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Album Review

The Animals' formal reunion, complete with a new repertory and a well-financed recording. Ark has its dark, moody moments and sometimes bogs down in the sheer heaviness of the sound and sensibilities, but where Eric Burdon is on target as a singer, which is 70 percent of the time, the group sounds amazingly good.

Customer Reviews

The Animals last album is a hidden treasure

"Ark" is an album that you cannot let slip through your fingers. This is the last album with all of the original members and each are at their musical peak. It must have been difficult to pick the single release, because songs like "Gotta Get Back To You", "Being There & "Just Can't Get Enough" are enjoyably mainstream. Some of the songs have such an excellent groove ("Love Is For All Time") and Eric's vocals are as passionate as they've ever been (see "My Favorite Enemy" & "Trying To Get To You").

Biography

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...
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