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Every One of Us

The Animals Audio CD
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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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  • Audio CD (11 Oct 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B00042YBTA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,977 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. White Houses
2. Uppers And Downers
3. Serenade To A Sweet Lady
4. The Immigrant Lad
5. Year Of The Guru
6. St. James Infirmary
7. New York 1963 - America 1968
8. River Deep, Mountain High (Single Version) (Bonus Track)
9. White Houses (Single Version) (Bonus Track)

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(2004/REPERTOIRE) 9 tracks MGM 1968 - digipacMedium 1
  1. White Houses
  2. Uppers And Downers
  3. Serenade To A Sweet Lady
  4. The Immigrant Lad
  5. Year Of The Guru
  6. St. James Infirmary
  7. New York 1963 - America 1968
  8. River Deep, Mountain High (single version)
  9. White Houses (single version)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic album released on CD at long last 25 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD
It seems like ages ago when I first got myself CD copies of Burdon's Winds Of Change and The Twain Shall Meet albums. I got very frustrated when the oneven Love Is 2LP was released on CD and it looked like the classic Every One Of Us was going to be overlooked forever. It took until 2004 before finally some record exec woke up: "Geez, there's still this album by Burdon to be re-released....... let's give it a shot......"
I have never read a positive review about Every One Of Us, still is is considered a classic where I come from ( that's Amsterdam, Holland ). It was spinned in the clubs much more than Twain was at the time and we loved it.
Just like e.g. Traffic & Family, Burdon followed up a trippy psych album with a well crafted, more down to earth effort. This is probably the best playing you'll ever hear by Burdon's Animals. The spanner in the wheel for much of his audience were the spoken parts Burdon used to vent his political spleen. These are no problem to me, I even understand The Immigrant Lad's bar conversation between a Londener and a Geordie on this CD release ( LOL !! ) and the US fighter pilot monologue in New York 1963/America 1968 is downright chilling and right on the money....... Sadly it's those spoken pieces that date the album as a timepiece, where otherwise it would have been in the same timeless class as Traffic II and Family Entertaiment.
Someone's done a superb job on the re-mastering, the music is right in your face ( or in your ears if you prefer ), but the bonus track 45 edit of White Houses ( which cuts out pratically all of the famous guitar solo ) I can do without. Mercifully it's the last track........
Thank god I can finally retire my old vinyl copy, the one with the involuntairy surf and campfire noises.......... and be warned: if you are into Burdon or into the music of the late 60-s, this is a mandatory album ! Get a copy yesterday.....
Peace,
Martin
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars love this one too! 4 July 2012
Format:Audio CD
this had a minor hit single on it. "white houses" In the u.s. that is. It is a solid rock classic that has many powerful songs on it. the best being 'year of the guru' which was a unvieling of the whole guru movement. Noone has ever said it better and even today people fall victim to hare krisna or scientology or whatever. So the animals went agains the grain in 1968 to expose the foolishness of following some guru. The is one song on here that is long and it starts out great then turns into a space out with some guy ranting at you. That is what angered critics of the day. They forgot that the rest of the cd is great! Filled with cool songs and good playing. Read the other review he lays it down very well too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A gem ... 4 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is a good album. There's no doubt about it. There are some tracks that are hard to digest, for example the latter half of immigrant lad, but on the whole an interesting album which speaks heaps about attitudes and musical direction of the time. Even the latter half of immigrant lad has a kind of point to it but it's not something you want to listen to more than once or twice. My mostly played tracks from the album are serenade to a sweet lady, Year of the Guru, St James infirmary and white houses. I've been looking for a good, solid version of Year of the Guru for ages (after a scratchy vinyl version) and I haven't been disappointed - the riff is cool. St James infirmary is an unsung classic blues/psychadelic stampede and easily matches the power of house of the rising sun. Eric Burdon's voice is as powerful as a thundering steam train and the guitar work on the track (and album in general) is spellbinding. I only gave this four stars because of some of the harder to listen to tracks but, overall, I highly recommend this album.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is One Heavy Album!!! 9 Nov 2005
By R. A. Burke - Published on Amazon.com
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There are many who have tried to squeeze Eric Burdon's recording career into a few rigidly defined categories. Most love his recordings with the original Animals. Unfortunately, Eric's psychedelic period does seem to be an acquired taste for many. And this is unfortunate because some of his best material is made up of these recordings that seem to reek of pot and incense. It's almost as though you need to recreate the right atmosphere by wearing something of the period like a cossack shirt or a fringed jacket or something paisley and then turn the lights down so that the room is cool and dark. And, yeah, if you're one of the older generation, it's alright if you decide to go with a bottle of wine. Now, you're ready to receive Eric's vision. And it's a vision of great power and intensity. Check out John Wieder's slashing guitar solo on "White Houses" and his beautiful acoustic work on "Serenade to a Sweet Lady." "Immigrant Lad" is Eric's tribute to his native Newcastle. Then on to "Year of the Guru" - very 1967/1968 with flashes of hot guitar and a throbbing Danny McCulloch bass line along with some Burdon wit & humor. And then one of the bluesiest versions of "St. James Infirmary" ever laid down on vinyl. Eric's voice is so deep, so down there that you know right from the get-go that you are in the heart of the blues. What a powerful rendition this is - Eric has never sounded better, Vic Briggs' sitar chords glisten like tears, and Danny McCulloch provides a solid anchor with his bass. And then, just when you think you know what's coming, John Wieder takes off with another incendiary guitar solo. Given his work on "White Houses" and "St. James Infirmary", how is it that Wieder remains so little known? The longest cut is the most challenging - "New York 1963, America 1968." And, yeah I've heard some say that it is pretentious and self-indulgent. All I can say to the naysayers is "go back and listen to it once more but try to imagine that it's 1968 all over again." This is Eric's meditation/elegy on America, the hopes and visions that America held for people around the world against the turbulent backdrop of the Sixties as our dreams of love and peace were destroyed by the assassinations of the Kennedys and Martin Luther King, Jr. Even now with all these years having passed, this album is "just one big experience." Get it, turn down the lights, and enjoy!
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth and Dare 12 Jan 2005
By Will Owen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This has always been one of my favorites from the Animals, too, but I disagree with the other reviewers about the oddball stuff--the latter half of the immigrant lad, the black fighter pilot's monologue in the middle of New York 1963 - America 1968. When this album came out, that was the stuff that blew me away. It was Burdon taking his commitment to the black man and the poor man's plight and finding a radical new way of communicating it and making us listen. It was startling and gripping and now, hearing it for the first time in maybe 15 years, it still knocks me out. The man walked the walk, and the musicians were awesome; Danny McCullogh's bass defines almost every song on the album. On Winds of Change, there were lots of tricks reaching to break through the conventions of r&b and bring it into the acid age. I think Burdon larned a lot in doing that stuff and this album was a return to the simple, straightforward blues...even if it's sometimes a talkin' blues. Brilliant work that stretched the boundaries and the minds of the times. A perfect pair to the over the top trip of Love Is.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy this CD! 19 Nov 2004
By George A. Zaninovich - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Reportoire label has just released this on CD and the sound quality is truly amazing, far outstripping the One Way and Toshiba of Japan versions.

