Friday, April 24, 2015

Vinyl Review: The Animals No. 2 10" Vinyl EP

Format: 10” EP 45 RPM LP
Genre: Blues/Rock
Release Date: April 18, 2015
Label: ABKCO Records

The Animals are one of those legendary blues bands from England that popularized the blues and brought it into the mainstream by injecting rock music into their sound.

ABKCO Records is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of their 3rd British EP with the release of a high quality vinyl release. This special Record Store Day release was never before released in the U.S. and now it is cut at 45 RPM on 10" black vinyl for audio fidelity. How sweet it is indeed. This will be a fine addition to your library of music if you happen to be a collector not to mention a lover of vintage British white boy blues.

This music was meant to be heard on vinyl and not in a digital format. The LP cover is perfect as it shows the band during that time period. It is hard to believe that 1965 sounds that far away especially if you were just a little tike at the time. 

Eric Burdon (vocals), Bryan (Chas.) Chandler (bass), Hilton Valentine (lead guitar), Alan Price (electric organ) and John Steel (drums) were in this early line up. 

The four tracks are an excellent representation of The Animals electrified blues. Burdon’s soulful distinctive vocals ride along the top of the music as it churns and burns the midnight oil. Side One opens with “I’m in Love” a Burdon original, then comes a number by Price tiled “Bury My Body.” It is interesting how one mood of happiness and a joy of life goes straight away into the moroseness of death, but that’s what the blues are all about. Both are bubbling over with spot on vocals and fine musicianship.

As side two spins two covers are the topic. “I’m Mad Again” a classic John Lee Hooker track done very well and “She Said Yeah,” a bit of a rave up if you will but still soaked in the blues. So you get the best of both worlds on this short jaunt into Animals history, a taste of originals and covers.

This was an enjoyable listen for me, I am big Animals fan and really appreciate the tribute to their early sounds and classic EP releases. I am glad I have it to hold and add to my collection and I suggest you get your copy before they all disappear!
 
5/5 Stars

Key Tracks: I’m Mad Again, I'm In Love     

Tracks: 
1. I'm In Love  
2. Bury My Body  
3. I'm Mad Again  
4. She Said Yeah
     
Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-Write A Music Review Founder
April 24, 2015
Review Provided By Write A Music

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