Alan Price

I Just Wanna Make Love to You

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Although credited to the Alan Price Rhythm & Blues Combo, this should really be considered the first recording by the Animals, as it features all five members of the original Animals lineup, and as the band's name changed to the Animals shortly after this self-pressed EP came out. It contains decent, though not fully ripe, versions of "I Just Wanna Make Love to You," "Boom Boom" (the best cut), "Big Boss Man," and "Pretty Thing." Of these, only "Boom Boom" would be re-recorded by the lineup for mid-'60s release. Alan Price's organ is much less prominent on this session than it would be on much of the Animals' classic 1964-1965 work, and on "Big Boss Man" and "Pretty Thing," oddly, Price plays melodica. While original copies of this release are extremely scarce, these songs have shown up several times on reissue compilations, and are most easily available as bonus CD tracks on both the Sequel compilation Inside Looking Out: The 1965-1966 Sessions and the Repertoire reissue of Animalisms.