Guide to British Music of the 1960s


Eric Burdon & the Animals

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Eric Burdon - vocals, Barry Jenkins - drums, John Weider - guitar/violin/bass, Vic Briggs - guitar/piano, Danny McCulloch - bass

After Eric Burdon left the Animals he formed a new band with Barry Jenkins in December 1966. Eric Burdon & the Animals is sometimes referred to as Eric Burdon & the New Animals although that should not be confused with a later band led by Burdon. Despite Burdon's presence the band was markedly different from the Animals with the R&B sound replaced with a West-Coast psychedelia as Burdon had by now moved to California. The New Animals had a series of hits in the new psychedelic style including San Franciscan Nights and Sky Pilot. There was still a heavy reliance on cover versions and the band's set at the Monterey Festival in 1967 included amazing versions of Paint it Black and Donovan's Hey Gyp.

Zoot Money joined on organ and bass in April 1968 and was an occasional lead vocalist. He brought in Dantalion's Chariot and Big Roll Band member Andy Summers on guitar to replace Vic Briggs. After this point the band brought some Dantalion's Chariot songs into the repertoire. Summers also shared bass duties with Weider for live gigs. This line-up recorded the album Love Is which included the singles River Deep, Mountain High and June Carter's Ring of Fire.

The band flew to Japan for a tour but things did not go well. After only a small number of gigs, the Yakusen kidnapped the band's manager and held him for a ransom due to a delay in the tour. The delay had been due to the difficulty in Japanese visas. The manager was finally released on the understanding that the band left the country immediately and did not return. They ended up leaving all their instruments and tour equipment behind.

Eric Burdon later joined War. Weider joined Family. Zoot Money and Andy Summers pursued solo careers. Summers found global megastardom as guitarist with The Police.

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