The Animals ('60s "British invasion" group)

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There have been a number of lineups of this group, as well as various "splinter" versions where one or two of the original members made a comeback for a few years in the '90s. See name The Animals.htm for an excellent summary of the different variants.

Disbanded somewhere between february and october 1966. New band with some member overlap was started in october 1966: Eric Burdon and the Animals. Original line-up of Burdon, Price, Valentine, Chandler, and Steel briefly reunited for an album in 1977 and again for an album and tour in 1983.

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The Animals (also billed as Eric Burdon and the Animals) are an English rhythm-and-blues and 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.

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.

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.

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1964The Animals (1964, MGM Records, USA)The Animals45
1964The Animals (1964, Columbia, UK)The Animals55
1965The Animals on TourThe Animals2
1965Animal Tracks (UK album)The Animals5
1965Animal Tracks (US album)The Animals33
1966AnimalismsThe Animals33
1966AnimalismThe Animals3
1966AnimalizationThe Animals33
1977Before We Were So Rudely InterruptedThe Animals4
1983ArkThe Animals4
2017The AnimalsThe Animals1
2019The Complete Live Broadcasts 1 - 1964-1966The Animals1
Featuring Eric BurdonThe Animals1

Album + Compilation

1965Volume 2The Animals1
1966The Best of the AnimalsThe Animals1
1971House of the Rising SunThe Animals1
1971The Most of The AnimalsThe Animals5
1972The House of the Rising SunThe Animals1
1973The Best of the AnimalsThe Animals8
1978Animals AnthologyThe Animals1
1987The Singles PlusThe Animals1
1987The Rhythm And Blues CollectionThe Animals1
1988Midnite Jazz & Blues: Pontiac BluesThe Animals & Sonny Boy Williamson2
1989House of the Rising SunThe Animals5
1989The Most of the AnimalsThe Animals45
1990The Complete AnimalsThe Animals4.52
1990Best of YesteryearThe Animals1
1990Trackin' the HitsThe Animals1
1990The Best of The AnimalsThe Animals1
1990The Animals (Series: Best Now – 23)The Animals1
1991I’m CryingThe Animals1
1993The AnimalsThe Animals2
1994Animal TracksThe Animals1
1994Boom BoomThe Animals1
1994The Singles+The Animals3
1995Original HitsThe Animals2
1995The AnimalsThe Animals1
1996Inside Looking Out - The 1965-1966 SessionsThe Animals1
1997Best of the AnimalsThe Animals1
1997Best of the AnimalsThe Animals1
1997The Best of the AnimalsThe Animals1
1999Greatest and Latest: House of the Rising SunThe Animals1
1999GoldThe Animals1
2000Animals Blues YearsThe Animals1
2000Best of the 60’sThe Animals1
2000The Animals Featuring Eric Burdon (House of the Rising Sun)The Animals feat. Eric Burdon1
2001Blast From The PastThe Animals1
2001The AnimalsThe Animals1
2001The Animals StoryThe Animals1
2002The Best of The AnimalsThe Animals1
2002All-Time Greatest HitsThe Animals1
2002Animal MagicThe Animals1
2002The House Of The Rising SunThe Animals1
2003Don't Bring Me Down (The Decca Years)The Animals1
2003Absolute Animals 1964–1968The Animals2
2003A’s B’s & EP’sThe Animals1
2004RetrospectiveThe Animals3
2004Gratefully Dead 1964-1968The Animals1
2004The Animals / Animal TracksThe Animals1
2007The EssentialThe Animals1
2007Gold - Edição LimitadaThe Animals1
2007House of the Rising SunThe Animals1
2012The Very Best of The AnimalsThe Animals2
2013Greatest HitsThe Animals1
2013The Mickie Most Years and MoreThe Animals1
2014Greatest HitsThe Animals1
2016The 25 Best SongsThe Animals1
2019The House of the Rising Sun: Best of the AnimalsThe Animals1
Best SelectionThe Animals1
BestThe Animals1
Greatest HitsThe Animals1
The AnimalsThe Animals2
The Best of the AnimalsThe Animals1
The E.P. CollectionThe Animals1

Album + Compilation + Live

2020Complete Broadcasts II 1964-66 - Live Audience Radio & TV BroadcastsThe Animals1

Album + Live

1973Live at Club a Go-GoThe Animals1
1975The Animals with Sonny Boy Williamson (live, 1963-12-30: Club A’Gogo, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, UK)The Animals with Sonny Boy Williamson4
1976In Concert From NewcastleThe Animals1
1989Rip It to Shreds: Greatest Hits Live!The Animals4
1992Live at the Club a GogoThe Animals1
1992The Animals With Sonny Boy WilliamsonThe Animals with Sonny Boy Williamson1
1995Live in EnglandSonny Boy Williamson with The Yardbirds & The Animals3
2019Is Here Live on AirThe Animals1
2020The Radio Sessions 1965–1966 (live radio broadcast)The Animals1


1964Baby Let Me Take You Home / Gonna Send You Back to WalkerThe Animals1
1964I'm Crying / Take It EasyThe Animals1
1964The House of the Rising Sun / Talkin’ ’bout YouThe Animals52
1965Bring It on Home to Me / For Miss CaulkerThe Animals1
1965Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood / Club A-GogoThe Animals51
1965It's My Life / I'm Going to Change the WorldThe Animals2
1965We’ve Gotta Get Out of This Place / I Can’t Believe ItThe Animals2
1966Don't Bring Me Down / CheatingThe Animals1
1966Inside - Looking Out / OutcastThe Animals1
1968The House of the Rising SunThe Animals2


1964I'm CryingThe Animals1
1964The Animals EPThe Animals1
1964The AnimalsThe Animals1
1964The House Of The Rising SunThe Animals1
1965Boom - Boom / Don't Let Me Be MisunderstoodThe Animals1
1965Bring It On Home To MeThe Animals1

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