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





The (Original) Animals – Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted (1977)

FrontCover1Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted is a 1977 reunion album from The Animals, billed here as The Original Animals.

This was a reunion of the five original Animals from the group’s first incarnation — Eric Burdon, Alan Price, Hilton Valentine, Chas Chandler, and John Steel, in their first recording sessions (and, save for a one-off concert in 1968, their first musical project at all) since 1965. Bassist Chandler produced the effort using his Barn Records team.
The title refers to the first sentence of William Connor’s first column in the Daily Mirror after World War II: “As I was saying before I was so rudely interrupted,…”.
The album has received strong critical notices. Rolling Stone writer Dave Marsh called it “a surprisingly successful […] one-shot, with the original group, again dominated by Price and Burdon, turning in fine, hard-nosed blues performances.” Bruce Eder of Allmusic judged it “just short of a lost classic.” The Italian e-zine Viceversa ranked it #42 on their top 100 albums of all time.

However, record company promotion for the album was weak, no tour was held, and the sound was out of phase with the popularity of disco and punk rock; Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted reached #70 on the U.S. pop albums chart, #24 in Netherlands and did not chart at all in the UK.

AnimalsLive1977And here some euphoric reviews (taken from amazon):

This is one of the best albums by the Animals. Burdon’s singing is exceptional. The keyboard work is fantastic, as are the other instruments.

This album is the essence of the era. I can smell the beer,whiskey and cigarettes as I listen. Music not for a concert hall but a smaller, rowdier environment. Straightforward, not overdubbed, it almost sounds live. Pour a cold one, fire up a smoke. It don’t get much better than this.

It is one of the most under-rated recordings in the History of Rock and one of the best recordings by the band, in spite of having been made more than 10 years after the original line-up broke down. As in the previous albums by The Animals, most of the songs are covers and only one song has been written by the band. However, and as they did before, the covered songs are completely recreated, till the extent that may be listen to as if they were new songs. For instance, Dylan’s “It’s All Over Now Baby Blue” is sung by Eric Burdon with such a feeling, and backed by a terrific piano comping and solo by Alan Price that reminds me the work they did on “The House of The Rising Sun”, also inspired by Bob Dylan’s first album. There are a few differences on this recording, compered to the previous albums: the band does not sound as they did in the 60’s, they sound pretty much better in terms of record production, credited to the bass player Chas Chandler, without loosing that live recording feeling they have in their 60’s albums, which doesn’t happen with “Ark”, the last official studio recording by the band. Another difference in terms of music is that they approach styles they never did before, such as Jimmy Cliff’s “Many Rivers To Cross”. There are some great out-takes from this recording, available in the collector market, which should have been included on this re-issue, such as Lennon/McCartney’s “Let It Be”. Eventually, a recording that is a must, not only for The Animals fans, but also for all Classic Rock, Blues and R&B lovers.

Eric Burdon (vocals)
Chas Chandler (bass)
Alan Price (keyboards)
John Steel (drums)
Hilton Valentine (guitar)

01. Brother Bill (The Last Clean Shirt) (Leiber/Stoller/Otis) 3.18
02. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue (Dylan) 4.39
03. Fire On The Sun (Jake) 2.23
04. As The Crow Flies (Reed) 3.37
05. Please Send Me Someone To Love (Mayfield) 4.44
06. Many Rivers To Cross (Cliff) 4.06
07. Just A Little Bit (Thornton/Bass/Washington/Brown) 2.04
08. Riverside County (Burdon/Price/Valentine/Chandler/Steel) 3.46
09. Lonely Avenue (Pomus) 5.16
10. The Fool (Clark) 3.24


And here are the lyrics of “It´s All Over Now, Baby Blue” … listen to Eric Burdon´s version, the best version ever  !

You must leave now, take what you need, you think will last
But whatever you wish to keep, you better grab it fast
Yonder stands your orphan with his gun
Crying like a fire in the sun
Look out the saints are comin’ through
And it’s all over now, Baby Blue

The highway is for gamblers, better use your sense
Take what you have gathered from coincidence
The empty-handed painter from your streets
Is drawing crazy patterns on your sheets
This sky, too, is folding under you
And it’s all over now, Baby Blue

All your seasick sailors, they are rowing home
All your reindeer armies, are all going home
The lover who just walked out your door
Has taken all his blankets from the floor
The carpet, too, is moving under you
And it’s all over now, Baby Blue

Leave your stepping stones behind, something calls for you
Forget the dead you’ve left, they will not follow you
The vagabond who’s rapping at your door
Is standing in the clothes that you once wore
Strike another match, go start anew
And it’s all over now, Baby Blue …