Sunday, 20 March 2011

The Animals - Greatest Hits Live! (1984)

The Animals - Greatest Hits Live!
Recorded at Wembley Arena in London on December 31st 1983 during The Animals' second reunion tour (the original band had previously reformed for a brief time in the late 1970's as well), Greatest Hits Live! is exactly that.  Although much of the set for The Animals' reunion tour in 1983 was made up of songs from their 1983 album, Ark, this recording features many of the band's classic hits, including House Of The Rising Sun and Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood.

The whole performance is imbued with a raw energy not usually heard in the band's original performances from the '60s, giving well known songs a fresh vitality that belies the age of both the songs and the band themselves.

The haunting piano intro leading into Eric Burdon's growling vocal performance on Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood is a particular highlight of the album, as is their raucous cover version of John Lee Hooker's Boom Boom.


Side one

  • It's Too Late
  • House Of The Rising Sun
  • It's My Life
  • Don't Bring Me Down
  • Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

Side two

  • I'm Crying
  • Bring It On Home To Me
  • O Lucky Man!
  • Boom Boom
  • We Gotta Get Out Of This Place

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