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The Animals

One of the most important bands originating from England's R&B scene during the early '60s, the Animals were second only to the Rolling Stones in influence among R&B-based bands in the first wave of the British Invasion. The Animals had their origins in a Newcastle-based group called the Kansas City Five, whose membership included pianist Alan Price, drummer John Steel, and vocalist Eric Burdon. Price exited to join the Kontours in 1962, while Burdon went off to London. The Kontours, whose membership included Bryan "Chas" Chandler, eventually were transmuted into the Alan Price R&B Combo, with John Steel joining on drums. Burdon's return to Newcastle in early 1963 heralded his return to the lineup. The final member of the combo, guitarist Hilton Valentine, joined just in time for the recording of a self-produced EP under the band's new name, the Animals. That record alerted Graham Bond to the Animals; he was likely responsible for pointing impresario Giorgio Gomelsky to the group.

Gomelsky booked the band into his Crawdaddy Club in London, and they were subsequently signed by Mickie Most, an independent producer who secured a contract with EMI's Columbia imprint. A studio session in February 1964 yielded their Columbia debut single, "Baby Let Me Take You Home" (adapted from "Baby Let Me Follow You Down"), which rose to number 21 on the British charts. For years, it was rumored incorrectly that the Animals got their next single, "House of the Rising Sun," from Bob Dylan's first album, but it has been revealed that, like "Baby Let Me Take You Home," the song came to them courtesy of Josh White. In any event, the song -- given a new guitar riff by Valentine and a soulful organ accompaniment devised by Price -- shot to the top of the U.K. and U.S. charts early that summer. This success led to a follow-up session that summer, yielding their first long-playing record, The Animals. Their third single, "I'm Crying," rose to number eight on the British charts. The group compiled an enviable record of Top Ten successes, including "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" and "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place," along with a second album, Animal Tracks.

In May of 1965, immediately after recording "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place," Alan Price left the band, citing fear of flying as the reason; subsequent biographies of the band have indicated that the reasons were less psychological. When "House of the Rising Sun" was recorded, using what was essentially a group arrangement, the management persuaded the band to put one person's name down as arranger. Price came up the lucky one, supposedly with the intention that the money from the arranger credit would be divided later on. The money was never divided, however, and as soon as it began rolling in, Price suddenly developed his fear of flying and exited the band. Others cite the increasing contentiousness between Burdon and Price over leadership of the group as the latter's reason for leaving. In any case, a replacement was recruited in the person of Dave Rowberry.

In the meantime, the group was growing increasingly unhappy with the material they were being given to record by manager Mickie Most. Not only were the majority of these songs much too commercial for their taste, but they represented a false image of the band, even if many were successful. "It's My Life," a number seven British hit and a similar smash in America, caused the Animals to terminate their association with Most and with EMI Records. They moved over to Decca/London Records and came up with a more forceful, powerful sound on their first album for the new label, Animalisms. The lineup shifts continued, however: Steel exited in 1966, after recording Animalisms, and was replaced by Barry Jenkins, formerly of the Nashville Teens. Chandler left in mid-1966 after recording "Don't Bring Me Down," and Valentine remained until the end of 1966, but essentially "Don't Bring Me Down" marked the end of the original Animals.

Burdon re-formed the group under the aegis of Eric Burdon and the New Animals, with Jenkins on drums, John Weider on guitar and violin, Danny McCulloch on bass, and Vic Briggs on guitar. He remained officially a solo act for a time, releasing a collection of material called Eric Is Here in 1967. As soon as the contract with English Decca was up, Burdon signed with MGM directly for worldwide distribution, and the new lineup made their debut in mid-1967. Eric Burdon and the New Animals embraced psychedelica to the hilt amid the full bloom of the Summer of Love. By the end of 1968, Briggs and McCulloch had departed, to be replaced by Burdon's old friend, keyboard player/vocalist Zoot Money, and his longtime stablemate, guitarist Andy Summers, while Weider switched to bass. Finally, in 1969, Burdon pulled the plug on what was left of the Animals. He hooked up with a Los Angeles-based group called War, and started a subsequent solo career.

