The Animals The Best of the Animals

The Best of the Animals
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  • Released: August 19, 2008
  • Originally Released: 2006
  • Label: ABKCO


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The Animals: Eric Victor Burdon (vocals); Alan Price (guitar, piano, organ, vibes, bass); Hilton Stuart Patterson Valentine (guitar); Bryan James "Chas" Chandler (bass); John Steel (drums).
Personnel: Eric Burdon (vocals); Hilton Valentine (guitar); Alan Price (keyboards); John Steel (drums).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Eric Burdon; Hilton Patterson; Brooke Chandler; John Steel ; Alan Price.
There had been so many compilations of the Animals' hits by 2000, between England and America and the various labels that had owned the rights to their catalog, that this single-CD, 20-song collection mostly passed listeners by without much notice. But it is worth owning, and not just for the generally good sound -- there are lots of excellent-sounding CDs on the Animals' work out there. The appeal lies in the programming, which is confined primarily to the group's Mickie Most-produced EMI catalog -- the only exceptions are the Tom Wilson-produced "Don't Bring Me Down" and "Inside-Looking Out" that close the CD). But included here, apparently for the first time on a hits compilation, is the seven-minute uncut "Talkin' 'Bout You," an epic performance that rates alongside he band's best released work of the '60s, which first surfaced on the 1990 double-CD Complete Animals. Its presence elevates this collection above most of the competing hits assemblies devoted to this band. ~ Bruce Eder

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Excellent First Original Greatest Hits Music Lover: from SANTA CLARITA, CA US -- August, 10, 2017

The original, gatefold opening Animals Greatest L P had the first release of the long version of "House Of The Rising Sun." The original single was about 3 minutes long, & faded out at the end. The original first L P (at least in America) also had this 'shorter version.' I know, as I have both! And, let us not forget that 'The Boys' recorded this, after they heard Nina Simone's version, when she was with the Colpix label. This C D has more tracks than the vinyl L P (although 15 tracks are listed, and the descriptive paragraph states there are 20. Perhaps this ambiguity may be corrected!) Also I highly recommend the 'companion' C D, if you will: The Animals Greatest 1966 to 1968. I've just ordered my 4th copy of this, as it is a great price, and there are a lot of wonderful performances, as well. When you listen to both, you will hear a change in direction (and length of releases) as they were freed from the constraints of producer Mickie Most. For example, "Sky Pilot" was divided up, into Part 1 and Part 2. Although radio usually didn't like long singles, this was still a big hit, and with the somewhat sarcastic references to Vietnam, was also a hit on the emerging F M album rock radio stations. And while it wasn't a big hit, "Inside Looking Out" WAS played on the radio, is excellent, is an example of the talented band members expressing themselves, and it is not easy to 'Rock Out' harder than this!

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