The Animals

Rumble in London

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Rumble in London is actually a reissue pairing the Animals' In the Beginning, retitled here as Taken Alive!, and the Yardbirds' Five Live Yardbirds, both previously available and often found in the bargain bins. R&B and blues classics make up the combined 36 tracks from the early-'60s repertoire of both influential English bands. With that in mind, the packaging on the outside slipcase is a bit confusing; it's very colorful and seemingly influenced by late-'60s psychedelic concert posters, but the intrinsically experimental aspects of such classic singles as "Sky Pilot" or "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" are nowhere to be found on this set. What you will find are the raw primordial sounds from where it all started. Also of note is the appearance of blues harp legend Sonny Boy Williamson (aka Rice Miller) as a special guest on both discs.

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