The Animals

Animalistic

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The best of the few Animals bootlegs. Contains 24 tracks from 1965-68, most from British radio, evenly split between the original band ('65-66) and the Eric Burdon-led psychedelic outfit ('67-'68). Sound quality is pretty good, though not pristine. The cuts with the original lineup are naturally the highlights; Burdon and the band are in good form, and the songs are way more obscure than their big hits. Of special interest is "Rosie," and which is the hit "Inside Looking Out" with the original lyrics (from the folk/blues standard upon which it was based); the boozy "We're Gonna Howl Tonight," from an ABC Christmas special; the little-known early Burdon original, "I Can't Believe It"; and covers of "Shake, Rattle, and Roll" and Ray Charles' "Drown in My Own Tears." The '67-68 performances cover some of the best numbers from their (wildly erratic) psychedelic period, with good, less spiffed-up versions of "San Franciscan Nights," "Monterey," and "Good Times." A neat bonus is a virtually unknown '67 British B-side, the extremely Hendrix-influenced "Gratefully Dead." The CD is a good addition to the library of the serious Animals fan.