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ANIMALS


"It's My Life"


SHORT BIOGRAPHY:

The Animals was formed in Newcastle, UK, in 1960, originally called "Alan Price Rhythm´n Blues Combo". Changed name to The Animals in 1963, and got a contract with Columbia records. Their big break-through came in 1964 with the single "House of the Rising Sun". They released two album on Columbia but changed to Decca in 1965 where they recorded a couple of albums.
In 1966/67 lead-singer Eric Burdon reformed the band, calling them Eric Burdon and the Animals, who recorded a handful of Westcoast styled albums on MGM.
The original Animals reformed in late 1970´s to record a couple new albums


Key Band Members:

Eric Burdon: Born 1941, vocals and harmonica. Burdon is beyond question the key member of the Animals, and he sings on all important Animals releases.

Alan Price: Born 1941, organ and piano. Price was one of the original members, but left the band in 1965, but rejoined the band for the reunion albums "Before We Were so Rudely Interrupted" and "Ark".

Hilton Valentine: Born 1943, lead guitar . Original member, but left the band in 1966, but rejoined the band for the reunion albums "Before We Were so Rudely Interrupted" and "Ark".

Chas Chandler: Born 1938, bass. Original member, but left the band in 1966, but rejoined the band for the reunion albums "Before We Were so Rudely Interrupted" and "Ark".

John Steel: Born 1941, drums. Original member, but left the band in 1965, but rejoined the band for the reunion albums "Before We Were so Rudely Interrupted" and "Ark".

Dave Rowberry: Born 1940, keyboard. Replaced Price in 1965. Left when Burdon formed E.B. & the Animals in 1967

Barry Jenkins: Born 1944, drums. Replaced Steel in 1965 and continued with E.B. & the Animals in 1967-1969

Vic Briggs: Born 1945, guitar. Joined E.B. & the Animals in 1967-1968

Danny McCullough: Born 194-, bass. Joined E.B. & the Animals in 1967-1968

John Weider: Born 1947, guitar. Joined E.B. & the Animals in 1967-1969

Zoot Money: Born 1942, keyboards. Joined E.B. & the Animals in 1968-1969

Tom Parker: Born 194-, keyboards. Joined the Animals in 1966-67

Andy Somers: Born 1942, guitar. Joined E.B. & the Animals in 1968-1969



Discography:


1. The Animals - Columbia 1964

Tracks:
1. Story of Bo Diddley / 2. Bury My Body / 3. Dimples / 4. I've Been Around / 5. I'm in Love Again / 6. Girl Can't Help It / 7. I'm Mad Again / 8. She Said Yeah / 9. Night Time Is the Right Time / 10. Memphis Tennessee / 11. Boom Boom / 12. Around and Around / 13. Baby Let Me Take You Home [*] / 14. Gonna Send You Back to Walker [*] / 15. House of the Rising Sun [*] / 16. Talkin' 'Bout You [*] / 17. I'm Crying [*] / 18. Take It Easy [*] / 19. Blue Feeling [*] / 20. Dimples [Alternate Take][*] / 21. Talkin' 'Bout You [Full Version][*] / 22. F-E-E-L [*] / 23. Baby What's Wrong [*] . [*] = bonus-tracks
Rating : 6


2. Animal Tracks - Columbia 1965

Tracks:
1. Mess Around / 2. How You've Changed / 3. Hallelujah, I Love Her So /4. I Believe to My Soul / 5. Worried Life Blues / 6. Roberta / 7. I Ain't Got You / 8. Bright Lights Big City / 9. Let the Good Times Roll / 10. For Miss Caulker / 11. Roadrunner / 12. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood [*] / 13. Club A Go-Go [*] / 14. Bring It on Home to Me [*] / 15. We Gotta Get Out of This Place [*] / 16. I Can't Believe It [*] / 17. It's My Life [*] / 18. I'm Gonna Change the World [*] / 19. Don't Want Much [*] . [*] = bonus-tracks
Rating : 6


3. Animalisms - Decca 1966

Tracks:
1. One Monkey Don't Stop No Show / 2. Maudie / 3. Outcast / 4. Sweet Little Sixteen / 5. You're On My Mind / 6. Clapping / 7. Gin House Blues / 8. Squeeze Her, Tease Her / 9. What Am I Living For / 10. I Put A Spell On You / 11. That's All I Am To You / 12. She'll Return It / 13. Inside Looking Out [*] / 14. Don't Bring Me Down [*] / 15. Cheating [*] / 16. Help Me Girl [*] / 17. See See Rider [*] / 18. I Just Wanna Make Love To You [*] / 19. Boom Boom [*] / 20. Big Boss Man [*] / 21. Pretty Thing [*] / 22. Don't Bring Me Down [*] / 23. See See Rider [*] / 24. Help Me Girl [*] / 25. Cheating [*] . [*] = bonus-tracks
Rating : 7


