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Mickie Most Years & More Box set

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  • Audio CD (25 Nov. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,490 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jojo Allen on 22 Jun. 2015
I did not fork over almost £100 for this set, but I have all the albums and tracks that are in it including Animalism, which isn't and should have been.
I love The Animals.
I might have even considered buying the albums again just to see if they sound better than the ones I have.
But I couldn't care less about a cheesy t-shirt that supposedly justifies the ridiculous price of the set.
Another reviewer said they didn't mind paying £20-25 for the shirt because, if you subtracted it from the overall price, the discs weren't all that expensive.
First of all, that still puts the CDS at about £20 each, although I doubt the shirt is worth more than a tenner, if that.
Secondly, that's like saying you have to buy a tennis racket that's included in the price of the set, but that's OK because if you subtract the price of the racket, etc.
And third, the price of the set is a JOKE in any case.
And, yes, AnimalIsm should have been the fifth disc and sod the t-shirt.
Love the band and their early music.
This 1 star review is for the mercenary way they were packaged.
Wouldn't you love to see what kind of royalty rate the surviving band members get these days?
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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.

With that said, my main gripe is a separate issue. 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, the Mickie Most-produced albums are here, as well as Animalization, produced by Tom Wilson. My gripe is that they could have included the final album from their classic period, Animalism, also prouced by Tom Wilson. That would have made this a complete set of the 1964-1966 U.S. albums.

As far as I know, the albums are the original versions 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.

I fairly rate this set at an average of 3 stars thanks to the pointless shirt, ridiculous price and omission of the album Animalism (U.S.).

4 stars for the music.

Casual fans should stick to the compilations.
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