The original Animals reunited in 1976 for a superb album called Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted, which picked up right where Animalisms had left off a decade earlier and which was well-received critically but failed to capture the public's attention. In 1983, a somewhat longer-lasting reunion came about between the original members, augmented with the presence of Zoot Money on keyboards. The resulting album, Ark, consisting of entirely new material, was well received by critics and charted surprisingly high, and a world tour followed. By the end of the year and the heavy touring schedule, however, it was clear that this reunion was not going to be a lasting event. The quintet split up again, having finally let the other shoe drop on their careers and history, and walked away with some financial rewards, along with memories of two generations of rock fans cheering their every note. ~ Bruce Eder
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Animals (The Best)

1. The House Of The Rising Sun

2. Boom Boom

3. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

4. Don't Bring Me Down

5. Baby Let Me Take You Home

6. It's My Life

7. I Believe To My Soul

8. I'm Crying

11. Bright Lights Big City

12. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place

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Track List: The Animals (Greatest Hits)

1. Bring It On Home To Me

2. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place

3. I Believe To My Soul

4. Baby Let Me Take You Home

6. Boom Boom

8. The House Of The Rising Sun

9. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

10. I'm Crying

11. Don't Bring Me Down

12. It's My Life

15. Bright Lights Big City

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Track List: The Animals On Tour

1. Boom Boom (Live)

2. How You've Changed (Live)

3. Mess Around (Live)

4. Bright Lights, Big City (Live)

5. I Believe To My Soul (Live)

6. Worried Life Blues (Live)

7. Let The Good Times Roll (Live)

8. Ain't Got You (Live)

9. Hallelujah, I Love Her So (Live)

10. I'm Crying (Live)

11. Dimples (Live)

12. She Said Yeah (Live)

13. Baby What's Wrong (Live)

14. F-E-E-L (Live)

15. New Year's Radio Spot (Live)

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Track List: House Of The Rising Sun

1. House Of The Rising Sun

2. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

3. We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place

4. Let The Good Times Roll

5. I'm Crying

6. Dimples

8. Take It Easy

9. Bright Lights, Big City

10. It's My Life

11. Baby Let Me Take You Home

12. The Right Time

13. For Miss Caulker

14. Gonna Send You Back To Walker

15. Bring It On Home To Me

16. I Can't Believe It

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Track List: The Complete Animals

Disc 1

1. Boom Boom

2. Talkin' Bout You

3. Blue Feeling

4. Dimples

5. Baby Let Me Take You Home

6. Gonna Send You Back To Walker

7. Baby What's Wrong

8. The House Of The Rising Sun

9. F-E-E-L

10. I'm Mad Again

11. The Right Time

12. Around And Around

13. I'm In Love Again

14. Bury My Body

15. She Said Yeah

16. I'm Crying

17. Take It Easy

18. The Story Of Bo Diddley

19. The Girl Can't Help It

20. I've Been Around

Disc 2

1. Memphis Tennessee

2. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

4. Roadrunner

5. Hallelujah I Love Her So

6. Don't Want Much

7. I Believe To My Soul

8. Let The Good Times Roll

9. Mess Around

10. How You've Changed

11. I Ain't Got You

12. Roberta

13. Bright Lights Big City

14. Worried Life Blues

15. Bring It On Home To Me

16. For Miss Caulker

17. I Can't Believe It

18. We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place

19. It's My Life

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Track List: Animalization

1. Don't Bring Me Down

2. One Monkey Don't Stop No Show

3. You're On My Mind

4. Cheating

5. She'll Return It

6. Inside, Looking Out

7. See See Rider

8. Gin House Blues

9. Maudie

10. What Am I Living For

11. Sweet Little Sixteen

12. I Put A Spell On You

13. Don't Bring Me Down (Stereo Version/Bonus Track)

14. Cheating (Stereo Version/Bonus Track)

15. See See Rider (Stereo Version/Bonus Track)

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Track List: The Best Of The Animals

