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LOVE IS Original recording remastered


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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 (9 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: BGO
  • ASIN: B006MMX1GU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,086 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. River Deep, Mountain High
2. I'm an Animal
3. I'm Dying (Or Am I?)
4. Ring of Fire
5. Coloured Rain
6. To Love Somebody
7. As the Years Go Passing By
8. Gemini/Madman Running Through the Fields

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Originally issued as a two LP set in 1968, the Animals featured seasoned musicians such as Zoot Money, Barry Jenkins (ex-Nashville Teens), John Weider and a young Andy Summers The album features covers such as 'River Deep Mountain High', 'To Love Somebody' and 'Ring Of Fire' with the former making No.35 in the UK singles chart, which proved to be their last chart entry to date Digitally remastered and slipcased and with extensive new notes

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. L. Mooney on 13 July 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Following their relocation to California in 1967, Eric Burdon and The Animals released five albums on the MGM label and this was originally a double vinyl album issued in 1969 or 1968 according to the CD liner notes. `Love Is', is the fifth album and like its four predecessors this is psychedelic influenced rock that is a long way from the Animals' earlier incarnation as a rhythm 'n' blues band belting our John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley and Ray Charles numbers before they began a successful run of well crafted singles. For this CD release the respected music journalist Chris Welch provides some useful and informative liner notes.
What is interesting about `Love Is', is that there are several creative covers of songs such as the opening track `River Deep, Mountain High', `Ring Of Fire', Traffic's `Coloured Rain', and the Bee Gees' `To Love Somebody'. Guitarist Andy Summers who later gained fame with the 1980's band the Police joined the Animals for this album as did keyboard player Zoot Money.
This is a good album although the passage of time does make the two long tracks `Gemini', and `As The Years Go Passing By', somewhat dated. It is not the best of the Eric Burdon and The Animals work and for that one needs to listen to their third album that unequivocally is one of the best rock alums ever made - `The Twain Shall Meet'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By graham cole on 8 Jun. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have a double cd of "twain" and "w.o.c." by the animals and are great BUY THEM> this album although good doesn't quite raise the bar as high hence the 4 stars. buy it if you re an animals fan though.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By F.H on 4 Dec. 2008
Format: Audio CD
One of the greatest album of the 60'/ 70 ' with winds of change.
On guitar ANDY SUMMERS, yes the guy who played in " the POlICE "
"As the years go passing by" where he shows he can approach blues with no shame.
Worth buying.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dobey on 4 July 2012
Format: Audio CD
The animals were coming apart at this point. Drugs and other problems were tearing them apart. They drifted into this interesting release in 1969. It's psych rock and other tunes as well. This one does have several very long space out songs similiar to what ufo did on their 'flying' release. Those are for the lsd users of the era. A drug that causes mental damage almost as bad as extacy does. BUt other songs are straight forward rockers like a great version of the bee gees classic 'to love somebody' or "I am an animal' and their last single of this period a cover of Johnny Cashes 'ring of fire". This one is for animals completists and for those who enjoy good rock and roll. It was a double album release at the time and all the songs are on here. A few will be a hard listen to for some but most are good songs. The lead guitarist here is Andy Summers of the police! fans of trivia note.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Buy this CD! 19 Nov. 2004
By George A. Zaninovich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Repertoire label has just released a remastered version of this album and the sound quality is truly amazing, obviously taken from the first-generation master tape - makes the out-of-print versions by One Way and Polydor of Japan sound thin and weak in comparison.
A cursory glance through other reviews for these earlier releases show the potential buyer that this was an album you either loved or hated. No question that there are some filler tracks here - my advice is to program out "I'm Dying, Or Am I?", "Gemini" & "The Madman". What you're left with is one of the great unsung and underappreciated albums of the psychedelic era. Andy Summers' solo on Traffic's "Coloured Rain" alone is worth the price of admission. Add in a unique interpretation of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" and a soulful take on the Bee Gee's "To Love Somebody", among others, and you've got an indespensible relic of the late '60's.
4 out of 5 stars for the aforementioned filler.

