"The version of "Monterey" on this disc is the edited version.The mastering is wildly uneven. I must direct you to the far superior 41 track "Story Of The Animals". It covers all the singles from their beginning to their end."
Sky Pilot is an awesome track
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This CD is worth having just for the track SKY PILOT, which is an incredible musical composition. Don't be confused: Sky Pilot is military slang for a chaplain, and this the song is really an anti-war statement. The story is that Eric Burdon wrote this song based on his grandfather's recollections of World War I. Sky Pilot didn't get much radio air play back in the '60's, because it is quite intense, and runs over 7 minutes.The CD also has "San Francisco", and other great tracks.By the way, don't buy the other Best of Eric Burdon and the Animals CD, even though it's cheaper. They remastered and messed up some tracks on it."
Good stuff -- but not the complete story
Tony | 04/10/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A lot of great tunes are on this CD. "Don't bring me down" just revs me up every time I hear it. What a great song. However, if you just get this, you are missing a lot of the earlier classic Animals tunes. No Animals collection is complete without tunes like "House of the Rising Sun," "It's My Life," "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place," and "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood." Pick up the Abkco collection for those songs."
Great songs but...
Tom | Cincinnati | 12/06/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"These are great songs, no doubt about that. The only problem is the production quality of this CD. Like many CD's that feature older music, the sound is somewhat flat. Just seems to lack some of the musical quality of the vinyl albums. Overall, I'm still happy to have it."
You don't get gipped with this CD!!!
chris meesey Food Czar | The Colony, TX United States | 08/22/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Most fans of Eric Burdon and the Animals would rate their performances from the year 1964-1966 as the best, with songs such as "House of the Rising Sun", "Boom, Boom", etc. serving as the standards by which future Animals material should be judged. However, some of the most interesting recordings took place during the time period covered on this CD, 1966-1968. During these years, the band was stretching the very boundaries of blues, adding touches of rock and psychedilia, while remaining very close to their roots. In other words, the Animals did not "sell out" during this period, but merely took blues into a new dimension. For example, the song "Help Me, Girl," sounds very much like the urban blues of Bobby "Blue" Bland, while "Hey, Gyp" could have easily been sung by Lightnin' Hopkins. (Note: You may not be familiar with the latter song by this title: Many listeners may recall a song by the Animals which seem to be titled "Buy You Chevrolet." That song was actually entitled "Hey, Gyp" and was written by Donovan, of all people. It's an absolutely fabulous song!!). In addition, Eric's version of the old Ma Rainey classic "See See Rider" is by far the best rendition of this old chestnut, while "Sky Pilot" is one of the greatest battle songs written from a soldier's perspective, and reveals both great pride and searing pain. In short, there is much to recommend this little collection, and the listener should waste no time adding it and the earlier "Best of the Animals" set to their collection!"