Alan is best remembered for the classics he recorded with the Animals, most notably House of the rousing sun, but he made plenty of great music after quitting the Animals and going solo. One of the reasons he quit the Animals was that he didn't like the extensive touring, so he did less of that as a solo singer - this may be why his solo records met with only limited success in America, where he had one minor hit (I put a spell on you) but was otherwise ignored.
After leaving the Animals, Alan had four UK top ten hits and three other hits that nearly made the UK top ten including Rosetta, a duet with Georgie Fame. The remarkable aspect of Alan's solo hits is their variety. I put a spell on you (a cover of a Screaming Jay Hawkins song) is a bluesy song that could so easily have been recorded by the Animals. By contrast, Don't stop the carnival (a cover of a Sonny Rollins song) is a calypso-flavored song, while Hi Lilli hi lo is a cover of a song from a fifties musical (Lilli). Simon Smith and his amazing dancing bear (written by Randy Newman) is another great song.
Alan sometimes wrote his own material and two of his UK top ten hits were with his own songs. One was The house that Jack built, but the other is perhaps the most famous of Alan's solo hits even though it wasn't the biggest of his hits. It is, of course, Jarrow song, an anthem for the people of Newcastle. Alan also had a minor hit with a superb ballad, Just for you. It deserved to be a much bigger hit but by the time of its release (1978), Alan was no longer fashionable.
This compilation contains the best of Alan's post-Animals music including some of his duets with Georgie Fame.