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Animalisms

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Formed in Newcastle upon Tyne during 1962 and 1963 when Eric Burdon joined the Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo, the original line-up comprised Eric Burdon (vocals), Alan Price (organ and keyboards), Hilton Valentine (guitar), John Steel (drums), and Bryan "Chas" Chandler (bass). They were dubbed "animals" because of their wild stage act and the name stuck. The ... Read more in Amazon's The Animals Store

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SUNDAZED
  • ASIN: B00443XEFW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,264,325 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed! 26 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
This review concerns the sound quality. I read the reviews on Amazon.com before deciding to buy this version of Animalisms 2009. Having bought Animalism 2006 [Original recording remastered][Original recording reissued] a few weeks ago.I can say for certain the difference is huge, as both albums have a track called "'outcast", I used as my benchmark.I found my self being totally disappointed after the excellent remastering of Animalism witch I bought through Amazon.com. How any label can put out such a low quality mastering in this day and age is beyond me. Being Repertoire makes it more so!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Animalisms is/are great 23 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
I had put off buying this cd, to replace the much-loved mono LP I had played to hiss-crackle death since 1966, because of Kjell Nordstromm's review. With trepidation, I listened for the echo he said had been added to the vocals and thought "Oh dear, he is right". After a few more listens, all I noticed was how wonderful this album is; the Animals (especially Eric Burdon) absolutely on top of their form.

Most people (not just those who have been fans of the Animals since the 60s and who, therefore, are now middle-aged, with middle-aged hearing) are too cloth-eared to notice production differences.

Just buy it, just play it. You won't be sorry.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Warning ! 27 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
Animalisms is one of the really great albums of the sixties and was long overdue beeing released in cd format.
That's why it's such a pity that the otherwise excellent Repertoire label made such a mess of it. The sound, and I compare it back to back with the original version, is eq'd so it sounds like it was recorded in some bathroom plus that extra echo was added to the vocals. Perhaps the earlier cd release on Sequal records was better but I havn't succeded in getting a copy. So - beeing warned, get an original vinyl and besides the extra tracks can be found on other cds that has not been "improved" by some confused "engineer".
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great album but... 1 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD
'Animalisms' was the third UK album by the Animals, originally released by Decca in 1966. This edition on the German repertoire label boosts the original album with 13 further tracks drawn from Decca singles and an EP of early recordings released by Decca without the bands permission and hastily withdrawn. 1966 was a landmark year in rock music, in just a few months there were seminal releases such as 'Revolver', 'Aftermath', 'Pet Sounds' and 'Blonde On Blonde'. Judged against these milestones, 'Animalisms' comes up well short, however, judged on it's own terms it's a hugely enjoyable slice of blues rock and contains some of the best vocals Eric Burdon ever committed to tape. Sadly, the band were unable to keep up with the rapidly changing times and splintered shortly afterwards.
So why only 2 stars? Well, as I've said the music is great, if hardly revolutionary, and probably deserves 3 and a half to 4 stars, but the sound quality of this remaster is awful and makes it pretty tough listening! 'Animalisms' was never released in stereo in the UK, quite unusual by 1966, but my old battered vinyl copy sounds far superior to this, the vocals are very muddy and most of the instruments are reduced to a tinny clatter. This only applies to the original album, the bonus tracks are fine. I can only assume that repertoire have used a very poor quality source tape for the album tracks. Although long out of print, the Sequel label released a far superior sounding collection of the Animals Decca output several years ago, the only real benefit of this version is it includes the original (front cover) artwork.
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