Ark (The Animals album)

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Ark
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Studio album by The Animals
ReleasedAugust 1983
RecordedCountry Lane Studios, Germering, Germany, p. 1983
GenreRock, new wave, post-punk
Length47:53
LabelI.R.S. (original US & UK release)
Illegal (original European release)
Epic (original Indian release)
Castle Music (various US & UK CD reissues)
Repertoire Records (2008 German CD reissue)
ProducerThe Animals, Steve Lipsom
The Animals chronology
Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted
(1977)
Ark
(1983)
Greatest Hits Live (Rip It to Shreds)
(1984)
Singles from Ark
  1. "The Night"
    Released: September 1983
  2. "Love Is for All Time"
    Released: November 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]

Ark is an album by the original members of The Animals. Released in 1983 on I.R.S. Records, it was the second and last reunion attempt of the band's initial lineup. The album subsequently was followed by a tour by the band.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Loose Change" (Steve Grant) (3:01)
  2. "Love Is for All Time" (Eric Burdon, Danny Everitt, Terry Wilson) (4:23)
  3. "My Favourite Enemy" (Grant) (3:46)
  4. "Prisoner of the Light" (Burdon, Raskin, Sterling) (4:09)
  5. "Being There" (Gemwells) (3:29)
  6. "Hard Times" (Burdon, Sterling) (2:55)
  7. "The Night" (Burdon, Evans, Sterling) (3:55)
  8. "Trying to Get You" (Rose Marie McCoy, Charlie Singleton)-(4:16)
  9. "Just Can't Get Enough" (Burdon, Sterling) (3:54)
  10. "Melt Down" (Everitt, Wilson) (3:08)
  11. "Gotta Get Back to You" (Everitt, Wilson) (2:42)
  12. "Crystal Nights" (Anthony, Burdon, Lewis, Sterling) (4:12)
  13. "No John No" (Alan Price) (4:18) (track on CD, but not on original album. B-side of "The Night")

With the exception of the CD bonus track, the songwriting credits shown above are as they appeared when the album was originally issued in 1983 (I.R.S. Records, SP-70037). When the album was re-issued in 2002 on compact disc (Castle Records, 06076-81172-2), the songwriting credits for Everitt, Wilson and Gemwells were removed. This left tracks 5, 10 and 11 ("Being There", "Melt Down" and "Gotta Get Back to You") with songwriting credits that simply read "Unidentified". It also left Burdon as the only credited songwriter for track 2 ("Love Is for All Time").

When the album was reissued on the Repertoire label in 2008 the songwriting credits for "Melt Down", "Gotta Get Back To You" and "Being There" were restored.

The album was again reissued as a burn-on-demand title by Amazon using the CD as the source in 2014. The artwork eliminated the booklet in favor of the song titles only.

Personnel[edit]

The Animals
Additional personnel

Production[edit]

Production is credited to all five band members. Co-production credit is given to Steve Lipsom on tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, and 10. Engineering credit is given to Lipsom for those tracks on which he is credited as a co-producer, and to Nic Rudrum for the other tracks.[2]

  • Jim Newport - design
  • Eric Burdon - design concept
  • Paul S. Power - cover illustration

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Ark - The Animals | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
  2. ^ Liner notes, I.R.S. Records SP-70037. Steve Lipsom apparently is not the same person as the similarly-named producer Stephen Lipson. The list of credits on Lipson's website does not include Ark.