on 13 July 2011
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'.