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Mickie Most Years & More [Box set]

Animals Audio CD

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They were right among the first rank of British Invasion bands, with 11 American chart hits in their first two years of existence. They were responsible for some of the most enduring recordings of their era, songs like 'The House of the Rising Sun' (which famously caused Bob Dylan to jump out of his car seat when he first heard it on the radio) and 'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood'. And their lead singer, Eric Burdon, had (and still has) one of the most distinctive voices in all of rock 'n' roll. Yet, unlike their famous peers, the Animals have never had a box set devoted to their work untill now, 50 years after their first release! 'The Mickie Most Years and More' offers for the first time ever on CD the group's first four American albums (all of which charted, the first three produced by Mickie Most) 'The Animals', 'The Animals on Tour', 'Animal Tracks' and 'Animalization' in their original mono versions, all newly remastered by Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering from the original tapes. And each album features a bevy of bonus tracks, 16 in all, including their first release ever, the I Just Wanna Make Love to You EP that came out on the Graphic Sound label in 1963 (later reissued by Decca in 1965 as In the Beginning There Was Early Animals), four tracks previously unreleased in the U.S., three single versions (including We Gotta Get Out of This Place and It's My Life ), four alternate versions (three in stereo) of such tracks as Talkin' 'Bout You and Don't Bring Me Down, and one U.K.-only track ( Roadrunner). Liner notes to each album are by Rolling Stone's David Fricke and, to sweeten the pot even more, we're including an Animals T-shirt (100% cotton; size extra large) exclusive to this set. No collection of British Invasion and, for that matter, '60s rock and roll is complete without these records this collection brings it on home. Brought to you by ABKCO Music and Records and Real Gone Music!

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(2013/Real Gone) 62 tracks, Led by Eric Burdon, The Animals Remain Among the Most Popular Bands of the British Invasion and of '60s Rock. Now, 50 Years After Their First Release, The Animals-the Mickie Most Years and More Is the First-Ever Box Set Devoted to Their Work. 5-CD Set Includes Their First Four American Albums: The Animals, The Animals on Tour, Animal Tracks and Animalization 
• 16 Bonus Tracks Featuring Their Four-Song Debut EP, I Just Wanna Make Love to You, Plus Four Tracks Previously Unreleased in the U.S., Three Single Versions, Four Alternate Versions & One U.K.-Only Track. Includes Such Classic Songs as "House of the Rising Sun," "We Gotta Get Out of This Place," "It's My Life" and 'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood'. Newly Remastered by Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering from the Original Mono Tapes. Each CD Includes Liner Notes by David Fricke of Rolling Stone. Includes Animals T-Shirt (Size Extra Large, 100% Cotton)Medium 1
  1. I Just Wanna Make Love to You
  2. Big Boss Man
  3. Boom Boom
  4. Pretty Thing
Medium 2
  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 Again
  9. Gonna Send You Back to Walker
  10. Memphis, Tennessee
  11. I'm Mad Again
  12. I've Been Around
  13. Talkin 'Bout You (Bonustrack)
Medium 3
  1. Boom Boom
  2. How You've Changed
  3. Mess Around
  4. Bright Lights, Big City
  5. I Believe to My Soul
  6. Worried Life Blues
  7. Let the Good Times Roll
  8. Ain't Got You
  9. Hallelujah, I Love Her So
  10. I'm Crying
  11. Dimples
  12. She Said Yeah
  13. Baby What's Wro...

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Animals (5 CD Set) 1 Jan 2014
By J. R. Nathaniel - Published on Amazon.com
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The truth be told, I am of the opinion that the best lineup of The Animals blues and rock band was the early lineup. Which consisted of Hilton Valentine, John Steel, Chas Chandler, Alan Price and the Greatest White Blues Singer of all time ERIC BURDON. All the CD's are great. It was really great to hear the Album called "Animal Tracks" on CD. There is no deviation from the original sound as far as I am concerned. The free t-shirt was great too. Nice and large for us old grey cats from the fifties and sixties. I dare any of this generation's rockers to buy this collection and experience the real deal when it comes to white classic rock. As a black man, I am tellin you these white boys had soul.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The music and sound are EXCELLENT! 28 Nov 2013
By CAARSABU - Published on Amazon.com
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FIVE stars to the excellent music and sound...THREE stars to inner notes and booklets...ONE star to Package and ZERO stars to the ugly and superfluous Tshirt and price...The Animals deserve more!
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The sound quality!! 26 Dec 2013
By VAT - Published on Amazon.com
The sound I heard coming out of my speakers was awesome! In all honesty I have never heard House Of The Rising Sun with such clarity. Half way through disc 2 of this box I was just immersed in the blues as The Animals played it, and wanting to hear more. Case closed, The Animals were first and foremost a band that understood and loved the music known as the Blues. They were not only practitioners of the style, they were students of it.

