The Story of the Animals

The Story of the Animals

by The Animals



This double-disc, 41-track collection does what the title promises. It runs through the Animals' -- and the subsequent Eric Burdon & the Animals' -- singles, A- and B-sides from March 1964's "Baby Let Me Take You Home" till January 1969's cover of "Ring of Fire." By representing both the early- and late-'60s Animals incarnations, it's a relatively comprehensive summation of the band, at least as embodied by their singles. It's not complete since there is nothing from the band's excellent 1977 reunion album Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted. Also, the dreadful 1983 second reunion track "The Night" is incongruously and non-chronologically tacked on as the last cut of the first disc, making the omission of Rudely material that much more frustrating. That said, this is nonetheless a solid compilation of the Eric Burdon-led combo as they progress from the Chicago blues interpreters that exposed many '60s youngsters to the music of John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Reed to the rampant, often over-the-top psychedelics of "Sky Pilot" and the good-natured flower-power simplicity of "Monterey." The sound varies, but is generally lackluster with the earlier tracks oddly seeming more vivid and less compressed than the later ones, which appear muddy in comparison. The 12-page booklet is unreasonably skimpy though. Reproductions of some single sleeves make a worthy addition; however, the lack of individual track personnel is a frustrating omission and the short, poorly written essay is embarrassing. The B-sides provide interesting rarities such as "White Houses" ("River Deep, Mountain High"'s flip) and "It's All Meat," a 1968 obscurity that sounds remarkably like early Jefferson Airplane. While neither is up to the standards of the best tunes, they provide a full warts and all picture of the seminal group in its rootsy honesty, well-intentioned excess, and occasionally misguided glory.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/21/1999
Label: Br Music Holland
UPC: 8712089811225
catalogNumber: 8112

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Animals   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

John Lee Hooker   Composer
Animals   Producer
Ray Charles   Composer
Alan Price   Composer
Larry Weiss   Composer
Eric Burdon   Composer
Ma Rainey   Composer
Roger Atkins   Composer
Chas Chandler   Composer
Carl D'Errico   Composer
Scott English   Composer
Ahmet Ertegun   Composer
Wes Farrell   Composer
Barry Jenkins   Composer
Mickie Most   Producer
Dave Rowberry   Composer
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart   Composer
Tom Wilson   Producer
Bert Russell   Composer
Skip Voogd   Liner Notes
Johnnie Mae Matthews   Composer
James C. Bracken   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Stephen Lipson   Producer

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The Singles Plus 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These cd's contain the hits and misses with the Animals, but they are pretty much all hits in my book, because I bought these cd's and you should too, if you like the Animals!!!