: 237003

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Once Upon a Time (3:51)
  2. 2 Motorcycle Girl (3:52)
  3. 3 Over the Border (4:27)
  4. 4 The Secret (5:47)
  5. 5 Factory Girl (4:40)
  6. 6 Highway 62 (5:29)
  7. 7 Jazzman (3:47)
  8. 8 Black and White World (3:28)
  9. 9 Heaven (4:44)
  10. 10 Devil Slide (3:35)
  11. 11 Broken Records (3:25)
  12. 12 Can't Kill the Boogieman (3:59)
  13. 13 My Secret Life (5:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Burdon Primary Artist
Ivan Neville Piano, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals, Clavinet
Mike Finnigan Piano, Hammond Organ
Tony Braunagel Percussion, Drums
Lenny Castro Percussion
Jon Cleary Piano
Valerie Davis Background Vocals
Julie Delgado Background Vocals
Bob Glaub Bass
James "Hutch" Hutchinson Bass
Teresa James Background Vocals
Marlena Jeter Background Vocals
Nick Lane Trombone
Darrell Leonard Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Trombonium
Reggie McBride Bass
Michito Sánchez Percussion
Johnny Lee Schell Guitar, Background Vocals
Joe Sublett Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Daniel Timms Hammond Organ
Billy Trudell Background Vocals
Terry Wilson Bass, Bass Guitar
Red Young Piano, Strings, Hammond Organ, Electric Piano
Eric Rigler uillean pipes, Irish Whistle
Tony B! Percussion
Martin Gerschwitz Hammond Organ, Electric Piano
Kudisan Kai Background Vocals
Gromyko Collins Background Vocals
Danny Timms Hammond B3
Technical Credits
Leonard Cohen Composer
David Munyon Composer
David Byrne Composer
Jerry Harrison Composer
Eric Burdon Composer, Executive Producer
Greg Barnhill Composer
Terry Becker Engineer
Tony Braunagel Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Johnny Lee Schell Composer, Engineer
Duane Seykora Engineer
Eric Rigler Whistle
Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise Composer
Dean Restum Composer
Shirley M. Robinson Composer
Marcelo Nova Composer
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