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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

The Animals are LEGENDARY

First off, classic rock lovers: pick this album up. The Animals helped start the genre, so anyone who likes the spin offs check this stuff out. Personally, I bought a few tracks, and then I got the album. My favorites: House of the Rising Sun, We Gotta Get Out Of This Place, Boom Boom, Hey Gyp, Sky Pilot, Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, and the BEST SONG ON THE ALBUM is with out a doubt 'SPILL THE WINE.' If you dig the Doors, you'll dig this. Hope this helps... later. -Rocker Numero 145

The best of the best of the best, & above the rest.

Nothing gets my heart beating, my brain flowing, and self assurance rising harder than this. I can't listen to this music enough. Be sure to get the Best of Eric Burdon album as well. If you skateboard, gladiate, or pirate, this is going to be essential for you to soothe your soul, be a human being again, and help your cells rebuild with fortitude and vengeance for your next encounter with empty swimming pools, a fight with a Hun vs. a hyaena, or a land invasion of Port au Prince Haiti in 1788. I'm not joking, these aren't parlour games here, I'm quite serious. If you are a mercenary with a compassionate soul, or mongol marksman, you are in the most fervent need of this aural companion, the twitchy hands will go away, I know.

Chill on Spill the Wine

I, too, am a huge Animals fan, and this album is terrific. But people, chill on Spill the Wine being album only. If you are a true Eric Burdon fan, you would realize that none of WAR's songs are on iTunes. My guess is that there is some rights hang up keeping them off. Spill the Wine was done with WAR (written by Eric while he was still with them), and they are credited. My assumption is that is the reason it is album purchase only. So buck up and buy the whole darned thing - you'll feel better that you did


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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