The Animals

Windsor 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

Comments:

Winds of Change" from 1967 was the first psychedelic album by Eric Burdon & the Animals. Apart from Burton's characteristic and strong vocals, there is not much similar to the group that scored hits like "House of the Rising Sun", "It's My Life" and "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" a few years before.

Some of the tracks may appear rather hippy and dated, but there are actually some very good melodic songs; not least the single hits "San Franciscan Night" and "Good Times". Also the ballads "Anything" and "Hotel Hell" are great songs.

At the more rocking end you will find "Yes I'm Experinced" ( a wink to Jimi Hendrix), "It's All Meat" and the cover version of The Rolling Stones' "Paint it Black" - the latter certainly seemed right in 1967, while today it feels pretty longwinded and I think most people will prefer the original.

The band with Burdon and Barry Jenkins as original members is very strong, with new members Vic Briggs - guitar, piano, arrangements, John Weider - guitar, violin and Danny McCulloch bass.


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