(Danny McCulloch´s ) Animals: House Of The Rising Sun (1997)

CDFrontCover1AThe Animals (also billed as Eric Burdon and the Animals) are an English rock band, formed in Newcastle upon Tyne in the early 1960s. The band moved to London upon finding fame in 1964. The Animals were known for their gritty, bluesy sound and deep-voiced frontman Eric Burdon, as exemplified by their signature song and transatlantic number-one hit single “The House of the Rising Sun” as well as by hits such as “We Gotta Get Out of This Place”, “It’s My Life”, “Don’t Bring Me Down”, “I’m Crying”, “See See Rider” and “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.” The band balanced tough, rock-edged pop singles against rhythm-and-blues-oriented album material and were part of the British Invasion of the US.

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The Animals underwent numerous personnel changes in the mid-1960s, and suffered from poor business management, leading the original incarnation to split up in 1966. Burdon assembled a mostly new lineup of musicians under the name Eric Burdon and the Animals; the much-changed act moved to California and achieved commercial success as a psychedelic and hard rock band with hits such as “San Franciscan Nights”, “When I Was Young” and “Sky Pilot” before disbanding at the end of the decade. Altogether, the group had 10 top-20 hits in both the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100.

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The original lineup of Burdon, Alan Price, Chas Chandler, Hilton Valentine and John Steel reunited for a one-off benefit concert in Newcastle in 1968. They later launched brief comebacks in 1975 and 1983. Several partial regroupings of the original-era members have occurred since then under various names. The Animals were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.


And here is a low budget sampler … BUT … not from the Animals …

This album was made by Danny McCulloch and some studio musicians:

Between 1996 and 1998, McCulloch was involved in controversy concerning re-recordings alleged to have been made by certain artists, in particular Mott the Hoople, involving an alleged reformation of the band by Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson in 1993.

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With musician and music promoter Gerry Chapman, McCulloch had formed McCulloch Chapman Music, which marketed to K-Tel International what were represented to be new recordings by original artists, such as Mott The Hoople, “The New Animals”, Paper Lace and The Byrds. (wikipedia)

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All of the tracks are re-recordings and are really rather pitiful efforts on behalf of Mr Burdon. It’s the usual midi keyboard backing tracks with vocals added, total rubbish.(by Quad5point1)

In other words: These are fucking fake recordings !


Danny McCulloch (bass)
a bunch of unknown studi musicians


01. The House Of The Rising Sun (Traditional) 4,27
02. Howlin’ (McCulloch) 4.44
03. Night Fighter (McCulloch) 4.42
04. San Franciscan Nights (Jenkins/McCulloch/Burdon/Weider/Briggs) 3,26
05. Bist immer (McCulloch/Chapman) 3.31
06. Road Buster (McCulloch/Chapman) 4.06
07. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place (Mann/Weil) 3.38
08. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (Benjamin/Caldwell/Marcus) 3.50
09. To Love Somebody (B./Gibb/R.Gibb) 5.27
10. Frisco Queen (McCulloch) 4.05
11. When I Was Young (Burdon) 3.48
12. Love Fire (Devanche/McCulloch/Stars/Clifton) 4.21
13. Pay Master (McCulloch/Chapman) 3.30
14. Stand Up (McCulloch/Chapman) 3.26



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