Eric Burdon And The Animals – Roadrunners! Rare Live And Studio Recordings (1990)

front-cover1Eric’s at his wild best in these rare recordings-many never heard by even the most ardent Animals collector! Four tracks are British radio broadcasts from ’66, one is from German TV in ’67; the rest are all live, from Monterey in ’67, London in ’67 (including Inside Looking Out ) and Stockholm in ’68 ( San Franciscan Nights; Monterey , and more). And the rarest of the rare: six live cuts from Melbourne, Australia in ’67, including See See Rider and When I Was Young .
This is a mixed bag of live and BBC recordings from both the post-Alan Price edition of the original band, and the later New Animals of “San Franciscan Nights” fame. Sound quality varies, but the obscurity of these tracks more than compensates. The Beeb tracks include one Price number, a faithful rendition of “Heartbreak Hotel.” Other highlights include gritty takes on “Inside Looking Out” and “Maudie” plus a fantastic version of “Jailhouse Rock” that comes within shouting distance of Elvis (honestly!). Barry Jenkins almost steals the show with his knockout drumming, and Zoot Money’s organ washes are utterly scintillating. There’s also a raw set culled from the New Animals’ tour of Australia, highlighted by spirited versions of standards like “Shake Rattle and Roll” and “See See Rider.” The version of “When I Was Young” is also strong and the groovy radio announcer at the end is a trip. Burdon’s Monterey appearance is showcased in a pair of freakout versions of “Ginhouse Blues” and “Hey Gyp”, both of which are way too long and too self-indulgent. This is the weakest part of the album by far. New Animals fans will adore the 1968 tracks from Stockholm which feature the band at its psychedelic apex. As goofy as it sounds on WINDS OF CHANGE, “Yes I’m Experienced” really rocks on stage (especially the killer feedback rave up—and Eric’s rap at the end is hilarious), and the other tracks (“Paint It Black”, “San Franciscan Nights” and “Monterey”) are faithful, though edgier recreations of the group’s studio versions. Vic Briggs always claims the band was much better on stage than in the studio and this set backs him up, mainly because Burdon’s often wearying improvisations are kept to a reasonable minimum. Grab it if you dig Burdon’s post-1966 work (although Glen A. Baker’s liner notes are so fawning they’re worthless).(by an amazon customer

Various Animals line-ups


BBC 1966:

01. Heartbreak Hotel (Axton/Durden) 2.40
02. The Work Song (Adderley/Brown) 2.52
03. Corrina Corrina (Traditional) 2.46
04. Jailhouse Rock (Leiber/Stoller) 2.52

German TV 1967:
05. Roadrunner (McDaniel) 2.53

Monterey 1967:
06. Gin House Blues (Troy/Henderson) 5.51
07. Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness) (Leitch) 8.24

Festival Hall, Melbourne, 1967:
08. Shake, Rattle & Roll (Calhoun) 4.25
09. When I Was Young (Burdon/Briggs/Weider/Jenkins/McCulloch) 3.15
10. See See Rider (Rainey) 4.02
11. Rock Me Baby (King/Josea) 2.36
12. Tobacco Road (Loudermilk) 5.37
13. So Long (Burdon/Briggs/Weider/Jenkins/McCulloch) 3.46

Live London, 1967:
14. Inside Looking Out (L.Lomax/A.Lomax/Burdon/Chandler) 3.04
15. Maudie (Hooker) 4.15

Live Stockholm, 1968:
16. San Franciscan Nights (Burdon/Briggs/Weider/Jenkins/McCulloch) 4.33
17. Monterey (Burdon/Briggs/Weider/Jenkins/McCulloch) 6.16
18. Paint It Black (Jagger/Richards) 6.28





Eric Burdon – The Unreleased Eric Burdon Vol I (1992)

EricBurdonFrontCover160+ minutes of unreleased studio & live performances, originally released as “The Unreleased Eric Burdon” in 1992, re-released as “Misunderstood” in 1995.

With an 11-minute jam on the blues standard “Crawling Kingsnake,” almost as long live takes of “No More Elmore,” “It Hurts Me Too,” and “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” and a handful of alternate studio mixes of obscure Burdon originals such as “The Road” and “Power Company,” THE UNRELEASED ERIC BURDON isn’t recommended for neophytes.

But unlike some re-recordings of classic Animals singles which give no indication that the songs are recent remakes, it’s not at all exploitative, and the folks at Blue Wave Records are clearly Burdon fans.

