Story of the Animals

Story of the Animals

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by The Animals
     
 

This double-disc, 41-track collection does what the title promises. It runs through the Animals' -- and the subsequent Eric Burdon & the Animals' -- singles, A- and B-sides from March 1964's "Baby Let Me Take You Home" till January 1969's cover of "Ring of Fire." By representing both the early- and late-'60s AnimalsSee more details below

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This double-disc, 41-track collection does what the title promises. It runs through the Animals' -- and the subsequent Eric Burdon & the Animals' -- singles, A- and B-sides from March 1964's "Baby Let Me Take You Home" till January 1969's cover of "Ring of Fire." By representing both the early- and late-'60s Animals incarnations, it's a relatively comprehensive summation of the band, at least as embodied by their singles. It's not complete since there is nothing from the band's excellent 1977 reunion album Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted. Also, the dreadful 1983 second reunion track "The Night" is incongruously and non-chronologically tacked on as the last cut of the first disc, making the omission of Rudely material that much more frustrating. That said, this is nonetheless a solid compilation of the Eric Burdon-led combo as they progress from the Chicago blues interpreters that exposed many '60s youngsters to the music of John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Reed to the rampant, often over-the-top psychedelics of "Sky Pilot" and the good-natured flower-power simplicity of "Monterey." The sound varies, but is generally lackluster with the earlier tracks oddly seeming more vivid and less compressed than the later ones, which appear muddy in comparison. The 12-page booklet is unreasonably skimpy though. Reproductions of some single sleeves make a worthy addition; however, the lack of individual track personnel is a frustrating omission and the short, poorly written essay is embarrassing. The B-sides provide interesting rarities such as "White Houses" ("River Deep, Mountain High"'s flip) and "It's All Meat," a 1968 obscurity that sounds remarkably like early Jefferson Airplane. While neither is up to the standards of the best tunes, they provide a full warts and all picture of the seminal group in its rootsy honesty, well-intentioned excess, and occasionally misguided glory.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/21/1999
Label:
Br Music Holland
UPC:
8712089811225
catalogNumber:
8112

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. The House of the Rising Sun
  2. Gonna Send You Back to Walker
  3. I'm Crying
  4. Boom Boom
  5. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
  6. Bring It on Home to Me
  7. We Gotta Get out of This Place
  8. It's My Life
  9. Baby Let Me Take You Home
  10. Talkin' About You
  11. Take It Easy
  12. Club a Go Go
  13. Roadrunner
  14. Mess Around
  15. Dimples
  16. I'm in Love Again
  17. I Ain't Got You
  18. Bright Lights Big City
  19. Blue Feeling
  20. The Night

Disc 2

  1. Inside Looking Out
  2. You're on My Mind
  3. Don't Bring Me Down
  4. Cheating
  5. Cc Rider
  6. Help Me Girl
  7. She'll Return
  8. That Ain't Where It's At
  9. When I Was Young
  10. A Girl Named Sandoz
  11. San Franciscan Nights
  12. Good Times
  13. Monterey
  14. The Other Side of This Life
  15. Sky Pilot
  16. Anything
  17. It's All Meat
  18. River Deep Mountain High
  19. White Houses
  20. Ring of Fire
  21. I'm an Animal

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Animals   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

John Lee Hooker   Composer
Animals   Producer
Ray Charles   Composer
Alan Price   Composer
Larry Weiss   Composer
Eric Burdon   Composer
Ma Rainey   Composer
Roger Atkins   Composer
Chas Chandler   Composer
Carl Derrico   Composer
Scott English   Composer
Ahmet Ertegun   Composer
Wes Farrell   Composer
Barry Jenkins   Composer
Steve Lipson   Producer
Mickie Most   Producer
Dave Rowberry   Composer
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart   Composer
Tom Wilson   Producer
Bert Russell   Composer
Skip Voogd   Liner Notes
Johnnie Mae Matthews   Composer
James C. Bracken   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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