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'Til Your River Runs Dry [LP]
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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
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"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.

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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.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2013
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If this were a Hollywood movie nobody would believe it, but at the age of 71, with Til Your River Runs Dry, Eric Burdon may have made the best album of his storied career. I know many of you won't believe the hype I'm putting out there, but all I can say is, "Give it a listen and then get back to me." By the way, I'm 61 years old and have been a fan since I was a teenager. I know there are a lot of old, and perhaps some young, fans out there who are going to be blown away by this. I don't really see the point in reviewing the songs one by one, they are all good and Eric has a first class band backing him up. I really just want everyone to know how great I think this album is, and I don't use the word "great" lightly.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2013
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This living legend lives up to his status yet again. His music is a breath of fresh air among a pool of talentless noise we hear today. Highly recommend!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2013
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WHAT .... AN .... ALBUM!!!! And totally out of the blue. I was in high school in the 60s when Eric Burdon and the Animals hit the scene. House of the Rising Sun, We Gotta Get Out of This Place, Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood. All popular tunes at the high school dances. Then came Winds Of Change which is in my all time top 20 albums. I still have the vinyl, a little scratchy but still as satisfying today as it was then. I am happy for Eric. He deserves this and this album is up there with the great ones. Today's music is terrible compared to the 60s and 70s and early 80s. I look forward to releases by these "old timers". And River Runs Dry is on my daily play list. The CD is in my car, the MP3s on my computer and Water gets played on my guitar. Simple chords, Am, Em, etc. Eric's still passionate voice makes this a big hit and I congratulate him for sticking to what earned him the greatness he so deserves. GREAT ALBUM!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2013
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I put this Cd in my car about a week ago and I just can't stop playing it. I just sounds fantastic, Eric Burdon at his best. Music well played and produced with a lot of soul and feeling. It could easy be an early 70's Animals CDs or even a 70's Rolling Stones CD. Highly recommended! As good as R&B and Hard rock and roll can get!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon February 8, 2013
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I have been an Eric Burdon fan ever since I rushed into my local record store to purchase "Don't Let Me be Misunderstood" as a 45 rpm single. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then. It's nice to see Eric back as a senior reflecting on life. His voice has taken on a gravelly sound, and the lyrics of these songs are very introspective. My favorite is "Devil and Jesus." It's great to listen to, but I'm also glad the words are included. "Wait" is very nice too. It's got a bit of the Spanish flair to it. From the Animals to WAR; from a solo stint to "Guilty" with Jimmy Witherspoon; and now "Til Your River Runs Dry." It's been a meaningful evolution for this artist.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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He was the lead singer of the Animals,one of the key founders/presenters of War and has continued to have a prolific and musically fruitful solo career as well. Between the more commercially inclined Mick Jagger to the almost blues purism of John Mayall and Paul Butterfield Eric Burden has always been that important missing link in the British blues/rock scene of the 60's that has knocked down any gaps that have existed between blues,rock and soul music. That's left his sound open to a number of different stylistic changes over the years. Well now it's 2012 and half a century has passed since Eric first made his musical debut as a member of the Animals. He has watched generations of people,time and music come and go. And in the case of music,often come around again. Somehow though the music he based his entire career on,R&B,has continued to thrive. And in terms of Eric himself thrive it does.

The album opens with two spirited blues rockers in "Water" and "Memorial Day",the latter reflecting strongly on the relationship between being against a war but supporting warriors who fight them. "Old Habits Die Hard" and "In The Ground" deal with the same rocking blues flavor on the topics of hard living and regret. On "Devil And Jesus" he uses the medium of hardcore southern soul to explore that mixture of the spiritual darkness and the light at the heart of all blues based music-including soul. "27 Forever" has a similar soul flavor and deals with that age when so many rock legends pass away and become shooting stars. "Wait" blends a clean,percussive bossa soul type flavor-a wonderful paean to romantic longing. On "River Is Rising"? Well he's talking the blues back to Congo Square with the infectious percussion of the Caribbean adding the main musical might. One of my personal favorites here.

Of course there's also "Bo Diddley Special",my favorite here as Eric describes seeing the R&B instrumental innovator live in concert,right down to his description of the shape of Bo's guitar! Between two interpretations,the soulful Marc Cohn "Medicine Man" and the closing rocked up blues of Muddy Waters "Before You Accuse Me",there's the brilliant jazzy blues of "Invitation To The White House",in which Burden once again muses on a dream he had where he addresses the US president (Barack Obama likely) and gives him requested advice on how to make America better. If the blues is at it's root a confessional form Eric Burden has,especially by this time,an understanding of it nearing perhaps the level where people such as Muddy Waters,John Lee Hooker and Howlin Wolf had. And all of them lived that life that was their music. Eric for his part has lived through much. And the conversational and expressive way he emotes his powerful voice actually makes this one of the few records where I can say it sounds as if the artists is having a personal chat with me. As for the content of this "record chat" to extend the metaphor? That the questions asked by people like Eric Burden and that generation will be with us for a long time to come.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I attended an Animal's concert without Eric Burdon a number of years ago. The lead singer was young and could belt out a song out, but he lacked the soul and depth of Eric Burdon. In short, the music just wasn't the same nor as good. 'Til Your River Runs Dry doesn't sound like the Animals either, but has a sound unique to Eric Burdon. He sings with the soul and depth of a person who has experienced much in life.
Even though his voice isn't the same youthful, driving voice he had when he sang with the Animals, he can still sing like nobody's business, and now his voice has a richer, more nuanced, blues sound. This album has great songs sung by a master, a singer who understands the music.
P.S. For those of you who have never listened to Eric Burdon and The Animals, you have missed out on one of the all time classics of Rock'n Roll. They put the blues in rock and I love the sound.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2013
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Eric has always been an unbelievable talent....this CD carries on with his amazing voice and some VERY strong lyrics.......such a pleasure to hear someone continue on with creativity and not even resemble the no-talents who are recording nonsense nowadays....Eric continues 50+ years of greatness....
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2013
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A good solid album where Burdon returns to the roots music he's never ventured far from. Blues, hard rock, some gospel-inflected songs ("The River is Rising" is a stunner)and a nice tribute to the late great Bo Diddly. This CD isn't going to overthrow "My Secret Life" as his solo masterpiece but it's a nice bit of work. My only `criticism'? Personally, I would have preferred a few more ballads in the mix (like the wonderful Celtic-inflected "Factory Girl' or the hauntingly sinister and mysterious "The Secret", both from "Secret Life"). Still his cover of Mark Cohn's ballad "Medicine Man" is admirable and "27 Forever" is also a poignant ballad, a dark, smoky and whisky-soaked tribute to his old friends, Jim and Jimi. As far as the rockers go, "Water" and "Old Habits Die Hard" are just great blistering numbers, two of the best tracks here.
It's impossible to conclude this review without mentioning "Invitation to the White House", a strong slow blues with a great arrangement that seems to reflect both Burdon's sympathy for (and subtle disillusion with) President Obama.
Burdon has a good band backing him on these songs and I particularly enjoyed the keyboard work. The organ was integral to the sound of the original Animals and I've always suspected Dylan had "The House of the Rising Sun" (the first true folk rock recording) in the back of his mind when he and his band were arranging his masterpiece Highway 61 Revisited.
So great to see the man still recording and sounding strong as ever! Despite "27 Forever", I'm glad Mr. Burdon decided to stick around for awhile. Here's to Fate and Time allowing more recordings as wonderful as this one.
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