First Four U.S. Albums By The Animals To Be Reissued On 180-Gram Vinyl, CD With Bonus Tracks Due May 20

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The Animals, The Animals on Tour, Animal Tracks, Animalization Get Mono Vinyl Treatment For the First Time In Decades; Mickie Most Years And More Bundle Includes Vinyl Set + I Just Wanna Make Love To You 12” EP 

ABKCO will reissue the first four US albums by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Animals this May. Originally released between 1964 and 1966 on MGM Records, The Animals, The Animals on Tour, Animal Tracks and Animalization have been out of print for decades and will be made available on 180-gram vinyl in mono with original cover art on May 20. CD versions of all four titles will come with contemporaneous bonus tracks. Also out on May 20, The Animals Mickie Most Years And More vinyl bundle will come with a reproduction of the ultra rare, one-sided 12” EP I Just Wanna Make Love To You, which kicked off the British Invasion band’s career in 1963.  

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Formed in Newcastle by frontperson Eric Burdon from the ashes of the Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo, The Animals were known for their hard driving, R&B-influenced sound and became a hit-making machine on both sides of the Atlantic right out of the gate. Their self-titled 1964 album includes the #1 US and #1 UK charting “House of the Rising Sun,” and was made in an era when they were “the most important and successful British export after the Beatles,” as asserted by Rolling Stone’s David Fricke. Despite its title, their February 1965 follow-up The Animals on Tour contains studio recordings and features the Top 20 single “I’m Crying.” Animal Tracks was released just six months later, in the same calendar year. As was customary for American versions of British records, hit singles were packed into it—“Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” (originally recorded by Nina Simone the previous year), Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home to Me” and the Mann/Weil-penned “We Gotta Get Out of This Place,” the latter of which became a de facto anthem for U.S. Armed Forces G.I.s deployed to Vietnam. 1966’s Animalization, released during the band’s final year of existence, saw original producer Mickie Most replaced by Tom Wilson (Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, the Velvet Underground, The Mothers of Invention). There is no shortage of Top 40 material, from “Don’t Bring Me Down” (written for The Animals by Gerry Goffin and Carole King), Ma Rainey’s “See See Rider” and the Animals’ re-imagining of a prison work song originally recorded by American folklorist Alan Lomax, “Inside-Looking Out.”   

“To me, The Animals were a revelation,” said Bruce Springsteen at his 2012 SXSW keynote speech. He went on to describe their catalog as “the first records with full blown class consciousness that I had ever heard,” before picking up a guitar and performing a large chunk of “We Gotta Get Out of This Place” and declaring, “That’s every song I’ve ever written. That’s all of them. I’m not kidding either. That’s ‘Born To Run,’ ‘Born In the U.S.A.,’ everything I’ve done for the past 40 years, including all the new ones.” Billy F Gibbons of ZZ Top expounds, “Oddly enough, it was the British bands who turned a lot of us Americans onto the blues that were our own backyard, and no one did it better than The Animals.” Along with numerous other groups, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were also disciples of The Animals, having covered “Don’t Bring Me Down” at Farm Aid in 1985.  

The CD versions of these titles will contain bonus tracks relating to the time periods in which they were originally released. The Animals has the unedited “Talkin’ ‘Bout You,” (the LP version was shortened due to the time constraints of the vinyl format), while The Animals on Tour has their versions of Jimmy Reed’s “Baby What’s Wrong,” Ray Charles’ “F-E-E-L” and a radio spot recorded for New Year’s Eve 1964. The CD version of Animal Tracks has five bonus tracks, including the hit “It’s My Life” and the UK version of “We Gotta Get Out of This Place.” The Animalization CD has stereo versions of three of the album tracks, which gradually overtook the mono format in the second half of the ‘60s. 

 ABKCO Records will be offering The Animals Mickie Most Years And More, a limited edition bundle consisting of all four titles on vinyl plus I Just Wanna Make Love To You—a faithful reproduction of the very first record by the band—a 12” EP privately issued in a run of 500 copies by Graphic Sound Ltd. Recorded on September 15, 1963. It contains the title track, “Big Boss Man,” “Pretty Thing” and an early version of “Boom Boom” (originally by John Lee Hooker) all on one side of a 45 rpm record housed in a plain outer sleeve. Captured by recording engineer Phil Woods at his home in Wylam, Northumberland, I Just Wanna Make Love To You is a peek into the early days of The Animals just before their rise international dominance.   

The Animals (U.S., 1964) 

Side 1 

  1. House of the Rising Sun 
  2. The Girl Can’t Help It 
  3. Blue Feeling 
  4. Baby Let Me Take You Home 
  5. The Right Time 
  6. Talkin’ ‘Bout You (edited) 

Side 2 

  1. Around and Around 
  2. I’m in Love Again 
  3. Gonna Send You Back to Walker 
  4. Memphis, Tennessee 
  5. I’m Mad Again 
  6. I’ve Been Around 

CD bonus track: 

  • Talkin’ ‘Bout You (unedited) 

The Animals on Tour (U.S., 1965)  

Side 1 

  1. Boom Boom 
  2. How You’ve Changed 
  3. Mess Around 
  4. Bright Lights, Big City 
  5. I Believe to My Soul 
  6. Worried Life Blues 

Side 2 

  1. Let the Good Times Roll 
  2. I Ain’t Got You 
  3. Hallelujah, I Love Her So 
  4. I’m Crying 
  5. Dimples 
  6. She Said Yeah 

CD bonus tracks: 

  • Baby What’s Wrong 
  • F-E-E-L 
  • New Year’s Radio Spot 

Animal Tracks (U.S., 1965) 

Side 1 

  1. We Gotta Get Out of This Place 
  2. Take It Easy Baby 
  3. Bring It On Home to Me 
  4. The Story of Bo Diddley 

Side 2 

  1. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood 
  2. I Can’t Believe It 
  3. Club A-Go-Go 
  4. Roberta 
  5. Bury My Body 
  6. For Miss Caulker 

CD bonus tracks: 

  • Roadrunner 
  • Don’t Want Much 
  • We Gotta Get Out of This Place (UK Single Version) 
  • It’s My Life 
  • I’m Gonna Change the World 

Animalization (U.S., 1966)  

Side 1 

  1. Don’t Bring Me Down 
  2. One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show 
  3. You’re On My Mind 
  4. Cheating 
  5. She’ll Return It 
  6. Inside-Looking Out 

Side 2 

  1. See See Rider 
  2. Gin House Blues 
  3. Maudie 
  4. What Am I Living For 
  5. Sweet Little Sixteen 
  6. I Put a Spell on You 

CD bonus tracks: 

  • Don’t Bring Me Down (Stereo Version) 
  • Cheating (Stereo Version) 
  • See See Rider (Stereo Version) 

I Just Wanna Make Love To You 12” EP (available as part of The Animals Mickie Most Years And More bundle) 

Side 1 

  1. I Just Wanna Make Love To You 
  2. Big Boss Man 
  3. Boom Boom 
  4. Pretty Thing 

Side 2 intentionally blank 

All tracks in mono unless otherwise stated