Love Is (The Animals album)

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Love Is
Studio album by Eric Burdon and The Animals
Released December, 1968
Recorded TTG, Sunset Sound Studios, Hollywood CA, October 1968
Genre Psychedelic rock, blues rock
Length 66:32
Label MGM SE-4591-2
Producer The Animals
Eric Burdon and The Animals, UK chronology
The Twain Shall Meet
(1968)
Love Is
(1968)
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Eric Burdon and The Animals, US chronology
Every One of Us
(1968)
Love Is
(1968)
The Greatest Hits of Eric Burdon and The Animals
(1969)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Love Is is a double album by Eric Burdon and The Animals. It was released in 1968 on MGM.

Background[edit]

Love Is was issued in both the United Kingdom and United States. It was the last album released before The Animals' second dissolution in 1969. An edited version of the track "Ring of Fire" was released as a single and peaked at No. 35 in the UK pop charts, breaking the top 40 in Germany, Holland, and Australia as well.[2]

Aside from the self-penned "I'm Dying (or am I?)", the album consists entirely of cover songs with extended arrangements by the Animals and sometimes even additional lyrics and musical sections. The entire Side D is occupied by a medley of songs originally by Dantalian's Chariot, a former group of band members Zoot Money and Andy Summers. Dantalian's Chariot archivists have been unable to locate a recording of "Gemini", and it is possible that Eric Burdon and the Animals were the first to actually record the song.[3]

This album captured the only studio work of guitarist Andy Summers with the group. The recording of Traffic's "Coloured Rain" includes a guitar solo by Summers which runs a full 4 minutes and 15 seconds. To ensure he ended at the right place, Zoot Money kept count throughout the solo and gave him the cue out at bar 189.[4]

Track listing (MGM, USA)[edit]

Side 1[edit]

  1. "River Deep, Mountain High" (Phil Spector, Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich) – 7:23
  2. "I'm an Animal" (Sylvester Stewart) – 5:34
  3. "I'm Dying (Or Am I?)" (Eric Burdon) – 4:28

Side 2[edit]

  1. "Ring of Fire" (June Carter, Merle Kilgore) – 4:58
  2. "Coloured Rain" (Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood) – 9:38

Side 3[edit]

  1. "To Love Somebody" (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb) – 6:55
  2. "As the Years Go Passing By" (Deadric Malone) – 10:13

Side 4[edit]

  1. "Gemini" (Steve Hammond) / "Madman Running Through the Fields" [listed as "The Madman"] (Zoot Money, Andy Summers) – 17:23

Personnel[edit]

Album Versions[edit]

LP
1968, MGM SE 4591-2, U.S.A.\> 1968, MGM U.K.\>

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ The Animals chart entries, tsort.info.
  3. ^ Dantalian's Chariot: Chariot Rising sleeve notes.
  4. ^ Andy Summers, One Train Later, Thomas Dunne Books, 2006. ISBN 0-312-35914-4.
  5. ^ Hulloder: Robert Wyatt discography 1967-1969