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Animals (Musical group)
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New York : ABKCO, [2004]

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1 audio disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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All selections previously released.

Program notes by Jim Bessman (13 p.) glued in container.

Compact disc.
House of the rising sun -- I'm crying -- Baby let me take you home -- Gonna send you back to Walker -- Boom boom -- Don't let me be misunderstood -- Bring it on home to me -- We gotta get out of this place -- I'ts my life -- Don't bring me down -- See see rider -- Inside, looking out -- Hey Gyp -- Help me girl -- When I was young -- A girl named Sandoz -- San Franciscan nights -- Monterey -- Anything -- Sky pilot -- White houses -- Spill the wine (Eric Burdon & War)
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MUSIC CD Compact Disc Open Shelf
ROCK .A598 R Compact Disc Audio Visual

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Initially, the Animals' Retrospective looks like just another greatest-hits compilation recycling the same old tracks already easily available elsewhere. Yawn! Yet, on closer inspection, there's a big difference with this particular set. These 22 tracks are taken from the ABKCO masters and utilize Direct Stream Digital (DSD), containing both CD and Super Audio CD layers. ABKCO initially previewed this technology with much fanfare on the Rolling Stones' reissues of 2003. That excellence is again applied here and the material undeniably sparkles. The first incarnation of the band with Mickie Most's production is represented by what have to be the cleanest recordings heard yet of favorites like "House of the Rising Sun," "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," "We Gotta Get Out of This Place," and "Don't Bring Me Down." However, it's the psychedelic phase of the band, when they became Eric Burdon & the Animals, that the DSD really kicks. Every nuance present, and sometimes hidden, on a song like "San Franciscan Nights," or "Monterey," in which the horns noticeably jump out at you, or the battle sequence on "Sky Pilot," is incredibly vivid whether you're using high-tech gear or an average playback unit. Even if you've heard these tracks a zillion times, this ABKCO release gets you as close to hearing studio playback as you're likely to get! ~ Al Campbell