By the way, Repertoire also issued Eric & the Animals' penultimate album, "Every One of Us", at the same time - another strong recommedation.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HEADPHONES ARE A MUST 17 July 2007
By R. McElroy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've had this album since 1970 in one form or another.
I don't listen to it very often but when I do I am still amazed at it.
I have many many records, cd's, mp3s, reel to reel
tapes and cassettes. I'm obsessed with music, just about every kind of
music except Rap and Punk or Heavy Metal.
This album beats them all.
But it is also in a class all it's own.
There's many many great albums that you just put on and they sound great
whatever your doing. Some even help you do whatever.
This is not one of those albums. This is special.
Like the girl you keep away from your friends and only have
dinner with by candlelight and just look at eachother.

Forget HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN,
DON'T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD and
WE GOTA GET OUT OF HERE.
The animals have left the planet.
Eric Burdon's voice is the only familiar thing here.
They have all been taken over by aliens.
You'll know what I mean when you hear those aliens in your head.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS
This album requires special listening situations.

1 - ABSOLUTLEY NO DISTRACTIONS
2 - lay down
3 - most important listen with headphones.
Don't ruin it, you need headphones.
4 - in short don't do anything except listen.
5 - start listening with GEMINI, THE MADMAN

as Eric Burdon says in San Francisan nights,
"IT WILL BE WORTH IT"

optional, get high first, it gets even better.

If you follow my guidelines you won't be listening
to music you'll be having an experience.
Notes and voices and images will be floating around
in your head like you can't image.
And like Gemini, you'll feel both sides.
Beware though, after hearing this you'll be looking for a little
something extra from your music. More in the left speaker and
something different in the right.
You'll begin to question why can't there be more records produced
like this. I wouldn't want all records produced like this.
One is great.

Listening to this album with headphones
will take TOTO out of Kansas for awhile and that's always nice.

If you liked this EXPERIENCE then you're ready for the next;
THE TWAIN SHALL MEET,
same aliens but now their on a different planet.

If you can't relax or don't like headphones forget this album.
It would be like asking Jesus a question
and not paying attention to the answer. Why waste your time.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
time piece 13 Jun. 2005
By Steven H. Dymond - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album in the UK after trying to find it in the US in 1971.

If you are a fan of Eric Burden, and especially the later Animals, this is a great album. There are tracks such as River Deep, To Love Somebody and Gemini which are all great, showing not only the blues side but also the creative, experimental, psychedelic side of the group.

What I find most endearing about this album is it rawness-not unusual for this period of The Animals.

While the vinyl MGM album and my CD are indeed a bit flat in production sound, as were many of the MGM Animals albums IMHO, (think "needs extra bass and treble" on the stereo) in terms of performance, very fresh-almost like a "live studio album".

Love Is is one Animals album that continues with the cool introspective spoken word side of Eric shown on Winds of Change and Every One of Us, and The Twain Shall Meet. Another reviewer suggested deleting Gemini, and while admittedly 'op pop' in sound, I find I like the track.

To prospective buyers, this album doesnt contain any pop radio tracks you will recognize. Its still quite good for those of us who were introduced to Eric back when the Sun was Rising, and we were learning about the blues.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE IS! 23 Nov. 2004
By Lee Mellott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When I was a teen visiting England, my uncle played this album and I fell in love with it. After much searching I located it as a young adult, but my record player gave up the ghost so I was without it for many years. I was thrilled to discover it had been remastered and released on this CD.

Music is very subjective. And this is definately a work that you are either passionate about or think HUH? I just love it.

When I got this CD and put it on and heard it again for the first time in years I cried!

Colored Rain, River Deep Mountain High, and Ring of Fire are just incredible. Eric Burdon moves my soul!

This remastered recording is outstanding.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The amazing last gasp of a band, and an era. 17 Nov. 2001
By David Hutton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
(Please note: Same review as below, with minor changes, but I wanted to get it under my name)
This double LP set (originally, that is, "back in the day"--it is a single CD) was the last album by an Animals configuration until the original band did the obligatory reunion album some years later. An album filled with excess, bombast and extended tunes, and I love every second of it. A great example of how the British invasion morphed into psychedelia and ultimately self-destructed. Highlights include their version of River Deep, Mountain High, which is a great companion to Tina Turner's, and their loving Bee Gees tribute, To Love Somebody. I just read a book named Animal Tracks which gives a great straightforward history of the Animals and useful background on this and all of their albums, and I recommend it for true fans of the group.
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