by The Animals
Released: Jul 2004
The Animals were perhaps the best band to come out of the first marauding wave of the British Invasion, and Retrospective shows why. Their strengths were the raw seditious twist they put on American blues and RnB with covers of John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom" and the cautionary tale of "House of the Rising Sun," which shook with all the pain and rage that Eric Burdon could ring out of his tremendous voice. Their ability to adapt and their creation of a soundtrack for the burgeoning Youthquake with the esoteric psychedelica and coded drug references of "Sky Pilot" and "San Francisco Nights" didn't hurt, either.