‘Animalisms’ provides a rare treat for fans of this superb UK R&B group. This was their third studio album, first released in 1966 and packed with blues standards recorded in the States with top producer Tom Wilson. Typically, raucous lead singer Eric Burdon pours heart and soul into classics such as ‘Gin House Blues’, ‘One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show’ and John Lee Hooker’s ‘Maudie’.
All the performances have a ‘live’ feel - like Chuck Berry’s ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’, while soulful stomper ‘Outcast’ features the fuzz box guitar sound of Hilton Valentine. This important reissue now serves as a memorial to former band members Dave Rowberry, who died in 2003 and Chas Chandler who died in 1996.
As well as the 12 original album cuts we have added 13 bonus items to the CD - including US hit single ‘See See Rider’, other chart successes and rare cuts from a 1966 Decca EP. An extra ‘Special Bonus’ section has four stereo tracks from the US version of the album ‘Animalization’. Not long after ‘Animalisms’ was released the band split up, so here are the young Animals in their prime, enjoying one last rave up.