1. House of the Rising Sun

2. I'm Crying

3. Baby, Let me Take you Home

4. Around and Around

5. Talkin' Bout You

6. Don't Let Me be Misunderstood

7. Boom Boom

8. Dimples

9. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place

10. I'm in Love Again

11. Bury My Body

12. Gonna Send You Back to Walker

13. Story of Bo Diddley

14. It's My Life

15. Bring it on Home to me

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Track List: Animalisms

1. One Monkey Don't Stop No Show

2. Maudie

4. Sweet Little Sixteen

5. You're On My Mind

7. Gin House Blues

9. What Am I Living For

10. I Put A Spell On You

12. She'll Return It

13. Inside Looking Out

14. Don't Bring Me Down

15. Cheating

16. Help Me Girl

17. See See Rider

18. I Just Wanna Make Love To You

19. Boom Boom

20. Big Boss Man

21. Pretty Thing

22. Don't Bring Me Down

23. See See Rider

24. Help Me Girl

25. Cheating

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Track List: Animal Tracks

1. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place (US Single Version)

2. Take It Easy Baby

3. Bring It On Home To Me

4. The Story Of Bo Diddley

5. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

6. I Can't Believe It

7. Club A-Go-Go

8. Roberta

9. Bury My Body

10. For Miss Caulker

11. Roadrunner

12. Don't Want Much

13. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place (UK Single Version)

14. It's My Life

15. I'm Gonna Change The World

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Track List: The Animals

1. House Of The Rising Sun

2. The Girl Can't Help It

3. Blue Feeling

4. Baby Let Me Take You Home

5. The Right Time

6. Talkin' Bout You

7. Around And Around

8. I'm In Love

9. Gonna Send You Back To Walker

10. Memphis, Tennessee

11. I'm Mad Again

12. I've Been Around

13. Talkin' 'Bout You (Bonus Track)

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Love this song
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dragonlady60 8 8
EXCELLANT SONG
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gourmetnsb
The. Animals
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True animals.
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The name...
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Old but Gold
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♥️
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Your so cool that I don't know what to do with my self and I love the song Crimson and clover
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Almost went down that road.
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Tip only the best on British invasion radio
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I love this kind of music
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Take the tour when in New orleans
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House of the Rising Son is a great haunting song. The Animals rocked this song.
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Love
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Backing in the 60s you could hear this all over the place..
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Wish music could be like this today
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steveart
Eric Burdon, supreme vocalist. Also love San Fransiscan NIghts.
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Great song from the Animals.
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creveling33
When was this edit recorded? Original recording is still tops to me
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Real Music From Real instruments, heard best on REEL TO REEL
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I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS SONG.
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This was in suicide squad 2016
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they put on a helluva show in houston in 68
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Love momma cass
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Hey how about some John Kay and Stepenwolf
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19sandy62
I'm digging this...
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davehaze7
Can't get any more classic than this!
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Nam flashback intensifies
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This song reminds me of mafia 3
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OK !!!!!!!!
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This awesome classic rock Jam, was the first song that was ever taught two me, 2 play On My Guitar. It's from the Animals. Who are classic rock and at its finest! This Jam, The House of the Rising Sun, is a totally amazing Jam. The Animals Rock America! They are classic rock at its finest! Awesome Jam, & so fun to play on the guitar. Rock on!
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in the heart
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the good old days when music was not only heard ....but felt deep in the heat...does anyoner else feel it
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I think of supernatural whenever I hear this song
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Good for battle field 1
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Grew up with this .Groove in baby.
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Classic cool!
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C A S I N O........... . , O , O , O , O X O , O , O X X
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Of all time wonderful s**t
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They're making Nike commercial

around corner from my house .......... ..
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NIKKIE
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The Animals where just as good as any of the group's come over . maybe better.
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This guy doesn't sound like Eric Burdon, I remember his voice with more of a bass sound. when he sang this song.
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House of the Rising Sun...goes back forever. I don't think anyone knows who originally wrote it.
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