Thursday, June 25, 2020

The Animals (French EP Box Collection) 1964-67 + Bonus + Flac + MP3







his may seem like a strange way to listen to a group's legacy, 42 songs on 11 CD platters in a box. It is a bit pricey, as well, but going up four songs at a time with the Animals sort of makes sense, at least as far as distilling down their most successful and interesting work. The group never quite got the hang of making successful albums; that doesn't mean that they didn't do some very good ones, including their two for EMI, but their 12" platter sales never remotely matched the popularity of their nine hit singles from 1964 through 1966. Their EPs were a different matter -- while the group strained in the studio to assemble 40 minutes of attractive listening, their songs made great four-track platters. In England, they issued five extended-play singles, while in France the group saw twice that many issued in their name, both by EMI Records and the Barclay label. The 11 discs in this box (counting the bonus CD single of "San Franciscan Nights" b/w "Good Times") make up their French EP output across three years, each song remastered in state-of-the-art, 24-bit digital audio and sounding most impressive. Starting with The Animals, containing "House of the Rising Sun," "Talkin' About You" (the official "short" edit), "Gonna Send You Back to Walker," and "Baby Let Me Take You Home," there's a good cross-section of the best work out of just about every group of recording sessions the band ever had -- they never knew how to program an album for mass appeal (especially as they couldn't include any singles on them). The EMI sides are a match in fidelity to the sound on the 24-bit Japanese remasters of the two EMI albums, but the box continues on up past that point to their brief stay with England's Decca Records and Burdon's closing out of the Animals name and eventual formation of Eric Burdon & the Animals. All of the EMI material, and even a major chunk of the Decca-recorded sides (now owned by B&C Recordings), was upgraded elsewhere by 2003, but not the MCA-owned sides such as "Hey Gyp," "When I Was Young," the mastering of which here makes the quality on Polygram's Best of Eric Burdon & the Animals, 1966-1968 sound like it's mastered off of 45s. There is one genuine obscurity, "Ain't That So," from their early psychedelic period. The artwork on the individual sleeves is also more interesting than the images on the jackets of either of their EMI LPs, at least until 1966, when the group's lineup became very fluid and Burdon became the focus of the graphics -- and one also gets a good picture of the 1967-vintage group on the bonus disc sleeve.

Tracklist

1er EP
1-1 The House Of The Rising Sun
1-2 Talkin' About You (French EP Version)
1-3 Gonna Send You Back To Walker
1-4 Baby, Let Me Take You Home
2ème EP
2-1 I'm Crying
2-2 Take It Easy
2-3 She Said Yeah
2-4 I'm In Love Again
3ème EP
3-1 Boom Boom
3-2 Club-A-Gogo
3-3 Dont Let Me Be Misunderstood
3-4 Roadrunner
4ème EP
4-1 Bring It On Home To Me
4-2 Hallelujah! I Love Her So
4-3 For Miss Caulker
4-4 Mess Around
5ème EP
5-1 We've Gotta Out Of This Place
5-2 I Cant Believe It
5-3 I Aint Got You
5-4 How Youve Changed
6ème EP
6-1 It's My Life
6-2 Believe To My Soul
6-3 I'm Going To Change The World
6-4 Let The Good Times Roll
7ème EP
7-1 Inside Looking Out
7-2 That's All I Am To You
7-3 She'll Return It
7-4 Outcast
8ème EP
8-1 Don't Bring Me Down
8-2 Cheating
8-3 What Am I Living For
8-4 I Put A Spell On You
9ème EP
9-1 See See Rider
9-2 Mama Told Me Not To Come
9-3 Help Me Girl
9-4 That Ain't Where It's At
10ème EP
10-1 Hey Gyp
10-2 In The Night
10-3 When I Was Young
10-4 Ain't That So
Bonus CD Single
11-1 San Franciscan Nights
11-2 Good Times

Enjoy

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8 comments:

  1. Marvelous!! Especially for the flac versions. Thank you. Really all posts should be in flac but I'll take what I can get and be thankful.

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  2. It's a pity that I never found stereo recordings by The Animals ' first albums ... until when do we have to wait for, EMI? Anyway, thanks for the post!

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  3. Great to get these in flac. Thank you.

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  5. Waouh! The Animals in FLAC. Great post.
    Many many thanks.

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  6. Very nice collection. I appreciate you sharing it here.

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