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Retrospective [Import]

Eric Burdon, The Animals Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 July 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Abkco
  • ASIN: B0002IQABI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,587 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. House Of The Rising Sun
2. I'm Crying
3. Baby Let Me Take You Home
4. Gonna Send You Back To Walker
5. Boom Boom
6. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
7. Bring It On Home To Me
8. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place
9. It's My Life
10. Don't Bring Me Down
11. See See Rider
12. Inside - Looking Out
13. Hey Gyp
14. Help Me Girl
15. When I Was Young
16. A Girl Named Sandoz
17. San Franciscan Nights
18. Monterey
19. Anything
20. Sky Pilot
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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4.0 out of 5 stars No Good Times 3 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent compilation of all the Animals "A" sides except for - Good Times. One of the best of the MGM (U.K.) singles and a stupid omission.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The early R+B plus the later psychedelic 3 Nov 2004
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The Animals, a group that included Eric Burdon and Alan Price, were the first major pop stars to emerge from Newcastle, a city located about 300 miles north of London, therefore far removed from where most talent scouts were searching. It is fortunate for us all that the Animals were discovered because they recorded some of the best R+B music to come of the UK in the sixties.
Their biggest hit was House of the rising sun, a re-working of a folk song (apparently inspired by Josh White's version of the song) that gave them a transatlantic number one hit. They had five other top ten UK hits with Mickie Most, these being I'm crying, Don't let me be misunderstood (a cover of a Nina Simone song), Bring it on home to me (a Sam Cooke cover), We gotta get out of this place (here represented by the American single version, not the British single version) and It's my life.
After they split with Mickie Most, they switched to another record label, where they had some success using the name Eric Burdon and the Animals but with a somewhat different musical style (psychedelic instead of R+B), including two more UK top ten hits (Don't bring me down, San Franciscan nights) and several lesser hits of which Inside looking out, Help me girl, When I was young and Sky pilot are included here. Alan Price left the group before the split with Mickie Most and had several hits as a solo singer. These are outside the scope of this collection but are easy to find.
If you want just one single CD containing all the great songs by the Animals, this is it.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SACD was a CD 18 Mar 2009
By john563
Format:Audio CD
I bought this SACD some time ago. It turned out to be an ordinary CD, but transfered from analogue tape by DSD, the technology used for making SACD's. However, a CD are limited to 44.1 Khz sampling and 96 db dynamic range and 20 Khz. I returned it to the dealer (not Amazon) because the price was to high for a CD, allthough the sound is good for a CD. DSD transfers also helps on CD sound. The selected tracks are very fine, and I recommend it - but save the extra money for the SACD, and buy the CD, because thats what you will get anyway.
I read some place in a review that this record company had started releasing SACD's but gave it up - a pitty, I think.
Can someone tell me if they succeeded getting this title on SACD?
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148 of 152 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one you want! 1 Aug 2004
By Scott Ericson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For those who have suffered through not so great to just plain terrible compilations (including some of those old LPs with almost unrecognizable versions of the old Animals standards) there is finally a compilation that you can trust, and is well done, plus pretty comprehensive. Most of the debate has been on the early songs, and "We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place" in particular. This IS the US version of that song (with the lyric "My Little Girl You're So Young and Pretty"). All of the other early singles check out pretty much right in line with the times on the original MGM label 45 rpm records, with one (good) exception: "House of the Rising Sun." This CD is an ABKCO release, and they also re-released most (if not all) of the early Animals 45's sometime in the 70's or 80's on light blue abkco labels. "House of the Rising Sun" came back there as the UK single version (4:18) with the long organ solo and ending intact (House also charted two additional times in the UK in 1972 and 1982). The original US MGM single (K13264) and radio play version chopped out most of the organ solo plus faded out the end before the final verse for a total time of 2:58. The playing time of 'House' on this CD is 4:31 (the song is exact, the 45 rpm disc just tracks 13 seconds faster). I think most fans prefer the "full length" version as presented here, but for the adamant (US) original singles collector, you now know.

I'm not as familiar with the Eric Burdon & War era singles (except to note that "Sky Pilot" is the full 7 minute version, and for the 45 single, the song was split into part 1 on one side and part 2 on the other), so hopefully someone else will comment on that.