While it would be nice if the liner notes gave details as to where and when the live tracks were recorded, the performances themselves aren’t bad at all, with Burdon sounding as feisty and focused as ever. Fans will not feel cheated in the least. (by


Tony Braunagle (drums)
Eric Burdon (vocals)
Rosa King (saxophone)
Bobby Martin (saxophone, harmonica)
Snuffy Walden (guitar)
Terry Wilson (bass)

Background vocals:
Debbi Neal – Kate Markowitz – Lisa Scott – Lynn Carey

On Heart Attack:
Chris Couchois (drums)
Pat Couchois (guitar)
Howard Messer (bass)
John Sterling (guitar)


01. Crawling King Snake (Hooker) 10.59
02. The Road (Burdon/Sterling) 4.50
03. Power Company (Burdon/Cash) 4.41
04. Heart Attack (C.Couchois/P.Couchois/Messer) 4,07
05. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (Benjamin/Caldwell/Marcus) 6.36
06. Boom Boom (Hooker) 4.48
07. Don’t Bring Me Down (Goffin/King) 5.13
08. It Hurts Me Too (James/London) 10.17
09. No More Elmore (Burdon/Sterling) 8.38
10. I’m Crying (Burdon/Price) 5.02

Track 1 is an unreleased extended studio version.
Tracks 2 and 3 are unreleased studio versions.
Tracks 4 to 10 are unreleased live versions





Eric Burdon & War – The Black-Man’s Burdon (1970)

FrontCover1The Black-Man’s Burdon is a double LP by funk band Eric Burdon and War, released in December 1970 on MGM Records. It was the second of two albums by the group before Burdon left and the remaining band continued as War.

The title is a pun on The Black Man’s Burden, an expression which refers to black slavery, used as the title of a book by E. D. Morel (1920) in response to the poem, “The White Man’s Burden” (1899) by Rudyard Kipling, which refers to (and champions) American imperialism (including its history of slavery).

The album includes two suites based on cover versions of songs by other artists: “Paint It Black” by The Rolling Stones, and “Nights in White Satin” by The Moody Blues, augmented by additional sections composed by the group. (Two similar suites appeared on the group’s first album.) The extra material is mostly instrumental, except for “P.C. 3” (P.C. referring to Police Constable, a common abbreviation used in the United Kingdom), a risqué poem recited (and probably written) by Burdon over the music. Two other songs include a children’s chorus credited as Sharon Scott and the Beautiful New Born Children of Southern California.

One single from the album was released: “They Can’t Take Away Our Music” backed with “Home Cookin'”.

EricBurdon+War_01The album is also notable for its risqué cover art. While the front cover merely shows a black man in silhouette, the back cover shows Burdon and a woman in a suggestive pose: the woman sitting on a wall with her legs spread far apart, and Burdon (shirtless) resting the back of his head against her pelvis and gripping her ankles. The gatefold photo consists of the group (mostly shirtless) in a field with two nude women lying in the grass.

The album also came with a numbered 7–inch by 3–inch “war bond” entitling the bearer to $1 off the admission of any War concert. (by wikipedia)

SingleEric Burdon’s second and final album with War, Black-Man’s Burdon was a double set that could have benefited from quite a bit of judicious editing. Composed mostly of sprawling psychedelic funk jams, it does find War mapping out much of the jazz/Latin/soul grooves that, cut down to much more economical song structures, would shortly bring them success on their own. Highlights include the soulful vamps “Pretty Colors” and “They Can’t Take Away Our Music”; the 13-minute “Paint It Black” medley reflects the height of their eccentricity, and not one, but two covers of “Nights in White Satin” are absurd low points. (by Richie Unterberger)

Dee Allen (conga, percussion, vocals)
Harold Brown (drums)
Eric Burdon (vocals)
B.B. Dickerson (bass, vocals (bass misprinted as “brass” on cover)
Lonnie Jordan (keyboards, vocals)
Charles Miller (saxophone, flute)
Lee Oskar (harmonica, vocals)
Howard Scott (guitar, vocals)
Sharon Scott and the Beautiful New Born Children of Southern California (vocals on 03. + 15.)

