"'Til Your River Runs Dry" by Eric Burdon on iTunes

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EDITORS’ NOTES

As the lead singer of The Animals, Eric Burdon defined the toughest ground in rock 'n' roll. Defiant anthems like "It's My Life," "We've Got to Get Out of This Place," and "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" were purebred rock punctuated by a rebel yell that's never been bettered. After his time with War, Burdon never got his career back on the mainstream track; he settled in New Orleans and played to crowds that understood his voodoo blues (and for whom "The House of the Rising Sun" was a personal matter). Bruce Springsteen invited Burdon to join him at the 2012 South by Southwest music conference, and Burdon capitalized on the moment by releasing an EP with the Cincinnati garage rockers The Greenhornes and this 2013 full-length album with co-producer Tony Braunagel. Bo Diddley's "Before You Accuse Me" is an ideal choice to go with self-penned tunes such as "Old Habits Die Hard," "In the Ground," and the hilarious and timely "Invitation to the White House." These are hard blues numbers played with bruising impact.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As the lead singer of The Animals, Eric Burdon defined the toughest ground in rock 'n' roll. Defiant anthems like "It's My Life," "We've Got to Get Out of This Place," and "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" were purebred rock punctuated by a rebel yell that's never been bettered. After his time with War, Burdon never got his career back on the mainstream track; he settled in New Orleans and played to crowds that understood his voodoo blues (and for whom "The House of the Rising Sun" was a personal matter). Bruce Springsteen invited Burdon to join him at the 2012 South by Southwest music conference, and Burdon capitalized on the moment by releasing an EP with the Cincinnati garage rockers The Greenhornes and this 2013 full-length album with co-producer Tony Braunagel. Bo Diddley's "Before You Accuse Me" is an ideal choice to go with self-penned tunes such as "Old Habits Die Hard," "In the Ground," and the hilarious and timely "Invitation to the White House." These are hard blues numbers played with bruising impact.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

54 Ratings

😎😎😎😎😎

SeeJayHawk,

Love you Eric

Still powerful

SUFI,

A tremendous selection of songs all done passionately. He sings like his life depended on it.

About Eric Burdon

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 hit, like "Sky Pilot"; more often, the music was indulgent, dating it almost immediately. Burdon's real triumphs as a solo artist came at the beginning of the '70s, when he hooked up with a bunch of L.A. journeyman soul/funksters who became his backing band, War. Recording three albums' worth of material in the year or two that they were together, the Burdon/War records could ramble on interminably, and would have benefited from a lot of editing. But they contained some spacy funkadelia of real quality, especially their number three hit single "Spill the Wine," which was almost recorded as an afterthought in the midst of sessions dominated by exploratory jams. Eric Burdon & War were already big stars on record and stage when Burdon, for reasons unclear to almost everyone, quit the band in 1971. War defied expectations and became even bigger when left to their own devices; Burdon, after recording an album with veteran bluesman Jimmy Witherspoon, cut a series of generally desultory solo albums. He recorded off and on after that, at times with the Animals, but has never come close to reaching the heights of his work with the early Animals and War. Burdon was always a riveting live performer, though, and he continued to tour with various incarnations of the Animals and as a solo act, branching out as a painter and author as well, and working in the studio when it suited him.

Burdon continued on this journeyman path until well into the new millennium, recording such solid albums as 2004's My Secret Life and 2006's Soul of a Man. In 2012, he experienced an unexpected comeback when Bruce Springsteen made him a cornerstone of his keynote speech at South by Southwest. Burdon joined Springsteen on-stage and was soon in demand. First, he recorded an EP with the Ohio-based garage rockers the Greenhornes, and then he devoted himself to the full-length 'Til Your River Runs Dry, which received a high-profile launch in January 2013. ~ Richie Unterberger

  • ORIGIN
    Walker-on-Tyne, England
  • BORN
    May 11, 1941

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