Eric Burdon & The Animals – Winds Of Change

Geordie boozer, pioneering British r’n’b practitioner, Psychedelic Eric, as well as Andy Partridge’s favourite joke … are only some of the many beasts of Burdon. An ex-Animal himself, by the time of the summer of love he was only fronting them, jumping the bandwagon from the Frisco coast itself.

Though it does have its share of misgivings, some of the content works (UN) surprisingly well for a bunch of Brits pretending to be Americans. Not so serious as you’d expect, the opening title tune finds Eric preaching about the history of r’n’r, over an eerie Eastern-tinged psychedelic background, while doing pretty much the same against the much more upbeat “experience” of It’s All Meat.

Sure the obvious highlight is the pair of international hit singles Good Times and San Franciscan Nights, but just as worth the mention is the single b-side Ain’t That So, proving that these new Animals were capable of raving it up r’n’b-way, just like the old ones.

[Released by Rev-Ola 2008]

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