01. Paint It Black (Medley)” – 13:34
01.1. Black On Black In Black (Allen/Brown/Burdon/Dickerson(Jordan/Miller/Oskar/Scott) 2.05
01.2. Paint It Black I (Jagger/Richards) 2.05
01.3. Laurel And Hardy (Allen/Brown/Burdon/Dickerson(Jordan/Miller/Oskar/Scott) 1.30
01.4. Pintelo Negro II (Jagger/Richards) 1.05
01.5. P.C. 3 (Allen/Brown/Burdon/Dickerson(Jordan/Miller/Oskar/Scott) 1.30
01.6. Black Bird (Allen/Brown/Burdon/Dickerson(Jordan/Miller/Oskar/Scott)2.17
01.7. Paint It Black III (Jagger/Richards) 3.02
02. Spirit (Allen/Brown/Burdon/Dickerson(Jordan/Miller/Oskar/Scott) 8.38
03. Beautiful New Born Child ((Allen/Brown/Burdon/Dickerson(Jordan/Miller/Oskar/Scott/Goldstein) – 5:07
04. Nights In White Satin (Hayward) 4.28
05. The Bird And The Squirrel (Allen/Brown/Burdon/Dickerson(Jordan/Miller/Oskar/Scott) 2.43
06. Nuts, Seeds And Life (Allen/Brown/Burdon/Dickerson(Jordan/Miller/Oskar/Scott) 4.01
07. Out Of Nowhere (Allen/Brown/Burdon/Dickerson(Jordan/Miller/Oskar/Scott) 3.22
08. Nights In White Satin (Hayward) 2.51
09. Sun / Moon (Allen/Brown/Burdon/Dickerson(Jordan/Miller/Oskar/Scott) 10.04
10. Pretty Colors (Allen/Brown/Burdon/Dickerson(Jordan/Miller/Oskar/Scott) 6.52
11. Gun (Allen/Brown/Burdon/Dickerson(Jordan/Miller/Oskar/Scott) 5.44
12. Jimbo (Allen/Brown/Burdon/Dickerson(Jordan/Miller/Oskar/Scott) 4.50
13. Bare Back Ride (Allen/Brown/Burdon/Dickerson(Jordan/Miller/Oskar/Scott) 7.07
14. Home Cookin’ (Allen/Brown/Burdon/Dickerson(Jordan/Miller/Oskar/Scott) 4.10
15. They Can’t Take Away Our Music ((Allen/Brown/Burdon/Dickerson(Jordan/Miller/Oskar/Scott/Goldstein) 6.45


Eric Burdon – My Secret Life (2004)

FrontCover1My Secret Life is an album by Eric Burdon released in 2004. It was his first solo album release, which contains new titles, in nearly 16 years. It was his comeback album.

It features many different musical directions such as jazz, blues, soul, rock, ska, rhythm and blues, folk, boogie, world and pop. Burdon said in an interview that every song is different. The album peaked No. 93 on the German album chart after it sold 20,000 copies in the UK.

Musicians on this album includes Red Young, Martin Gerschwitz, Terry Wilson and Jon Cleary.

The working title was “The coat of many colours”. (by wikipedia)

Eric BurdonAMy Secret Life consists of 13 tracks that form a loose song cycle revolving around Eric Burdon’s love of American music, specifically R&B, soul, blues, and jazz. While that theme dominates the entire record it is especially true on the eight tunes penned or co-written by Burton. “Can’t Kill the Boogieman” is a heartfelt tribute dedicated to John Lee Hooker featuring Burdon’s cherished memories of the blues legend sung over the tune of Hooker’s classic “Boogie Chillen.” He also shades/characterizes such artists as Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Philly Joe Jones, Billie Holiday, Josephine Baker, Otis Redding, and Chet Baker with first person observations, a skill no doubt honed with a foray into writing his autobiography Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood: A Memoir. Burdon’s voice is in fine shape, and he effortlessly jumps from soft spoken passages to his trademark blues grit that remains instantly recognizable from his days as vocalist of the Animals in the ’60s. What really makes this effort stand out from previous solo albums is the music itself. Instead of relying on the vocals to carry the music, My Secret Life allows the music to flow with unrestrained character darting off in several eclectic directions. “Once Upon a Time” apes both the Band and Van Morrison circa 1970, “The Secret” has slight elements of world rhythms, “Factory Girl” and “Highway 62” are dominated by a snaky Memphis guitar reminiscent of Pops Staples, and “Black and White World” (not the Elvis Costello tune) combines a breezy Hammond B-3 organ penetrated by a hyper ska beat. This disc should please any Burdon or Animals fan, but, more importantly, it may gain him some new listeners as well. (by Al Campbell)

