CD Retrospective [The Animals] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 195442),
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Retrospective [The Animals] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. House of the Rising Sun
    2. I'm Crying
    3. Baby Let Me Take You Home
    4. Gonna Send You Back to Walker
    5. Boom Boom
    6. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
    7. Bring It on Home to Me
    8. We Gotta Get Out of This Place
    9. It's My Life
    10. Don't Bring Me Down
    11. See See Rider
    12. Inside, Looking Out
    13. Hey Gyp
    14. Help Me Girl
    15. When I Was Young
    16. Girl Named Sandoz, A
    17. San Franciscan Nights
    18. Monterey
    19. Anything
    20. Sky Pilot
    21. White Houses
    22. Spill the Wine
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 719325

  • Credits
    ProducerMickie Most; Tom Wilson; Jerry Goldstein; Every One Of Us; Jody Klein; Teri Landi; Mickie Most; Tom Wilson; Jerry Goldstein
    EngineerDave Siddle; Dick Bogart; Chris Huston; Gus Skinas; Ed Hadani; Eddie Kramer; Jack Hunt; Dave Siddle; Dick Bogart

    The Animals: Alan Price (keyboards); Chas Chandler (bass instrument); Eric Burdon, John Steel , Hilton Valentine.
    Personnel: Eric Burdon (vocals); John Weider (guitar, violin); Vic Briggs (guitar, piano, vibraphone); Howard H. Scott, Hilton Valentine (guitar); Charles Miller (flute); Royal Scots Guard Pipe And Drum Marching Band (bagpipe, percussion); Lee Oskar (harmonica); Alan Price (piano, organ); Lonnie Jordan, Dave Rowberry (organ); Barry Jenkins (drums, percussion); Harold Brown, John Steel (drums); Thomas R. Allen, Jr. (percussion).
    Additional personnel: War.
    Audio Remixers: Eddie Kramer; Gary Kellgren; Vic Briggs.
    Liner Note Author: Jim Bessman.
    Recording information: Kingsway Recording Studio, London, England (01/22/1964-??/??/1970); Mayfair Recording Studio, New York, NY (01/22/1964-??/??/1970); RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA (01/22/1964-??/??/1970); Sunset-Highland Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA (01/22/1964-??/??/1970); Wally Heider Recording Studio, San Francisco, CA (01/22/1964-??/??/1970).
    Arrangers: Vic Briggs; Horace Ott; Dave Rowberry.
    Today the most recognition the Animals get is "House of the Rising Sun" being played on oldies radio, but in the mid-1960s they were a powerful part of the British Invasion, often reckoned on a par with the Beatles, the Stones, and the Who. Like those bands, the Animals had strong roots in blues and R&B, but, in their original incarnation, they stayed closer to those roots than their peers did. This definitive compilation, masterfully assembled by the ABKCO think tank of Teri Landi and Jody Klein, shows the tough, uncompromising use to which the Animals put their American influences. John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom" is recast as a raw garage rocker glazed with Alan Price's sinister organ riffs, and the aforementioned "House of the Rising Sun" is transformed from a traditional folk lament to an urgent, ominous piece of churning tumult.
    Of course, the group skillfully expanded those roots (with the help of some great writers), and turned out some classic working-class-rebel anthems ("We Gotta Get Out of This Place," "It's My Life"). By '67, the original lineup disbanded, and Eric Burdon led a new batch of Animals into a psychedelic West Coast sound ("San Franciscan Nights," "Monterey"). The Animals may not be given pride of place in the rock history books, but RETROSPECTIVE shows that they fully deserve it.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.192) - 4 stars out of 5 - "The Animals were the most authentic-sounding R&B band to emerge from the British Invasion of the mid-Sixties....An essential collection."
    Rolling Stone (p.154) - Included in Rolling Stone's The 10 Best Reissues & Anthologies Of 2004 - "The Animals finally get a best-of set that shows off the breadth and ferocity of their Sixties-hit streak..."
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