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Comprehensive collection of one of the most important British groups.

  • Jan 3, 2009
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I had been searching for a comprehesive collection of The Animals for something like 20 years but I never managed to find one that I liked.  The only collection I ever saw that included all of their hit singles was a 2 CD set from Britain that contained far more material than I wanted at a price I was unwilling to pay.  At long last, in 2003, Australia's Raven records saw fit to release "Absolute Animals: 1964-1968".   This impressive single disc collection includes all of the M-G-M hits from the original 1964-1966 Animals as well as hits by the new incarnation of the group known as Eric Burdon and the Animals from 1967-1968.   These are all the original recordings you would remember from the radio.  Enjoy once again some of the group's earliest hits including their fabulous debut single "The House of the Rising Sun" which went all the way to the top of the charts in the summer of 1964.  Also are included are Top 20 hits like "It's My Life", "See See Rider" and "When I Was Young" from 1967,   Perhaps my favorite Animals tune of all time is the 1966 hit "Help Me Girl" which is also included here.   After a couple of personnel changes in 1966 and 1967 the group would re-emerge with a somewhat different sound and would be known as Eric Burdon and the Animals.  It was this group that produced such great hits as "San Franciscan Nights""Monterey" and  "Sky Pilot" which are all part of this collection as well. 
 
As a collector I am very pleased to report that  "Absolute Animals: 1964-1968" also comes with a neat 12 page booklet describing the history of the group and what various group members are up to today.  I had the pleasure of seeing Eric Burden perform at a local festival a number of years ago. He still looked and sounded pretty much the same. If you are an Animals fan or a collector I would snap this one up while it is still available.   Kudos to Raven records for a long overdue and well thought out anthology of an important British Invasion group.   Very highly recommended!
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January 26, 2009
I love the Animals and hope to catch Eric the next time he's anywhere near Chicago. I've always had a soft spot for "We've Gotta Get out of This Place" especially after I went to work for the Postal Service--otherwise known as the Pissed Officed, the post Awful etc. where it is regarded as the Worker's Anthem.
 
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Absolute Animals 1964-1968 (Remastered Edition) is quite simply the best, most comprehensive single CD ANIMALS compilation available in the world – covering the legendary band's output from beginning to end, incorporating the first era of R&B-styled classics and the second era of spacey, psychedelic excursions.

All their classic hits are present, from 'House of the Rising Sun' (US & UK #1), 'It's My Life' (US #23 / UK #7), 'Don't Bring Me Down' (US #12 / UK #6), 'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood' (US #15 / UK #3), 'We Gotta Get Out Of This Place' (US #13 / UK #2) and 'See See Rider' (US #10) through 'Good Times' (UK #20), 'When I Was Young' (US #15 / UK #45), 'San Franciscan Nights' (US #9 / UK #7), 'Monterey' (US #15) and 'Sky Pilot' (US #14 / UK #40). With 20 tracks at 78 minutes duration and featuring extensive liner notes, this is a must for Animals aficionados and lovers of enduring and quality music alike.

TRACK LISTING:
1. HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN
2. BOOM BOOM
3. I'M CRYING
4. BABY LET ME TAKE YOU HOME
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. INSIDE, LOOKING OUT
10. DON'T BRING ME DOWN
11. SEE SEE RIDER
12. HELP ME GIRL
13. WHEN I WAS YOUNG
14. SAN FRANCISCAN NIGHTS
15. MONTEREY
16. SKY PILOT PARTS 1 & 2
17. RING OF FIRE
18. GOOD TIMES
19. COLOURED RAIN
20. ANIMAL INTERVIEWS (No

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Performer: Animals
Release Date: October 14, 2003
Label: Raven
Genre: Rock
Release Date: October 14, 2003
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