The Animals: Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted

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ImagePicking up right where they left off more than a decade ago, Eric Burdon and his original Animals have come up with one of rock’s least pretentious, most natural-sounding reunion albums. Burdon still rates among the great white blues shouters and—though Alan Price has regrettably shifted his prime allegiance from organ to piano—the band remains consistently compelling. Here’s hoping they stay together and give us more like Jimmy Cliff’s “Many Rivers to Cross,” the soaring side-two opener that easily surpasses all other versions.

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