Saturday, 11 May 2013

Retro Vinyl: Most Of The Animals (Music For Pleasure, 1971)

In the early 1970s Music For Pleasure released a collection of vinyl albums under the title The Most Of ...

The Most Of... celebrated the production of EMI producer Mickie Most who during the 1960s worked with many celebrated acts including Julie Felix, Herman's Hermits, Lulu and The Animals.

The title The Most Of Animals was used on several compilations featuring the 1960s Newcastle-Upon-Tyne beat combo from as early as 1965.

However, this compilation originates from 1971, and was such a popular seller on the MFP label, it avoided the deletion axe well into the late 1980s (when I purchased my copy).

Most Of The Animals features four fabulous singles including 1964's The House Of The Rising Sun (a chart-topper in the UK and US) and the essential 1965 smash We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place as well as the bands versions of Bo Diddley's Roadrunner and Ray Charles' Hallelujah I Love Her So. 

There are also two stunning Eric Burdon compositions including I'm Gonna Change The World and the incredible For Miss Caulker, a song which appeared as a B Side on Bring It on Home To Me.

I particularly love this albums raw energy and as far as blues groups go from the 60s I think they were up there with the best, House Of The Rising Sun, particularly is still one of the greatest singles ever recorded (and groundbreaking at the time for been over 4 minutes long).

The album later got a reissue on Music For Pleasure on CD with additional tracks, however some fans might also be aware that another worthy Animals collection is also available entitled A's B's and EP's which features a lot of the bands early singles and EP output and a large majority of tracks featured on The Most Of Animals.

Check out more on The Animals past and present at The Animals Official Website

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