Animalisms - Decca 1966
The songs are mainly covers of American R & B things, but there also a small batch of originals. Among these the fine melodic ballad "You're on my Mind", which group actually did not feel was a real Animals song - it was too nice!
Also "She'll Return it" - a traditional blues inspired song written by Eric Burdon and Dave Rowberry. The curious "Clapping", mostly clapping sound is credited to Dave Rowberry.
The album contains no single hits, but is a solid blend of traditional blues inspired music with a strong Eric Burdon in front and more modern beat-sounds with distorted guitars.
Among the bonus tracks there are in turn both hits and more well-known Animals songs. "Don't Bring Me Down" is one of the coolest tracks the Animals recorded, "Inside Looking Out" is Animals as we originally knew them - somewhatsimilar to "I's My Life". "Help Me Girl" is a fine popballad. "See See Rider" is given new energy and new life by the Animals.
Four recordings originally released on Decca EP are also to be found among the bonus tracks.
A fine release that with the many strong bonus tracks is lifted up to a classic status.