The Animals - The Animals In The USA (1965-1966)

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

The Animals are one of many bands whose discography can appear very confusing, as the albums and singles released in the US differed to the ‘original’ UK releases. In the UK, singles were rarely repeated on LPs, whilst they were in the US, which made for a much larger number of songs to put albums together with. From 1964 to 1966 The Animals released three albums in the UK, alongside nine singles. In the US, five albums were released. Most of the tracks on these albums were also released in the UK (often as b-sides), but some were not. This compilation gathers together all the songs which only saw release in America.
However for the most part it has the same track listing as the US album Animalism, released in November 1966 on MGM Records. This is one album that was almost entirely exclusive to the US - only two songs, “Outcast” and “That’s All I Am To You”, were also released in the UK. In their place I have put two other US-only songs, and renamed it The Animals In The USA. The replacement songs are the b-side “Blue Feeling”, and “See See Rider”, which was a US-only hit single (at #10).
The result should be a handy compilation to go alongside the three original UK albums (The Animals, Animal Tracks and Animalisms) and The Singles Collection. It almost entirely consists of great cover material, featuring lots of familiar R&B classics. However it also includes “All Night Long”, written by Frank Zappa, and two songs by folk-rock singer-songwriters - Fred Neil’s “Other Side Of This Life” and Donovan’s “Hey Gyp”.

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