THE ORIGINAL ANIMALS
Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted
Jet/United Artists 1977
"CONTAINS ALL NEW MATERIAL RECORDED 1977" screams the promo sticker on the plastic shrinkwrap on the Animals (from Newcastle) first reunion album with the original five--Eric Burdon, Alan Price, Chas Chandler, Hilton Valentine and John Steel, just like on "House Of The Rising Sun" before Alan claimed the songwriting royalties and all the bickering started. Chas, by this time hugely successful developing careers for both Jimi Hendrix and Slade, was not surprisingly awarded the producer chair for this fine piece of vinyl recorded at his very own Goulds Farm with help from the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio.
They're back! They're older! They're a blues band all over again! Yes, of course Eric still sounds evil, powerful and none more black, but the overall darkness of the band's original sound is cleaned up and mellowed down easy. It's definitely an R&B album (with covers by Jimmy Cliff, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan and also Chandler's second crack at producing Rosco Gordon's "Just A Little Bit" as he had also produced Slade's version four years earlier) and no one here was seemingly worried about punk rock. If you think about it, this could've actually have been a logical next step for the band in 1967, had this lineup stuck together.
BROTHER BILL (THE LAST CLEAN SHIRT)
IT'S ALL OVER NOW, BABY BLUE
FIRE ON THE SUN
AS THE CROW FLIES
PLEASE SEND ME SOMEONE TO LOVE
MANY RIVERS TO CROSS
JUST A LITTLE BIT
Now I could talk more about this reunion record, but I don't have to...here's an ULTRA RARE radio interview LP that tells the story of the Animals and all about the making of this album, but curiously lacks Burdon quotes.
Some kind music fan clipped this Chas Chandler obituary from a newspaper and although it is touching, for this man to have been such a major part of THREE HUGE ROCK & ROLL ACTS (Animals, Hendrix, Slade), this small written tribute is a MAJOR UNDERSTATEMENT! Maybe one day we'll see a movie about the life of this music visionary.