Tony Braunagel (percussion, drums, percussion)
Eric Burdon (vocals)
Lenny Castro (percussion)
Jon Cleary (piano)
Mike Finnigan (keyboards)
Martin Gerschwitz (keyboards)
Bob Glaub (bass)
James “Hutch” Hutchinson (bass)
Nick Lane (trombone)
Darrell Leonard (trumpet, flugelhorn, trombonium)
Reggie McBride (bass)
Ivan Neville (keyboards, background vocals)
Eric Rigler (uillean pipes, Irish whistle, whistle)
Michito Sánchez (percussion)
Johnny Lee Schell (guitar, background vocals)
Joe Sublett (saxophone)
Daniel Timms (organ)
Tony B! (percussion)
Terry Wilson (bass)
Red Young (keyboards, strings)
Background vocals:
Gromyko Collins – Valerie Davis – Julie Delgado – Billy Trudell – Teresa James – Marlena Jeter – Kudisan Kai

01. Once Upon A Time (Burdon/Bradley) 3.51
02. Motorcycle Girl (Burdon/Nova) 3.52
03. Over The Border (Munyon) 4.27
04. The Secret (Barnhill/Chapman) 5.47
05. Factory Girl (Braunagel/Burdon) 4.40
06. Highway 62 (Braunagel/Burdon/Schell) 5.29
07. Jazzman (Burdon/Restum) 3.47
08. Black And White World (Burdon/Nova) 3.28
09. Heaven (Byrne/Harrison) 4.44
10. Devil Slide (Burdon/Nova) 3.35
11. Broken Records (Burdon/Nova) 3.25
12. Can’t Kill The Boogieman (Burdon) 3.59
13. My Secret Life (Cohen) 5.51


Eric Burdon & Jimmy Witherspoon – Guilty! (1971)

FrontCover1Guilty! (called Black & White Blues in re-releases) is a 1971 album by Eric Burdon and Jimmy Witherspoon. It was the first release by Burdon after he left his band War.

In September 1970, Jimi Hendrix died after a jam session with Eric Burdon & War at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London. After that, Burdon often broke down on stage. On 5 February 1971 he finally left the band in the middle of their European tour, allegedly due to exhaustion. After returning home and taking time off, the bulk of the album was recorded in summer with Witherspoon. The backing band, called Tovarish, consisted mainly of members from War.

“Going Down Slow” was recorded live in May 1971 in the San Quentin State Prison, with backing from Ike White and the San Quentin Prison Band. “Home Dream” was taken from Eric Burdon & War’s back catalog; the song’s title refers to the John Phillips Studios in Los Angeles. “Soledad” was released as a single.

The album was re-released as Black & White Blues in 1976. Remastered CD issues, also with the alternate album title, were made in 1995 by MCA and in 2003 by BMG.

SingleThe Italian e-zine Viceversa ranked Guilty! number 97 on their top 100 albums of all

This album originally came out in 1971 on Far Out Productions, an MGM label. It was titled “Guilty”. Eric Burdon of “The Animals” fame teamed up with the blues legend Jimmy Witherspoon. When I first heard this in 1971 I was blown away, and it’s still knocking me out. My favorite song is “Have Mercy Judge”. I was probably under the influence at the time but damn was that song powerful. Well I haven’t been under the influence since that time period and you know what? That song still kicks my …. The price of the cd is worth it for just that one song, but of course there is so much good music here. The band is good and the two blues men compliment each other nicely on vocals. If you like Eric, like I like Eric, you’ll say, oh my god, Have Mercy on me Eric I can’t stand it if it gets any better. Buy this cd and you’ll be driving to work in the morning singing, “Have mercy, I’m in a world of trouble, being held by the Highway Patrol”. (by elhud)

Recorded at Wally Heider’s and MGM studios in Hollywood, California through July 1971

Papa Dee Allen (congas)
Harold Brown (drums)
Eric Burdon (vocals)
B. B. Dickerson (bass)
Lonnie Jordan (keyboards)
Kim Kesterson (bass)
Bob Mercereau (harmonica)
Charles Miller (saxophone)
Lee Oskar (harmonica)
Terry Ryan (keyboards)
George Suranovich (drums)
Howard Scott (guitar)
John Sterling (guitar)
Jimmy Witherspoon (vocals)
Ike White and the San Quentin Prison Band (on 05.)

