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The Best of the Animals [Abkco]

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The Animals 8/19/2008

Review

There had been so many compilations of the Animals' hits by 2000, between England and America and the various labels that had owned the rights to their catalog, that this single-CD, 20-song collection mostly passed listeners by without much notice. But it is worth owning, and not just for the generally good sound -- there are lots of excellent-sounding CDs on the Animals' work out there. The appeal lies in the programming, which is confined primarily to the group's Mickie Most-produced EMI catalog -- the only exceptions are the Tom Wilson-produced "Don't Bring Me Down" and "Inside-Looking Out" that close the CD). But included here, apparently for the first time on a hits compilation, is the seven-minute uncut "Talkin' 'Bout You," an epic performance that rates alongside he band's best released work of the '60s, which first surfaced on the 1990 double-CD Complete Animals. Its presence elevates this collection above most of the competing hits assemblies devoted to this band. ~ Bruce Eder
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 The House of the Rising Sun The Animals 4:29
  3. 2 I'm Crying The Animals 2:45
  4. 3 Baby Let Me Take You Home The Animals 2:19
  5. 4 Around and Around The Animals 2:43
  6. 5 Talkin' Bout You The Animals 1:52
  7. 6 Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood The Animals 2:26
  8. 7 Boom Boom The Animals 3:17
  9. 8 Dimples The Animals 3:16
  10. 9 We Gotta Get Out of This Place [US Version] The Animals 3:12
  11. 10 I'm in Love Again The Animals 3:0
  12. 11 Bury My Body The Animals 2:51
  13. 12 Gonna Send You Back to Walker The Animals 2:28
  14. 13 Story of Bo Diddley The Animals 5:43
  15. 14 It's My Life The Animals 3:5
  16. 15 Bring It on Home to Me The Animals 2:41

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