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The Original Animals

  • Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted [United Artists/Jet, 1977] B-

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Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted [United Artists/Jet, 1977]
Not bad for a reunion LP--a lot more authentic sounding than the Byrds'. But then, the Animals weren't as good as the Byrds. And the only time Eric Burdon really recaptures that old white magic is on "Many Rivers to Cross," such a cliche by now that only a singer as crude as Eric, with his desperate key changes and random enthusiasm, can bring it to life. Me, I'll take "Sky Pilot." B-