jueves, 21 de enero de 2010

·"The Animals" - The Animals

The Animals were an English music group of the 1960s known in the United States as part of the British Invasion. Known for their gritty, bluesy sound and deep-voiced frontman Eric Burdon, as exemplified by their signature songs "The House of the Rising Sun" and "We Gotta Get out of This Place", the band balanced tough, rock-edged pop singles against rhythm and blues-oriented album material. Formed in Newcastle upon Tyne during 1962 and 1963 when Burdon joined the Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo, the original line-up comprised Eric Burdon (vocals), Alan Price (organ and keyboards), Hilton Valentine (guitar), John Steel (drums), and Bryan "Chas" Chandler (bass). They were dubbed "animals" because of their wild stage act and the name stuck. The Animals' moderate success in their hometown and a connection with Yardbirds manager Giorgio Gomelsky motivated them to move to London in 1964, in time to be grouped with the British Invasion. They performed fiery versions of the staple rhythm and blues repertoire (Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, Nina Simone, etc). Signed to the UK Columbia subsidiary of EMI, a rocking version of the standard "Baby Let Me Follow You Down" (retitled "Baby Let Me Take You Home") was their first single. It was followed in June 1964 by the transatlantic number one hit "House of the Rising Sun". Burdon's howling vocals and the dramatic arrangement created arguably the first folk rock hit. The Animals' two-year chart career, masterminded by producer Mickie Most, featured intense gritty pop-music covers such as Sam Cooke's "Bring It On Home To Me". In contrast, their album tracks stayed with rhythm and blues, with Hooker's "Boom Boom" and Ray Charles' "I Believe to My Soul" as notable examples. Burdon's powerful, deep voice and use of keyboards as much as or more than guitars were two elements that made The Animals' sound stand out from the rest. In November 1964, the group was poised to make their American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show and began a short residency performing everyday in theatres across New York City. The group arrived at New York City's Kennedy Airport in a motorcade which featured each member of the band riding in the back seat of a Cadillac with a model. The group drove to their hotel with the occasional shriek of girls who realised who they were. The Animals sang "I'm Crying" and "The House of The Rising Sun" to a packed audience of hysterical girls screaming throughout both performances. By May 1965 the group was starting to feel internal pressures. Price left due to personal and musical differences as well as a fear of flying on tour; he went on to a successful career as a solo artist and with the Alan Price Set. Mick Gallagher filled in for him on keyboards for a short time until Dave Rowberry replaced him and was on hand for the hit working-class anthem "We Gotta Get out of This Place". As 1965 ended, the group switched to Decca Records and producer Tom Wilson, who gave them more artistic freedom. In early 1966 MGM Records, their American label, collected their hits on The Best of The Animals; it became their best-selling album in the US. In February 1966 Steel left and was replaced by Barry Jenkins; a leftover cover of Goffin-King's "Don't Bring Me Down" was the last hit as The Animals. For the single "See See Rider" they changed the name into Eric Burdon & The Animals. By this time their business affairs "were in a total shambles" according to Chas Chandler (who went on to manage Jimi Hendrix) and in September 1966 the group finally disbanded.



01- The House of the Rising Sun
02- Blue Feeling
03- I Ain't Got You
04- I've Been Around
05- Let the Good Times Roll
06- For Miss Caulker
07- Roadrunner
08- Bring It on Home to Me
09- Mess Around
10- How You've Changed
11- Dimples
12- I Believe to my Soul
13- The Girl Can't Help It
14- Roberta
15- Club A Go-Go
16- Worried Life Blues
17- I Can't Believe It
18- I'm in Love Again
19- I'm Gonna Change the World
20- Memphis, Tennessee
21- The Right Time
22- Gonna Send You Back to Walker
23- I'm Crying
24- I'm Talking About You

Bonus Track:

25- We Gotta Get Out of This Place (French EP rare mix)

2 comentarios:

  1. Thank you for this great Animals album, and for all of your kindness and generosity. Have a great 2011. All the best,


  2. Hola por favor ¿puedes volver a subir el álbum: The Animals (versión US 1964) ¿ pues el link no funciona, muchas gracias.