Animals

  • That was the invite we got when we tuned in to the best music show in the UK, nay, in the world every Friday evening from August 9, 1963 to December 23, 1966. The LP you have in your hands contains 13 tracks from the Animals on RSG, from 1965 and 1966, an interview with Eric Burdon and 3 tracks from the Richmond Jazz & Blues Festival in August 1965. For the latter occasion the boys had supplemented their stage presence by brass and horn players – with several being British jazzers of some repute – and had christened the new ensemble, The Animals Big Band. The Big Band “extras” appear again on the opening tracks of this album, “Let The Good Times Roll” and “Talkin’ Bout You” and demonstrate that the experiment worked superbly. No British band has ever sounded this close to an American black jump blues outfit before. R&B64  
  • The Weekend Starts Here That was the invite we got when we tuned in to the best music show in the UK, nay, in the world every Friday evening from August 9, 1963 to December 23, 1966. The CD you have in your hands contains 13 tracks from the Animals on RSG, 27 tracks taken off US TV, 9 tracks from French radio, and an interview with Eric Burdon. 3 tracks from August ’65 are by The Animals Big Band; the boys supplementing their stage presence with a brass section - no British band had ever before sounded this close to an American black jump blues outfit. While The Complete Live Broadcasts I zeroed in on the songs, this set captures much of the atmosphere of the group’s live performances. The Animals created dozens of superb tracks across their singles, EP’s and albums between 1964 and 1966 but the best way to experience the group was live. This set is the nearest equivalent to actually being there. Dave Stephens RANDB061
  • In 1965, there were two types of group in the UK: those influenced strongly by the Beatles, and those whose raison d'être was American blues and R&B. In part this split would have come about because of the pioneering blues work from Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies, who were both London based. Newcastle’s Animals and Belfast’s Them were the two biggest exceptions. Among the highlights of this CD set are the Animals’ contributions to a Granada TV show “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”. Check out the clip on the net - the camera sweeps across and Eric kicks into the a cappella intro to “Talkin’ ‘Bout You” supported only by hand clapping; there’s a flourish from Alan Price’s Vox and they’re off. Elsewhere the boys conjure up images of people like Pinetop Perkins via Ray Charles’ early classic “Mess Around”; they give us their take on the much recorded “See See Rider” which doesn’t owe a debt to anyone; and they deliver a swinging ”I Got To Find My Baby” with plenty of ad hoc extras from Eric. Several of those great hit singles (plus a flip plus some LP tracks) are here too, all benefitting from full “road testing”; Hooker’s “Boom Boom” is a stand -out with mood switching between intimacy and all out rocking. Round about the time the Animals‘ first single was released, I saw the band perform in one of those Central London clubs you have to go downstairs to reach. They were the toughest of the British R&B Groups. They were the real thing. Dave Stephens RANDB057
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    Side ONE 1. MESS AROUND 2. WHAT AM I LIVING FOR 3. SEE SEE RIDER 4. I GOT TO FIND MY BABY 5. BRING IT ON HOME TO ME (Take Two) 6. WE’VE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE (Take Two) 7. IT’S MY LIFE 8. DON'T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD Side TWO 1. BOOM BOOM 2. WHAT AM I LIVING FOR 3. TALKIN' 'BOUT YOU 4. SHOUT 5. AROUND & AROUND 6. WE'VE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE 7. I'M GONNA CHANGE THE WORLD 8. LUCILLE R&B43
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    Side ONE 1. I Get So Excited (The Animals) (5:15) 2. It’s My Life, Baby/Tobacco Road (Loudermilk) (10:02) 3. Yes I´m Experienced (The Animals) (4:43) Side TWO 1. San Franciscan Nights (The Animals) (4:53) 2. Monterey (The Animals) (6:46) 3. Paint It Black (Jagger/Richards) (6:57) R&B35
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    Nights In San Francisco Side one 1. C. C. Rider (Traditional) 2. A Love Like Ours (Holland/Dozier/Holland) 3. Shake, Rattle And Roll (Calhoun) 4. Tobacco Road (Loudenmilk) 5. Roadrunner (McDaniels) 6. C. C. Rider (Traditional) Side two 1. Paint It Black (Jagger/Richards) 2. When I Was Young (The Animals) 3. The Same Thing (The Animals) 4. Rockin’ The Blues (The Animals) 5. Connection (Jagger/Richards) 6. San Franciscan Nights (The Animals) 7. Good Times (The Animals) 8. Interview (Eric Burdon) R&B21
  • SIDE ONE 1. Inside Looking Out (Lomax/Burdon/Chandler) 2. Sweet Little Sixteen (Berry) 3. In The Wee Wee Hours (Turner) 4. Maudie (Hooker) 5. She´ll Return It (Rowberry/Burdon) 6. John Steel (Interview) 7. One Monkey Don't Stop No Show (Tex) SIDE TWO 1. Shake* (Cooke) 2. Don´t Bring Me Down* (Goffin/King) 3. Inside Looking Out* (Lomax/Burdon/Chandler) 4. That´s All I Am To You* (Blackwell/Scott) 5. One Monkey Don't Stop No Show* (Tex) 6. It´s My Life* (Atkins/Enrico) 7. Work Song (Adderley/Brown) R&B13
  • The Animals Radio & TV Sessions 1965 Side One 1. WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE (VERSION 1) 2. BRING IT ON HOME TO ME (VERSION 1) 3. DON’T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD VERSION 1) 4. DROWN IN MY OWN TEARS 5. AIN’T THAT A SHAME 6. SQUEEZE HER, TEASE HER 7. LAWDY MISS CLAWDY Side Two 1. BRING IT ON HOME TO ME (VERSION 2) 2. I´M CRYING 3. DON’T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD (VERSION 2) 4. WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE (VERSION 2) 5. CLUB A-GO-GO 6. C.C. RIDER 7. IT´S MY LIFE Recording first published 1965 R&B7
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    Side One 1. WE´RE GONNA HOWL TONIGHT 2. BABY WHAT'S WRONG 3. ROSIE 4. I CAN'T BELIEVE IT 5. WORK SONG 6. GONNA SEND YOU BACK TO GEORGIA 7. DIMPLES Side Two 1. C.C. RIDER 2. HEARTBREAK HOTEL 3. CORINA, CORINA 4. HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN 5. BOOM BOOM 6. TALKIN' BOUT YOU R&B2