The Animals - Animal Tracks (1965)

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

In the time between The Animals' first and second albums, they had scored two more top 10 hits in the UK - "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" (#3) and "Bring It On Home To Me" (#7), covers of songs originally recorded by Nina Simone and Sam Cooke respectively. Though the Animal Tracks LP didn't feature the singles (as was common practice in the UK at the time), it did just as well, getting to #6 on the album charts (like their first one had).
Like all their UK albums, it focused on the pure R&B side of the band's sound. Lead singer Eric Burdon may not have had the sex appeal of Mick Jagger, but he was easily the best blues singer among the British Invasion groups. Alongside the usual covers of songs by Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed and Chuck Berry, it's notable for three fantastic Ray Charles songs. It's also notable for being their last release with founding member keyboardist Alan Price, who left in May 1965 to form his own group (The Alan Price Set).

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