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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 (26 Jun 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia (SX1669)
  • ASIN: B00004TJXZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,931 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen13. I Believe To My Soul 3:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
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20 TRACKS-EAN 724352708420 -MADE IN EU

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One of the great British bands of the 1960s, the Animals' star has been eclipsed over the years by the likes of the Rolling Stones, the Who and even the retro cultists' favourites, the Yardbirds. This authoritative Best Of serves as a reminder of just how unfair that is. The Animals caught the spirit of the blues and gave it an English force and feel in a way other, equally reverent bands never quite accomplished. Their version of "We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place" sums up the industrial north of its era as well as any John Braine novel, while "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" is an R&B classic to stand proudly with any of its American inspirations. There's plenty to enjoy in many of the less famous tracks, too--"I'm Crying", "Bright Lights Big City", "Baby Let Me Take You Home", the band's take on John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom". It's true that the Animals never produced the extensive repertoire some of their contemporaries achieved; but that means every bit of their coarse energy has been preserved on this collection. --David Bennun

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 Aug 2005
Format: Audio CD
As it says on the cover this twenty track CD holds all the classic Animal hits. Which is great if thats all you're after.
I found the 24 track Animals Hits and Rarities CD a better option.
It has the same track listing (minus Roadrunner) as this CD but with an extra 5 tracks...
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ms. D. J. Bailey on 4 Oct 2010
Format: Audio CD
Bought this as a tribute to my Dad who recently died and was just what i was looking for. In his student years in Newcastle, he once lived next door to Alan Price and let him borrow his record of Josh White's version of House of the Rising Sun ... the unknown factor in their sucess! Love you Dad
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jan 2002
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Eric Burden's voice is the memorable and unique element in this 'R&B meets mod' band's comprehensive compilation. All the charting numbers and the other more memorable flipsides and album tracks are here. The selection includes many tracks written by the leading American R&B anchormen together with a representative gathering of the band's own compositions. It's interesting that Burden's very strident, staccato voice fits the style so well. It's probably the gravelly low end coupled with the rasping mid-range that characterises The Animals 'version of events'. If you remember The Animals first-time-around this CD will make you smile with recognition. If you were not around then, it might remind you of more recent derivatives! "I can hear The Jam with the zest of The Stranglers!...."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 24 April 2014
Format: Audio CD
'Eric Burden' and the Animals' broke into the U.K Charts in '1964' of course
there was a lot of competition around at that time.
Many of there recordings have come to be known, quite rightly, as Rock/Pop
Classic's, many of there chart- hits are on-board including there best known
releases'
The Group had just the One Number '1' that of course being their world-wide
hit, 'The House of The Rising Sun' (1964)
Among there many well known tracks also on-board this 'Rock'in' great disc
(and chart positions U.K)......'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood' (Chart 3 )......
'We've Gotta Get Out of This Place' (Chart 2).....'Baby Let Me Take You Home'
(Chart 21)......'Bring it on Home to Me' (Chart 7)......'I'ts My Life' (Chart 7).....
and......'Don't Bring Me Down' (Chart 6).......just some of the Twenty foot-tapping
numbers included on this CD.
Like with many popular artists to actually get the entire 'Hit' collection you probably
have to buy maybe three of the Albums to do so, however this release certainly
contains the 'Hits' the 'Animals' are best remembered for.
Another 'Collector's' must.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A on 14 July 2012
Format: Audio CD
Whilst the music on this cd matches expectations the associated title and song titles appear to be in cantonese or some such language. The first cd was replaced because of this and the second one was just the same, these have both been returned and are probably back on the shelf so buyer beware. Very disappointing not being able to pick out individual titles when downloaded to MP3's etc.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By mat on 16 Nov 2005
Format: Audio CD
i heard probably their greatest ever song 'house of the rising sun' which gave them a number 1 in england and the USA about a year ago so when i saw the album on sale at amazon i decided to buy it and im glad i did! the animals have a different sound from my other cds which are in my collection including the kinks, led zeppelin, the beatles, the rolling stones and the who but is definetly one of the greatest albums i have ever bought, tracks such as we gotta get outta of this place, its my life, road runner, dimples, dont let be misunderstood and im gonna change the world are great tracks and also boom boom and club a go go tiperfy how great this album actually is!!!! great band! dont hesitate in purchasing this album.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 22 Feb 2005
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 out 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 as their producer, 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 (the version included here is the UK version - a markedly different recording was released in America but was unavailable for inclusion in this set) and It's my life.

Apart from their singles, the Animals recorded many other covers including Boom boom, Dimples, I'm mad again (all John Lee Hooker), Talking about you and I believe to my soul (both Ray Charles). These covers clearly demonstrate what some of their main influences were, but they also wrote some of their own songs.

The Animals split with their produce, Mickie Most, and switched to another record label (Decca), where they had some success using the name Eric Burdon and the Animals, including another UK top ten hit (Don't bring me down,) and one that just missed the UK top en (Inside looking out).

All the tracks mentioned so far are included, but they changed labels again (to MGM). The MGM tracks, notably San Franciscan nights, are not included here. Nevertheless, this is a great introduction to the music of the Animals. You can easily find San Franciscan nights elsewhere.
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