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Album Review

Initially, the Animals' Retrospective looks like just another greatest-hits compilation recycling the same old tracks already easily available elsewhere. Yawn! Yet, on closer inspection, there's a big difference with this particular set. These 22 tracks are taken from the ABKCO masters and utilize Direct Stream Digital (DSD), containing both CD and Super Audio CD layers. ABKCO initially previewed this technology with much fanfare on the Rolling Stones' reissues of 2003. That excellence is again applied here and the material undeniably sparkles. The first incarnation of the band with Mickie Most's production is represented by what have to be the cleanest recordings heard yet of favorites like "House of the Rising Sun," "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," "We Gotta Get Out of This Place," and "Don't Bring Me Down." However, it's the psychedelic phase of the band, when they became Eric Burdon & the Animals, that the DSD really kicks. Every nuance present, and sometimes hidden, on a song like "San Franciscan Nights," or "Monterey," in which the horns noticeably jump out at you, or the battle sequence on "Sky Pilot," is incredibly vivid whether you're using high-tech gear or an average playback unit. Even if you've heard these tracks a zillion times, this ABKCO release gets you as close to hearing studio playback as you're likely to get!

Customer Reviews

Amazing Album

The Animals are so unique. House of the Rising Sun is an absolutely beautiful song, but all of the songs on here are good. I reccomend!

Awsome Album!!!!

The Animals are one of my favourite bands and this album illustrates their greatest stuff so well. It is a must buy for any classic rock fan. San Farnciscan Nights and We Gotta get out of this place are my favourites on this album. So check this album out and hope you like it.

The Animals

We've heard these songs hundreds of times before but with this album, we're hearing them all again for the first time. This is what the Animals should have sounded like when their music was first released. After years of listening to inferior recordings, fans of this band can finally hear what the band was striving to produce. If you love the Animals, don't miss this album!


Formed: 1964 in Newcastle-on-Tyne, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

One of the most important bands originating from England's R&B scene during the early '60s, the Animals were second only to the Rolling Stones in influence among R&B-based bands in the first wave of the British Invasion. The Animals had their origins in a Newcastle-based group called the Kansas City Five, whose membership included pianist Alan Price, drummer John Steel, and vocalist Eric Burdon. Price exited to join the Kontours in 1962, while Burdon went off to London. The Kontours, whose membership...
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