4. Animalization - MGM (US) 1966

Tracks:
1. Don't Bring Me Down / 2. One Monkey Don't Stop No Show / 3. You're On My Mind / 4. She'll Return It / 5. Cheating / 6. Inside Looking Out / 7. See See Rider / 8. Gin House Blues / 9. Maudie / 10. What Am I Living For / 11. Sweet Little Sixteen / 12. I Put A Spell On You
Rating : 7


5. Animalism ( US version ) - MGM 1966

Tracks:
1. All Night Long / 2. Shake / 3. Other Side of This Life / 4. Rock Me Baby / 5. Lucille / 6. Smokestack Lightning / 7. Hey Gyp / 8. Hit the Road Jack / 9. Outcast / 10. Louisiana Blues / 11. That's All I Am To You / 12. Going Down Slow
Rating : 5


6. Eric is Here - MGM 1967

Tracks:
1. In the Night / 2. Mama Told Me (Not to Come) / 3. I Think It's Gonna Rain Today / 4. This Side of Goodbye / 5. That Ain't Where It's At / 6. True Love (Comes Only Once in a Lifetime) / 7. Help Me Girl / 8. Wait Till Next Year / 9. Losin' Control / 10. It's Not Easy / 11. Biggest Bundle of Them All
Rating : 5


7. The Best of Eric Burdon and The Animals Vol 2 - MGM 1967

Tracks:
1. When I Was Young / 2. Girl Named Sandoz / 3. Don't Bring Me Down / 4. She'll Return It / 5. See See Rider / 6. Other Side of This Life / 7. Hey Gyp / 8. Inside Looking Out / 9. Help Me Girl / 10. Cheating / 11. You´re On My Mind / 12. That Ain´t Where It´s At
Rating : 7


8. Eric Was Here - MGM 1967

Tracks:
1. In the Night / 2. Mama Told Me Not to Come / 3. I Think It's Gonna Rain Today / 4. This Side of Goodbye / 5. That Ain't Where It's At / 6. True Love (Comes Only Once in a Lifetime) / 7. Help Me Girl / 8. Wait Till Next Year / 9. Losin' Control / 10. It's Not Easy / 11. The Biggest Bundle of Them All / 12. It's Been a Long Time Comin'
Rating :


9. Winds of Change - MGM 1967

Tracks:
1. Winds of Change / 2. Poem by the Sea / 3. Paint It Black / 4. Black Plague / 5. Yes I'm Experienced / 6. San Franciscan Nights / 7. Man-Woman / 8. Hotel Hell / 9. Good Times / 10. Anything / 11. It's All Meat / 12. Good Times [Single Version][*] / 13. Ain't That So [Mono Version][*] / 14. San Francisco Nights [Single Version][*] / 15. Gratefully Dead [Mono Version][*]. [*] = bonus-tracks
Rating : 7


10.The Twain Shall Meet - MGM 1968

Tracks:
1. Monterey / 2. Just the Thought / 3. Closer to the Truth / 4. No Self Pity / 5. Orange and Red Beams / 6. Sky Pilot / 7. We Love You Lil / 8. All Is One
Rating : 7


11. Every One of Us - MGM 1968

Tracks:
1. White Houses / 2. Uppers and Downers / 3. Serenade to a Sweet Lady / 4. The Immigrant Lad / 5. Year of the Guru / 6. St. James Infirmary / 7. New York 1963-America 1968
Rating :


12. Love is - MGM 1968

Tracks:
1. River Deep, Mountain High / 2. I'm an Animal / 3. I'm Dying (Or Am I) / 4. Ring of Fire / 5. Colored Rain / 6. To Love Somebody / 7. As the Years Go Passing By / 8. Madman / 9. Gemini
Rating :


13. Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted - Barn 1977

Tracks:
1. Brother Bill (The Last Clean Shirt) / 2. It's All Over Now Baby Blue / 3. Fire On The Sun /4. As The Crow Flies / 5. Please Send Me Someone To Love / 6. Many Rivers To Cross / 7. Just A Little Bit / 8. Riverside County / 9. Lonely Avenue / 10. The Fool
Rating : 5


14. Ark - IRS 1983

Tracks:
1. Loose Change / 2. Love Is For All Time / 3. My Favourite Enemy / 4. Prisoner Of The Light / 5. Being There / 6. Hard Times / 7. The Night / 8. Trying To Get You / 9. Just Can't Get Enough / 10. Melt Down / 11. Gotta Get Back To You / 12. Crystal Nights / 13. No John No
Rating : 4


Essential Albums!

