The Animals (studio album) by The Animals
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This album is rated in the top 12% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 74.9/100, a mean average of 74.2/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 75.1/100. The standard deviation for this album is 12.4.
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Hilton Valentine's guitar introduction to House Of The Rising Sun is a classic/iconic moment in modern music history - sadly, Hilton passed in 2021 - but his moment of musical brilliance will live on.
Quite nice for a debut album mostly comprised of traditional blues rock tunes. Seminal stuff to begin the Brit Invasion to the USA. This BEA entry is for the US album version
Best tracks: The House of the Rising Sun, I'm Mad Again
Worst tracks: Blue Feeling, Baby Let Me Take You Home, Night Time Is the Right Time, I've Been Around
Straight ahead, well produced (especially for 1964) garage rock albums. Eric Burdon has one of the best voices in rock and the rest of the band sounds great. Gets a little bit repetitive towards the back half of the album, but taken in bites this is a great slice of early rock music.
A very strong debut. Maybe even better than the Rolling Stones 64 debut.
The band sound very tight and clear, and the bass lines are glorious.
A commonplace would be to say that "House of the rising sun" is the highlight. HOTRS is the best track, but the real highlight is Eric Burdon's powerful and deep voice through the entire record. His performance is almost unbelievable.
The first track is deservedly the best known, but there are some other strong tracks here as well. Solid debut.
Naples is right... House of the Rising Sun is an all-time epic track.
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