“The Animals” by The Animals - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1964Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s

TJR says

The American version of The Animals debut was first to market and led-off with “The House Of The Rising Sun”, albeit the truncated version that had appeared Stateside as a 45 (MGM K-13264) just weeks earlier. Severe treatment of a classic! Twelve cover versions make up the LP, as was the done thing for the upcoming UK R n B groups of the time. They manage to animalize the songs, mostly down to the stylish and distinctive lead vocals of Eric Burdon and the menacing organ and keyboards of Alan Price. The American kids might have had first dibs on an Animals LP, but they missed out on “Story Of Bo Diddley” and “Dimples” (2 of 5 changes on the British edition all told). All the same, this was a gritty debut which went a long way towards establishing the English music scene as a credible leftfield force.

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A1 [02:59] 9.0.png The Animals - The House Of The Rising Sun [edited single version] (Traditional) Folk Rock / Americana
A2 [02:20] 6.3.png The Animals - The Girl Can’t Help It (Bobby Troup) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
A3 [02:28] 6.6.png The Animals - Blue Feeling (Jimmy Henshaw) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A4 [02:18] 6.6.png The Animals - Baby Let Me Take You Home (Bert Russell, Wes Farrell) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A5 [03:42] 7.3.png The Animals - The Right Time (Lew Herman) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A6 [01:55] 5.8.png The Animals - Talkin’ ’Bout You (Ray Charles Robinson) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B1 [02:44] 5.9.png The Animals - Around And Around (Charles Berry) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
B2 [02:59] 7.2.png The Animals - I’m In Love Again (Antoine Domino, Dave Bartholomew) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B3 [02:22] 6.2.png The Animals - Gonna Send You Back To Walker (Johnnie Mae Matthews, John Hammond Jr.) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B4 [03:04] 6.4.png The Animals - Memphis, Tennessee (Charles Berry) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B5 [04:15] 8.8.png The Animals - I’m Mad Again (John Lee Hooker) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B6 [01:35] 5.4.png The Animals - I’ve Been Around (Antoine Domino) Pop

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