Original albums as listed and rated on “Rate Your Music” - March 19 - 2018

102 Animal Tracks - 1965
128 Animalisms (US) - 1966
120 On Tour - 1965
134 The Animals - 1964
144 The Twain Shall Meet - 1968
137 Animalization - 1966
167 Animalism (UK) - 1966
248 Winds of Change - 1967
262 Love Is - 1968
505 Every One of Us - 1968
615 Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted - 1977
680 Eric Is Here - 1967
999 Ark - 1983
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Singles

Year Single UK US Album
1964 "Baby Let Me Take You Home" 21 The Animals - reissue
1964 "Gonna Send You Back to Walker" 57 The Animals - reissue
1964 "The House of the Rising Sun" 1 1 The Animals - reissue
1964 "I´m Crying" 8 19 The Animals - reissue
1965 "Don´t Let Me Be Misunderstood" 3 15 Animals Tracks - reissue
1965 "Bring it on Home to Me" 7 32 Animal Tracks - reissue
1965 "We Gotta Get out of This Place" 2 13 Animal Tracks - reissue
1965 "It´s My Life" 7 23 Animal Tracks - reissue
1966 "Inside Looking Out" 12 34 Animalism - reissue
1966 "Don´t Bring Me Down" 6 12 Animalism - reissue
1966 "See See Rider" 10 Animalism - reissue
1966 "Help Me Girl" 14 29 Animalism - reissue
1967 "When I Was Young" 45 15 The Best of Eric Burdon and The Animals Vol 2
1967 "Good Times" 20 15 Winds of Change - reissue
1967 "San Franciscan Nights" 7 9 Winds of Change
1967 "Anything" 80 Winds of Change
1967 "Monterey" 15 Winds of Change - reissue
1968 "Sky Pilot" 40 14 The Twain Shall Meet
1968 "White Houses" 67 Every One of Us
1969 "Ring of Fire" 35 Love is
1983 "The Night" 48 Ark


source for singles charts positions: Wikipedia

    My Suggestion For a 80 minutes (app.) Best Of Compilation:


    1. Its My Life ( Atkins/DÉrrico) - Best of Animals 1966 MGM
    2. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place ( Mann/Weill ) Animal Tracks
    3. You´re On My Mind ( Burdon/Rowberry ) Animalism
    4. Baby Let Me Take You Home ( Russell/Farrell )- Most Of The Animals 1966 Columbia
    5. The House Of The Rising Sun ( Trad. ) - Most Of The Animals 1966 Columbia
    6. Don´t Bring Me Down ( Goffin/King ) Animalization
    7. Help Me Girl ( English/Weiss ) Eric Is Here
    8. A Girl Named Sandoz ( Burdon/Weider ) Best of Eric Burdon and The Animals
    9. When I Was Young ( Burdon/Weider/Briggs/McCulloch/Jenkins ) Best Of Eric Burdon and The Animals
    10. San Francisco Nights ( The Animals ) Winds of Change
    11. Bright Lights, Big City ( Reed ) Animal Tracks
    12. I´m Crying ( Burdon/Price ) Best Of The Animals
    13. Bring It On Home To Me ( Cooke ) Animal Tracks
    14. Roadrunner ( McDaniels ) Animal Tracks
    15. Inside Looking Out ( Burdon/Lomax/Lomax/Chandler ) Animalization
    16. I´m Going To Change The World ( Burdon ) Most of The Animals
    17. Gonna Send You Back To Walker ( Matthews ) Best of The Animals
    18. Boom Boom ( Hooker )The Animals
    19. Memphis ( Berry )The Animals
    20. I´ve Been Around ( Domino ) The Animals
    21. Good Times ( The Animals ) Winds of Change
    22. Bury My Body ( Trad. ) The Animals
    23. Sky Pilot ( The Animals ) The Twain Shall Meet
    24. Anything ( The Animals ) Winds of Change
    25. Monterey ( The Animals ) The Twain Shall Meet
    26. Hotel Hell ( The Animals ) Winds of Change
    27. Just the Thought ( The Animals ) The Twain Shall Meet

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