Winds of Change (Eric Burdon & The Animals album)

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Winds of Change
Studio album by Eric Burdon & The Animals
Released September 1967
Recorded "over a two week period in March [1967] at TTG Studios in Los Angeles" [Rev-Ola 2008 CD booklet notes]
Genre Psychedelic rock
Length 44:29
Label MGM
Producer Tom Wilson
Eric Burdon & The Animals UK chronology
Winds of Change
The Twain Shall Meet
Eric Burdon & The Animals US chronology
Eric Is Here
Winds of Change
The Twain Shall Meet

Winds of Change is an album released in 1967 by Eric Burdon & The Animals.

The original band, The Animals, broke up in 1966 and this band was entirely new except for lead singer Eric Burdon and drummer Barry Jenkins, who joined the original lineup when John Steel left in February 1966. With the new band, featuring guitarist Vic Briggs, bassist Danny McCulloch and electric violinist John Weider, Burdon began to move from the gritty blues sound of the original mid-1960s group into psychedelic music.

The album opened with the sound of waves washing over the title track, "Winds of Change". "Poem by the Sea" is a spoken-word piece by Burdon with a swirl of echo-drenched instruments. "Good Times" and "San Franciscan Nights" were two of the most popular tracks, the latter breaking into the Top 10 in 1967. Burdon was a fan and friend of Jimi Hendrix and wrote the fifth track as an answer song to Hendrix's "Are You Experienced", which was still unreleased at the time the "answer" was recorded.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]

In their retrospective review, Allmusic described Winds of Change as the band's first real psychedelic rock album. They praised the closing track "It's All Meat" and the cover of "Paint It, Black" as rare examples of psychedelic rock songs by the Animals that are strong and convincing.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Eric Burdon, Vic Briggs, John Weider, Barry Jenkins, and Danny McCulloch, except where noted.

Side 1[edit]

  1. "Winds of Change" (4:00)
  2. "Poem by the Sea" (2:15)
  3. "Paint It, Black" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) (6:00)
  4. "The Black Plague" (6:05)
  5. "Yes I Am Experienced" (3:40)

Side 2[edit]

  1. "San Franciscan Nights" (3:24)
  2. "Man - Woman" (5:25)
  3. "Hotel Hell" (4:53)
  4. "Good Times" (2:50)
  5. "Anything" (3:20)
  6. "It's All Meat" (2:05)
Bonus tracks added in 2008
  1. "When I Was Young (UK Single A-Side)" (2:57)
  2. "A Girl Named Sandoz (UK Single B-Side)" (3:03) [can't find any CD reissue of this album with these first two as bonus tracks]
  3. "Good Times (Single Version/UK Single A-Side)" (2:57)
  4. "Ain't That So (UK Single B-Side)" (3:24)
  5. "San Franciscan Nights (Single Version)" (3:16)
  6. "Gratefully Dead (UK Single B-Side)" (3:59)