The Animals

The AnimalsFrom: Newcastle, England

Forming in mid 1963 from the Alan Price Combo, the Animals are considered to be one of the best British R&B bands of all time. Original members included Eric Burdon (lead vocals), Chas Chandler (bass), Alan Price (keyboards), Hilton Valentine (guitar), and John Steel (drums).

The group moved from Newcastle to London in January, 1964 and were soon snatched up by producer Mike Post who got them a record deal on EMI’s Columbia label. They released several LPs, EPs and singles from 1964 through 1966, with most songs blasting forth a hard driving signature R&B sound highlighted by Burdon’s incredible vocals. In 1966 they began playing the outer fringes of mod/psych and released the outstanding ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’.

The original band broke up in mid 1966 and Eric Burdon moved to San Francisco, CA where he reformed the Animals with completely new members, calling themselves Eric Burdon & The Animals. In 1969, Burdon also went on to collaborate with the group War and released an LP under the band name Eric Burdon & War.

Chas Chandler went on to discover and manage Jimi Hendrix and was instrumental in forming The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From the 1965 single Columbia DB 7741

  • I’m Going To Change The World
  • It’s My Life

From the 1966 single Decca F 12407

  • Don’t Bring Me Down