The Best of Eric Burdon & the Animals, 1966-1968 [Polydor]

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Despite its being credited to Eric Burdon & the Animals, this hour-long compilation may prove to be of equal interest to serious fans of the original Animals (i.e. the quintet that recorded "House of the Rising Sun," "It's My Life," etc.). The first four cuts, at least -- "Don't Bring Me Down," "See See Rider," "Inside Looking Out," and "Hey Gyp" -- were done by the classic second lineup, featuring Burdon and original members Hilton Valentine, Chas Chandler, and John Steel, along with Dave Rowberry on keyboards, and those tracks all sprang from the original Animals' R&B roots. They also happen to be first-rate recordings and, indeed, are superior to many of the ...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Despite its being credited to Eric Burdon & the Animals, this hour-long compilation may prove to be of equal interest to serious fans of the original Animals (i.e. the quintet that recorded "House of the Rising Sun," "It's My Life," etc.). The first four cuts, at least -- "Don't Bring Me Down," "See See Rider," "Inside Looking Out," and "Hey Gyp" -- were done by the classic second lineup, featuring Burdon and original members Hilton Valentine, Chas Chandler, and John Steel, along with Dave Rowberry on keyboards, and those tracks all sprang from the original Animals' R&B roots. They also happen to be first-rate recordings and, indeed, are superior to many of the tracks off of the original band's first two LPs. As for the rest, overlooking "Help Me Girl" -- an Eric Burdon solo release on which it isn't clear who played, other than drummer Barry Jenkins -- it's all the work of Eric Burdon & the Animals, the psychedelic outfit that Burdon and his management assembled in 1966 around Jenkins; and John Weider on guitar, bass, violin, and keyboards; Vic Briggs on guitar, vibes, keyboards, and saxophone; and Danny McCulloch on bass, with Andy Summers showing up late in the day on "River Deep, Mountain High." Their material is surprisingly engaging, even if it isn't what anyone really wants to remember Burdon for -- in contrast to the typical British psychedelic music of the period, which tended to sound very fey and elegant, the "new Animals" played a hard, ballsy kind of psychedelia that never lost sight of the rhythm (and, at its best, didn't stray too far from the blues) of their R&B roots. The sides represented here are played more than competently and show occasional inspiration in the writing, arrangements, and performance. Though their sound is more of an acquired taste than that of the original Animals, they were a talented band, and perhaps if they could have pulled together one album that was as inspired as the singles "When I Was Young," "Monterey," or "Sky Pilot," they might have sustained some success. Instead, their albums tended toward the self-consciously heavy, spaced-out noodling that we hear on "Winds of Change," where Burdon sounds as though he's doing a burlesque of Jim Morrison. This disc lives up to its name, however, distilling down the best elements of the group's various facets, so you get their most accessible single sides and the best of the album noodling (the sitar and violin on "Winds of Change" are beautifully played, even if they don't go anywhere). The disc could have been extended to include cuts like "Shake" by the early transitional lineup, and "Paint It Black," which would have come close to making it definitive, but those did turn up later on Polygram Special Products' budget-priced best-of on the group. The sound is very good for a 1991 CD release, and the notes are reasonably thorough.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/11/1991
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 042284938822
  • Catalog Number: 849388
  • Sales rank: 3,079

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Don't Bring Me Down (3:15)
  2. 2 See See Rider (4:00)
  3. 3 Inside Looking Out (3:46)
  4. 4 Hey Gyp (3:47)
  5. 5 Help Me Girl (2:39)
  6. 6 When I Was Young (3:00)
  7. 7 A Girl Named Sandoz (3:04)
  8. 8 San Franciscan Nights (3:20)
  9. 9 Good Times (3:00)
  10. 10 Anything (3:22)
  11. 11 Winds of Change (3:59)
  12. 12 Monterey (4:15)
  13. 13 Sky Pilot (7:29)
  14. 14 White Houses (3:45)
  15. 15 River Deep, Mountain High (7:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Burdon & the Animals Primary Artist, Track Performer
Eric Burdon Indexed Contributor, Vocals
Zoot Money Organ, Piano, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Andy Summers Guitar, Vocals
John Weider Guitar, Violin, Celeste
Danny McCulloch Bass, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Hilton Valentine Guitar
Vic Briggs Bass, Guitar, Piano, Vibes
George Bruno Piano, Hammond Organ, Vocals
Chas Chandler Bass
Barry Jenkins Drums, Tambourine, Vocals
Horace Ott Conductor
Dave Rowberry Keyboards
John Steel Drums
Royal Scots Guard Pipe And Drum Marching Band Bagpipes, Percussion
Technical Credits
The Animals Arranger, Producer
Donovan Composer
Jeff Lynne Composer
Danny McCulloch Composer
Brian Ingoldsby Engineer
Barry Jenkins Contributor
Horace Ott Arranger
Dave Rowberry Arranger
Val Valentin Engineer
Tom Wilson Producer
Rob Lipshutz Liner Notes
Donovan Leitch Composer
Every One Of Us Producer
Victor Briggs Composer
Leitch Composer
Laurence Weiss Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    This is a great CD and it has my two favorite songs on it. If you like Eric Burdon & The Animals I would definitely get this.

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