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'Most' all the big hits
on 17 July 2015
Eric Burdon and his band The Animals were formed in Newcastle upon Tyne and moved to London in 1964, when they had a mega-hit with their cover of the traditional folk song 'The House of the Rising Sun'. This chart-topper remains one of the most widely-known songs from the 1960s, and their version has re-charted twice since, firstly in 1972 at no.25, and later in 1982, when it got to no.11.
Eric Burdon's sublime vocals and the first-class arrangements gave this guys a real raw R&B sound, and a certain edge over some of the other acts who were making great music in this wonderful decade for music. Many of these vintage numbers were produced by proven hit maker Mickie Most, who worked with a string of 1960s pop icons, including Herman's Hermits, Donovan, and Lulu.
Although the band never achieved another number one hit in Britain, after 'House of the Rising Sun', they still chalked up a string of top ten entries throughout the Sixties, including excellent songs like 'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood', 'It's My Life', 'Don't Bring Me Down', and 'We Gotta Get out of This Place'. The latter of which sored to number two, giving The Animals their second biggest hit in homeland.
This 2002 compilation from Parlophone records, contains all of these tracks, and a lot more, including the band's first-ever single 'Baby Let Me Take You Home', which was released just before 'House of the Rising Sun', and just missed the UK top 20 by one. There are some notable absences, especially the big hits 'Don't Bring Me Down' and 'San Franciscan Nights', but every other top ten hit is here.
'The Most of the Animals' isn't the strongest compilation, but it's still a good introduction to this 1960s super-group. If you like similar rock artists from this exciting era like The Yardbirds and The Troggs, your music collection is incomplete without The Animals. The basic booklet contains no liner notes or pictures, just the basic information about each track.