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Looking back, a legend reflects and retunes...
on January 30, 2013
"It's My Life," "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," "We Gotta Get Out of This Place," "House of the Rising Sun," "Don't Bring Me Down," and so many more. Eric Burdon and the Animals were a very unique and original band and his later work with War and on "The Twain Shall Meet" ("Sky Pilot," etc.) is also quite unique. These songs were much deeper, more raw and gritty than a lot of what was being played at the time. They were fantastic and many of us have never stopped listening to them. I listen to this day, I play guitar and sing "House of the Rising Sun" frequently and it never gets old to me...I love 'em all still.
And now the old man looks back and marvels that he has survived (as do many of us) and shares a bit more with us. Proof that creative expression can endure. There have been some very middling releases of EB material over the years, so it is nice to be able to say that this new release is not of that sort, but is indeed a serious effort worthy of a listen.
The set opens with "Water" an introspective rocker which sets the tone for what follows. "Memorial Day" recalls the hit "Monterey" to me and is a good song. "Devil and Jesus" is a nice rocking blues. There are some surprises, "Wait" is a particularly touching and poignant love song that is quite beautiful - it's one of my favorites so far. "Old Habits Die Hard" is a real rocking blues number than brings back the 60's Animals vibe. As does "In The Ground" while "Bo Diddley Special" lives up to its name. "27 Forever" seems to suit the theme of this CD pretty well and echos a bit of the opening number. "Medicine Man" is another early favorite as I get to know these songs. It's one of the better produced songs, I think, and features some very nice vocals by Eric. Like his earlier work, these songs tend to grow on you with repeated listens.
The digital download includes a nice PDF booklet that has the liner notes, pictures, words to the songs and a few words from Eric as well as the credits and so on. Nicely done and well worth having.
So, here is quite a nice collection of songs by an acknowledged legend that will not disappoint. Well worth the asking price.
2013-03-02 Update: Came back and raised my rating from 4 to 5 stars. The more I listen, the more I like this CD. Wonderful to see this artist still turning out work of this caliber. "Memorial Day" is excellent and very timely. Lots of good song writing and that 60's vibe throughout. Nice.
2013-03-08 -See comments for a list of personnel performing with Eric. Quite a few.