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'.
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.
Love .....this album. a perfect selection of soppy sexy singles from the seventies to the noughts ! They are so cute , the boy & girl on the cover and remind me of the cartoon strip of old. Give us an another but 70's love songs......
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.
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.