01. I’ve Been Driftin’ / Once Upon A Time (Witherspoon/Burdon) 3.47
02. Steam Roller (Taylor) 4.23
03. The Laws Must Change (Mayall) 4.55
04. Have Mercy Judge (Berry) 3.47
05. Going Down Slow (Oden) 6.25
06. Soledad (Burdon/Sterling) 5.07
07. Home Dream (Burdon) 7.18
08. Headin’ For Home (Burdon/Kesterson/Sterling) 4.33
09. The Time Has Come (Witherspoon/Edwards) 5.55


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The Eric Burdon Band – Stop (1975)

FrontCover1Stop is a hard rock/funk album by the first incarnation of the Eric Burdon Band, whose line up consisted of Burdon, John Sterling, Kim Kesterson and Terry Ryan.

They formed in 1971, after Burdon left his previous band War to cut an album with Jimmy Witherspoon. They recorded the album ‘’Guilty’’ and then, without Witherspoon, the album Stop.

It was not released until July 1975. Also it featured no hit single, but had some American chart success, reaching both US and Canadian album charts.

Stop, equally angry if you look at it through Burdon’s perspective, has a distinctly different compositional aspect playing games between rock, jazz and soul/funk shades, colouring Eric melancholic mood with a deliberately lighter mood, however it fails to hide his desire to cut off. It is quite characteristic that in the songs that Burdon has a part in the composition, the blues feeling is more than evident, even id none of the songs resembles his earlier style.

Indeed, City Boy, Rainbow and All I Do really make a change amongst the album’s ambience and make a turn back to Eric’s roots, while in the rest (with the exception of the excellent Stop) Eric sounds detached and alienated while his performance and his voice sound different and estranged. In any case, the great performer is there, even if he “pretends”, successfully though, to be someone else, until the albums grand finale where he bursts out screaming Stop to the end of his voice in one of the best cuts the 70s ever produced.(by Alex Politis)

The 1975 released “STOP” album was recorded by Eric Burdon & Tovarich at the Far Out Studios – Los Angeles, USA in August 1971 (Eric Burdon, Bob Morcereau, George Suranovich, John Sterling, Terry Ryan and Kim Kesterson) and The Eric Burdon Band at the Dieter Dirks Studio – Cologne, Germany in August 1973 (Eric Burdon, Aalon Butler, Alvin Taylor and Randy Rice).

EricBurdon1973Eric Burdon, 1973

Aalon (guitar)
Eric Burdon (vocals)
Kim Kesterson (bass)
Randy Rice (bass)
Terry Ryan (keyboards)
John Sterling (guitar)
George Suranovich (drums)
Alvin Taylor (drums, percussion)
Moses Wheelock (percussion)

01. City Boy (Burdon/Sterling) 3.50
02. Gotta Get It On (Sterling/Hodgson) 2.57
03. The Man (Sterling/Mitthauer/Ryan) 2.56
04. I’m Lookin’ Up (Sterling/Kesterson) 2.15
05. Rainbow (Burdon/Kesterson/Morris) 2.39
06. All I Do (Burdon/Kesterson/Sterling) 2.08
07. Funky Fever (Ryan/Sterling) 2.48
08. The Way It Should Be (Sterling) 3.13
09. Stop (Sterling/Kesterson/Haney) 5.45



Eric Burdon – That´s Live (1985)

FrontCover1That’s Live is a live album by Eric Burdon and his band, recorded live in Karlsruhe, Germany, on 8 March 1985, during a European tour. It was originally marked Limited Compact Disc Reference Edition in 1985, and achieved more widespread release in 1992.

That’s Live is the only recording made of this line-up which, during the immediately prior period of 1981-84, had been one of the first Western rock acts to play extensively in the Eastern Bloc, including pre-unification East Germany, where, according to bassist Rob Burns, the band were “treated like royalty”. (by wikipedia)

“This CD is the document of ERic Burdon´s present musical espression. But whatever musical surprises Eric holds in store for us – we can be certain of one thing: he will produce and perform music which will alway be true and honest, carrying the same intensity that has fascinated his fans since the very beginning of rock and beat music” (Alex Manninger; taken from the original liner-notes)

Tom Blades (keyboards, guitar)
Eric Burdon (vocals)
Rob Burns (bass)
Mitch Harwood (drums)

01. Intro 0.24
02. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (Benjamin/Caldwell/Marcus) 6.24
03. When I Was Young (Burdon/Briggs/Weider/Jenkins/McCulloch) 7.41
04. Working Life [aka Factory] (Springsteen) 10.40
05. We Got To Get Out Of This Place (Mann/Weil) 10.20
06. Poor Man (Guthrie) 7.52
07. River Deep, Mountain High (Spector) 7.06
08. I‘m Crying (Burdon/Price) 10.09
09. Lawdy Miss Clawdy (Price) 8.50