Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted

Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted


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Cut 11 years after the Animals' original lineup recorded their last LP and six years before their more well-remembered reunion tour, this oft-overlooked album is just short of a lost classic; it lacks the intensity of their 1983 studio effort, Ark, but it is more substantial musically than that album and fits in very neatly with their preceding work, as though they'd scarcely skipped a beat. Recorded under the auspices of the late Chas Chandler's Barn Productions, the album was highlighted by a dramatically bluesy rendition of "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," boasting superb playing by Alan Price. Hilton Valentine's soaring guitar pyrotechnics light up "Fire on the Sun," perhaps the flashiest performance of his career for this most introspective of '60s British blues axemen, and "As the Crow Flies" has the group returning to its roots, as a dark, brooding rendition of the Jimmy Reed song that gives room for Chandler, Valentine, Price, and John Steel to show off their '60s-era blues chops in a more expansive form. After a promising start, the gospel number "Many Rivers to Cross" falls apart a bit, but "Just a Little Bit," with its rippling organ break, the group original "Riverside County," and the pounding finale, "The Fool," make the rest of side two eminently enjoyable, although, coming out in the midst of the punk and disco booms, the LP never had a chance to be heard by more than the most dedicated fans.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/2018
Label: Secret Records
UPC: 5036436115129
catalogNumber: 194


  1. Brother Bill (The Last Clean Shirt)
  2. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
  3. Fire on the Sun
  4. As the Crow Flies
  5. Please Send Me Someone to Love
  6. Many Rivers to Cross
  7. Just Want a Little Bit
  8. Riverside Country
  9. Lonely Avenue
  10. The Fool

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Animals   Primary Artist
Alan Price   Keyboards,Group Member
Hilton Valentine   Guitar,Group Member
Eric Burdon   Vocals,Group Member
Chas Chandler   Bass,Group Member
John Steel   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Percy Mayfield   Composer
Jimmy Reed   Composer
Jimmy Cliff   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Earl Washington   Composer
Sanford Clark   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Alan Price   Composer
Hilton Valentine   Composer
Eric Burdon   Composer
Ralph Bass   Composer
Chas Chandler   Composer,Producer
Shakey Jake Harris   Composer
Alan O'Duffy   Engineer
Clyde Otis   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
John Thornton   Composer

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