on 25 February 2005
It seems like ages ago when I first got myself CD copies of Burdon's Winds Of Change and The Twain Shall Meet albums. I got very frustrated when the oneven Love Is 2LP was released on CD and it looked like the classic Every One Of Us was going to be overlooked forever. It took until 2004 before finally some record exec woke up: "Geez, there's still this album by Burdon to be re-released....... let's give it a shot......"
I have never read a positive review about Every One Of Us, still is is considered a classic where I come from ( that's Amsterdam, Holland ). It was spinned in the clubs much more than Twain was at the time and we loved it.
Just like e.g. Traffic & Family, Burdon followed up a trippy psych album with a well crafted, more down to earth effort. This is probably the best playing you'll ever hear by Burdon's Animals. The spanner in the wheel for much of his audience were the spoken parts Burdon used to vent his political spleen. These are no problem to me, I even understand The Immigrant Lad's bar conversation between a Londener and a Geordie on this CD release ( LOL !! ) and the US fighter pilot monologue in New York 1963/America 1968 is downright chilling and right on the money....... Sadly it's those spoken pieces that date the album as a timepiece, where otherwise it would have been in the same timeless class as Traffic II and Family Entertaiment.
Someone's done a superb job on the re-mastering, the music is right in your face ( or in your ears if you prefer ), but the bonus track 45 edit of White Houses ( which cuts out pratically all of the famous guitar solo ) I can do without. Mercifully it's the last track........
Thank god I can finally retire my old vinyl copy, the one with the involuntairy surf and campfire noises.......... and be warned: if you are into Burdon or into the music of the late 60-s, this is a mandatory album ! Get a copy yesterday.....
on 4 March 2006
This is a good album. There's no doubt about it. There are some tracks that are hard to digest, for example the latter half of immigrant lad, but on the whole an interesting album which speaks heaps about attitudes and musical direction of the time. Even the latter half of immigrant lad has a kind of point to it but it's not something you want to listen to more than once or twice. My mostly played tracks from the album are serenade to a sweet lady, Year of the Guru, St James infirmary and white houses. I've been looking for a good, solid version of Year of the Guru for ages (after a scratchy vinyl version) and I haven't been disappointed - the riff is cool. St James infirmary is an unsung classic blues/psychadelic stampede and easily matches the power of house of the rising sun. Eric Burdon's voice is as powerful as a thundering steam train and the guitar work on the track (and album in general) is spellbinding. I only gave this four stars because of some of the harder to listen to tracks but, overall, I highly recommend this album.