The Animals - The Animals (1964)

The Animals were an English group active in the 60s, part of the 'British Invasion'.

The Animals were Newcastle's main contribution to the British Invasion of young English groups playing American R&B with youthful energy and passion. By the time of their debut album's release, they had already had three Top 20 singles, and "The House Of The Rising Sun" had given them a #1 hit. They were therefore big news in the English pop world (and relatively big news in America as well). However, whilst their singles (all available on this compilation) filtered their blues roots through pop songs (albeit tough, gritty pop songs), their album saw them playing the American rhythm and blues music that they loved without any such thoughts of trying to top the charts.
Their debut album featured songs by black American artists such as Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker and Fats Domino. It was the same formula most of the other British Invasion bands (The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Yardbirds, etc) were using at the time, but Eric Burdon's powerful vocals undoubtedly put them ahead in terms of blues authenticity (or at least the sound of it).
The album actually turned out to be a chart success too, no doubt pulled along in the wake of "The House Of The Rising Sun". It got to #6.

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leafofhope said...

The Animals were Newcastle's main contribution to the British Invasion of young English groups playing American R&B with youthful energy and passion. By the time of their debut album's release, they had already had three Top 20 singles, and "The House Of The Rising Sun" having given them a #1 hit. They were therefore big news in the English pop world (and relatively big news in America as well). However, whilst their singles (all available on this compilation) filtered their blues roots through pop songs (albeit tough, gritty pop songs), their album saw them playing the American rhythm and blues music that they loved without any such thoughts of trying to top the charts.
Their debut album featured songs by black American artists such as Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker and Fats Domino (plus "Bury My Body", written by a young Al Kooper). It was the same formula most of the other British Invasion bands (The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Yardbirds, etc) were using at the time, but Eric Burdon's powerful vocals undoubtedly put them ahead in terms of blues authenticity (or at least the sound of it).
The album actually turned out to be a chart success too, no doubt pulled along in the wake of "The House Of The Rising Sun". It got to #6.

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Anonymous said...

could you upload the animals discography to zippyshare please. The files for them at zshare no longer allow access. the singles collection is on zippyshare and downloads in a few seconds. yeah zippyshare!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for reupping the Animals discography!

norsetruscali said...

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