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This double-disc set goes into Eric Burdon's entire recorded oeuvre from his time with the Animals and War to his solo material, and pulls out the stops. While it's truly a shame that some of the growling blues-rock classics from recordings like Animalism ("Smokestack Lightning" should have been here) are missing, at least "I'm Crying" is here. More important than the Animals material, the later years are given a solid lion's share, without the excessive baggage of the band. This is a positive simply because this anthology showcases just what a stirring, rousing, utterly gifted singer Burdon is, despite his material, whether it's his read of Louisiana Red's "Sweet Blood Call" or the Elmore James classic "It Hurts Me Too," which goes on for over ten minutes. Thankfully, many of the classics are here as well, from "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" and "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" to his near-definitive read of J.D. Loudermilk's "Tobacco Road." This is solid.


Born: 11 May 1941 in Walker-on-Tyne, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As the lead singer of the Animals, Eric Burdon was one of the British Invasion's most distinctive vocalists, with a searingly powerful blues-rock voice. When the first lineup of the group fell apart in 1966, Burdon kept the Animals' name going with various players for a few years. Usually billed as Eric Burdon & the Animals, the group was essentially Burdon's vehicle, which he used to purvey a far more psychedelic and less R&B-oriented vision. Occasionally he came up with a good second-division psychedelic...
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