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"The Story Of The Animals"
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The House Of
The Rising Sun
Gonna Send You
Back To Walker
Don't Let Me
Bring It On
Home To Me
We Gotta Get Out
Of This Place
It's My Life
Baby Let Me
Take You Home
Talkin' Bout You
Take It Easy
Club A Go Go
I'm In Love Again
I Ain't Got You
Bright Lights Big City
Inside Looking Out
You're On My Mind
Don't Bring Me Down
See See Rider
Help Me Girl
She'll Return It
Where It's At
When I Was Young
A Girl Named Sandoz
San Franciscan Nights
The Other Side
Of This Life
It's All Meat
Ring Of Fire
I'm An Animal
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"The Story Of The Animals"
The Story Of The Animals is a 2-disc Import set, (also known as The
Singles Plus) consisting of singles of Eric Burdon & The Animals incredible
career. As a huge Animals fan growing up in my earliest years, I had many of their
singles, thanks to my older brothers. Throughout collecting these singles, there
were a few vinyl albums I had received, where most of these singles appeared, as
well as other songs. The two "greatest hits" compilations that come to mind are
MGM's The Best Of Eric Burdon And The Animals Vol. II and Polydor's
The Greatest Hits Of Eric Burdon And The Animals. Of course, there were
other compilations, from Abkco's The Best Of The Animals, and Polydor's
The Best Of Eric Burdon And The Animals, 1966-1968. The Story Of The
Animals combines most of the songs from all of these compilations, and is
probably the best assortment of The Animals' songs in one package. Another
compilation is the Import from EMI Int'l, The Complete Animals, which
focuses on the early years, and has a few of their most popular hits, but mostly
has non-hit recordings.
The most popular songs are all here, (looking at the Abkco set):
"The House Of The Rising Sun," "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," "We Gotta Get
Out Of This Place," "It's My Life." From the 1966-1968 set, the first 7
songs were best remembered for me, from the Vol. II vinyl, and having most
of the singles: "Don't Bring Me Down," "See See Rider," "Inside Looking Out,"
"Help Me Girl." (singles) Remembering "When I Was Young," "Hey Gyp,"
"A Girl Named Sandoz" and the Frank Zappa produced "The Other Side Of This
Life" were all best remembered specifically from Vol. II vinyl. The
remaining songs from the 1966-1968 were best remembered for me from the
Polydor Greatest Hits set: "San Franciscan Nights," "Anything,"
"Monterey," "Sky Pilot," to name a few.
What makes it more interesting from The Story Of The Animals set, are
the unfamilar songs from the vinyl tracks I used to have. Most of the songs from
this category from Disc 1 reminds me of another vinyl album I used to have, (and
lucily, Abkco Records reissued it on CD), the live album In The Beginning.
All of these songs focuses on the early R&B of rock n roll, in which The Animals
recorded alot of songs in this particular style, before their most famous songs
were more of a British Invasion rock style. "Gonna Send You Back To Walker,"
"I'm Crying," "Boom Boom," "Baby Let Me Take You Home" (this song I best
remembered by the Mustangs' B-side to their hit, "Davie Was A Bad Boy."
which I am still trying to find both songs on CD!), "Talkin' Bout You,"
"Take It Easy," "Club A Go Go," "Roadrunner" (which has a more early Beatles
sound). More R&B styled songs are "Mess Around," John Lee Hooker's
"Dimples," "I'm In Love Again," "I Ain't Got You," (which The Yardbirds
recorded), "Bright Lights Big City," "Blue Feeling." Surprisingly, "The
Night" would be from one of two reunion albums of the original members of The
There were no tracks from their first reunion album, Before We Were Rudely
Disc Two contains the core of their popular hits from the later years of the
1960s. There are only less than a handful of unfamilar tracks, "It's All Meat,"
"Ring Of Fire" and "I'm An Animal."
The Story Of The Animals is probably the best compilation of their
best hits and more in one set, as it consists of songs from 1964 to 1969, and one
song from their 1983 reunion album. One Way Records was fortunate to reissue most
of the band's later 1960s original albums. Some of their original early albums have
also appeared on CD. All of The Animals "best of" compilations and original
albums on CD can be found on
Amazon.com. Trying to find their two reunion albums
on CD maybe a challenge though. Both are available on CD, but maybe hard to find.
Where a lot of songs to look for from any particular group or artist maybe hard to
find, sometimes they can be found on various compilations, causing duplicate songs
on these sets. I have set to see a box set of The Animals' music, yet The Story
Of The Animals could be a good runner up to such a box set of the kind.
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