A's,B's & Ep's CD (2008)

Artist: Animals

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Product Overview


Label Emi Gold
SKU 60602974
UPC 724358311426
UPC 14 00724358311426
Format CD
Release Date 11/24/2008
Author Animals
Associated Artist/Work Williamson, Sonny B. (Rice Mill
Technical Info
CatalogID 5831142
Lable Name EMI Music Distribution
Released 05/05/2003
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 70m : 51s
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724358311426
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Eric Burdon (vocals); Hilton Valentine (guitar); Alan Price (keyboards); John Steel (drums).
Liner Note Author: Martin Hutchinson.
The Animals' output on EMI has been so heavily reissued and recompiled so many times that none of it is especially rare, or notable for that reason -- it just stands up as music, especially the singles, which are what we have represented here. The compilation CD A's B's & EP's is a handy way of taking a tour of the group's early sound, up through the middle of 1965, boiling down their singles, B-sides, and EP's in excellent sound. It took the group a few tries to really master the art of making a strong album from start to finish, but -- as we're reminded here -- their 45s were beyond reproach, exciting, bold, and daring, and all memorable. Hearing Hilton Valentine's guitar crunching and chiming away on "I'm Crying," or John Steel's drums up close and personal on "Boom Boom," supporting Eric Burdon's voice and juxtaposed with Alan Price's organ, is still a bracing experience 40 years later -- and on this master, Valentine's trip down the fret board and Price's keyboard flourishes exude rippling energy and a bracing presence -- even on cheap speakers, Steel's snare is distinguishable from the rest of the rhythm section; and on "It's My Life" you can practically hear the action on his kit. And this disc is also a good opportunity for low-level fans to discover obscurities such "I'm Gonna Change the World" which, with its ambitious lyric and form, sort of anticipates the later compositions that Burdon would cut, on his own and away from virtually all help. The annotation is nothing special, the packaging has its weaknesses (in terms of the original releases of the songs), and EMI's Complete Animals still runs circles around this CD, but it's an okay piece to have and easier to find than that double-disc set, as of 2004. ~ Bruce Eder
Disc 1
3 House of the Rising Sun, The
4 Talkin' 'Bout You
5 I'm Crying
6 Boom Boom
7 Around and Around
8 Dimples
9 I've Been Around
10 Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
11 Club A Go-Go
12 Bring It on Home to Me
13 For Miss Caulker
14 I'm in Love Again
15 Bury My Body
16 I'm Mad Again
17 She Said Yeah
18 We Gotta Get Out of This Place
19 It's My Life
20 I'm Gonna Change the World
21 How You've Changed
22 I Believe to My Soul
23 Let the Good Times Roll
24 Worried Life Blues
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