With this release you will hear every note, every harmonic, and every nuance they played or sang in detailed clarity. The team of engineers who cleaned up the tapes and mastered the CDs did their jobs superbly! Peter Mew is listed as doing the Analog to Digital tape transfers on 4 out of the 5 CDs. He knows what he is doing. He knows what to do to deliver the best fidelity out of aging tapes. His work is incredible.

A few other reviewers have commented on the price of this box set as being out of line for five CDs. I look at it this way: you paid for the included t-shirt as well. I figure the shirt added about $20.00 or $25.00 to the price, subtract that from the average price of this box and you have a not bad amount for five CDs. Granted the box itself is rather thin and flimsy, but I don't suspect that it's meant to be kept. I think the box is there to house the CDs and shirt for shipment and is recyclable after that. So with that in mind how many box sets ship with collectible t-shirts? I can only think of one other, The Who's 30 years of maximum R&B from 1994. I guess we're due a new t-shirt every twenty years.

The heart of the matter is the music. The Animals were talented bluesmen. Their music has been not only remastered, but refreshed and reinvigorated by a team of engineers lead by a producer who appreciate and enjoy the music The Animals made. Otherwise these CDs would not sound the way they do.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're not a completist, get The Complete Animals 10 Dec 2013
By GA Russell - Published on Amazon.com
Everyone should own much of this material. But it should be noted that the group's first three albums are available as The Complete Animals from Amazon UK for about $13.70 including shipping.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cash Grab With Old Remasters 22 May 2014
By Rabbit's Soul - Published on Amazon.com
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This set seems to be a deliberate cash grab for a few reasons. First, the box itself is very thin and flimsy. Would it have been too much to pad it a bit? Secondly, the included t-shirt probably increases the price by $15-25, and the design of it is incredibly lazy and ugly. Why include it if not as an excuse to raise the price? Finally, the albums and EP are remastered, but they're old remasters. I suspect that the content of this box set was planned, or at least considered, to be released nearly 10 years ago when Abkco released Retrospective in 2004. All songs included on that compilation from 1964-1966 (tracks 1-12) are from the same masters used for this box set. The same sound, the same volume and they're also in mono. The liner notes of this box do not offer any information about that issue, but I'm pretty certain that they're at least 10 years old at this point. The sound doesn't lie.

This box set only includes 4 of the 5 U.S. mono albums from 1964-1966 -- The Animals, The Animals on Tour, Animal Tracks and Animalization -- with the early Graphic Sound EP from 1963 as a bonus (included as a separate disc with the self-titled album). As the title of the box set indicates, it is supposedly limited to the Mickie Most-produced albums. However, Animalization was produced by Tom Wilson. What's even more annoying about that is that they could have left Mickie Most out of the title and included the final album from their classic period, Animalism, which is also produced by Tom Wilson. That would have made this a complete set of the 1964-1966 U.S. albums. As it is, this box is not limited to the Mickie Most-produced albums as it states, and it's not all 5 of the U.S. albums from the classic period.

The albums are of the original contents with bonus tracks of non-album singles and inessential alternate versions added. The booklets provide the original front and back covers from the original LP's, session information, chart positions and notes written by Rolling Stone magazine's David Fricke in May/Oct. 2013. The sound quality is improved from older CD issues, but do not expect the pristine sound of The Beatles stereo/mono boxes or the Bob Dylan and Miles Davis mono boxes.

In the end, I have to give this set 3 stars for the presentation, ridiculous price and the misleading title.

4 stars for the music.

Casual fans should stick to the compilations.
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