This is a great collection, get it and enjoy!
109 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This collection has all of the chart singles by the Animals 6 Feb 2005
By Lawrance M. Bernabo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There are so many greatest hits collections of the best of the Animals that at first glance "Retrospective" just seems like the latest in a long line of such albums going back to ABKCO's 1966 collection of "The Best of the Animals." A reasonable person could be content as long as their CD has "House of the Rising Sun," "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," and "We've Got to Get Out of This Place." But for fans who see the Animals as the second best English R&B group of the British Invasion after the Rolling Stones, this 22-track collection deserves prime consideration if no other reason than all of the tracks come from the ABKCO masters and utilize Direct Stream Digital (which is what ABKCO successfully used in the Rolling Stones albums reissued in 2003). Yes, it is a pain when you get albums and then a few years later they are digitally remastered or whatever to make them sound even better than before, but maybe your dog will eat your Animals CD or you will lend it to a friend who never returns anything and you will need a new one, which will justify your picking up "Retrospective."

Of course the Animals were more than their three greatest hits (but those are three really good songs for one group to have recorded), and "Retrospective" is a reminder of that. They had "Baby Let Me Take You Home" (#21 in the U.K.) before "House of the Rising Sun" hit #1 in the U.S., and while Eric Burdon was always the group's front man it is Hilton Valentine's guitar riff and Alan Price's organ playing that really makes that song work. In terms of U.S. chart success the group had "I'm Crying" (#19) in 1964 and then in 1965, "Boom Boom" (#43), "Bring It On Home to Me" (#32), "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" (#15), and "We've Got to Get Out of This Place" (#13), which in this collection is the original U.S. single version. The follow year they charted "Don't Bring Me Down" (#12), "Help Me Girl" (#29), "Inside-Looking Out" (#34), "It's My Life" (#23), and "See See Ryder" (#10).

By 1967 Eric Burdon & the Animals were clearly into their psychadelic phase (if this were an LP you would think it was time to flip over to the B Side). "San Fransiscan Nights" (#9) was the last Top Ten hit for the Animals, followed by "When I Was Young" (#15), and then in 1968 "Anything" (#80), "Monterey" (#15), and "Sky Pilot (Part One)" (#14), and "White Houses" (#67). The album ends with a radio edit of "Spill the Wine" as a sort of musical answer to the question, "Whatever happened to Eric Burdon?" after the group essentially broke up in 1969. So, overall, "Retrospective" does have all of the group's hits, at least those defined by making the Billboard singles chart, which explains why I have started listening to more of their songs than the big three.
43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Retrospective The Animals 24 Nov 2004
By Kevin J. Coffield - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Okay, first off I remember the British Invasion. Guess that makes me at least as old as dirt! This is a great album! One of the biggest pro's for the album is that it's done sequentially, so you can follow the change in sound The Animals created from their 1st hit all the way through and it's the first cd to include "Spill the Wine" (E.B. & War) as part of the package, which I though was about time! The only nit I have is the last song The Animals put out as a single (The Night) was not included as worthy of listening to. Otherwise, if you're as old as I am and you want all the singles, or if you're new to The Animals and looking for a good place to start, this cd is it! Let me put it this way, this cd is so good, I'm getting another copy for another rock fossil I know!
49 of 56 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Be careful... SACD layer is gone! 4 July 2008
By RocknRoll Always - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The album "Restrospective" is NOT an SACD anymore! However the mfr Abkco has tried to "hide" that fact by not changing the cover and/or even the Part Number from when it WAS an SACD. As many know, record companies have spent large $$$ to remaster records for SACD high-def format, which was introduced around 2002. Unfortunately, due to slow sales they are no longer promoting this format, and Abkco took the dis-ingenuous step of deleting the SACD-layer from this formally Hybrid disc after just one year. Since about 2005, when you buy this (as well as Abkco's Stones discs) all you'll get is CD layer, as they've downgraded these products without telling buyers. A bad business practice for sure! Last, this record IS remastered so its CD sound is probably better than other Animals discs, but don't expect SACD (for that you need to find one produced from 2004-2005 on Ebay perhaps).
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Animals compilation 25 July 2004
By Brit Invasion Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was so tired of seeing ABKCO's BEST OF being the only US CD in the Animals section. FINALLY they come through with a comprehensive collection of hits. They have all 10 Top 40 hits from the 64-66 lineup as well as hits from Eric's later psychedelic incarnation. I can't really understand why they would put Eric's work with WAR on an ANIMALS CD, but it is a great song nonetheless. The bonus to this CD is that it contains the US version of We Gotta Get Out Of This Place.
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