This album has been one of my personal favorites for years, coupled with Eric & the Animals' next and last, "Love Is". The two have a completely different sound and approach, however. Whereas "Love Is" is in large part radical, extended interpretations of cover songs loosely based on the various aspects of love, "Every One of Us" is more of a psychedelic British folk album with lyrics relating to Burdon's personal observations and experiences.

As with my review of "Love Is", I'm giving 4 out of 5 stars based on filler tracks. "Uppers & Downers" is unnecessary, "Year of the Guru" is witty but dated (great riff, though), and the "America-1968" jam gets a might tedious. However, as others have stated, "Serenade to a Sweet Lady" is a killer instrumental while "St. James Infirmary" is one of Burdon's stand-out vocal performances, sort of a book-end to "House of the Rising Sun".
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars St. James Infirmary 9 Oct 2001
By M. Fantino - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album, but, the best thing about it, and what really gets it five stars out of me is the first song on side two, in it's original format, otherwise known as the sixth song, St. James Infirmary.
St. James Infirmary is quite possible the finest original blues song to come out of the British Invasion. It would have some competition from their earlier hit, Maudie, which, is probably even better than St. James infirmary but it is a cover of John Lee Hooker's song to his wife. So, disqualified for being a remake.
St. James Infirmary is a song about devastation, in the vein of Tim Rose's Long Time Man, not just about love gone wrong, but about the lover dying. You gotta hear it.
You just gotta.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guts 21 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I am so old that I remember when this recording was first released on vinyl. This recording of St. James Infirmary is the guts of the blues; and it is unforgettable. The entire album pretty well captures the essence of those times. Pretty somber rock and roll.
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