In Rock’s baby years, the English band that became well-known as Eric Burdon & The Animals displayed an amazing blend of blues and pop to attain a high placement on the charts. With such songs like “We Got To Get Out Of This Place”, “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”, and the number one hit, “The House of the Rising Sun”, Eric Burdon & The Animals cemented their place in the hallways of the rising music style. Their tenure as a band didn’t last too long. But the band produced a welcome string of eight albums in the US.

On February 21, Esoteric Recordings will release a 5CD Boxed set of all of the band’s MGM albums including a rare edition of the mono version of Winds of Change. It will be called When I Was Young: The MGM Recordings 1967-1968. In addition, a collection of ten bonus tracks will be added to make the set even more enticing. All of these albums and their included bonus tracks are newly remastered from the original masters.

The boxed set will provide a well-produced booklet that will feature photos, and a new essay. A poster will accompany the set as well.

When I Was Young: The MGM Recordings 1967-1968 – Eric Burdon & The Animals

CD1 (Winds of Change [1967] Stereo)
01. WINDS OF CHANGE
02. POEM BY THE SEA
03. PAINT IT BLACK
04. THE BLACK PLAGUE
05. YES, I AM EXPERIENCED
06. SAN FRANCISCAN NIGHTS
07. MAN – WOMAN
08. HOTEL HELL
09. GOOD TIMES
10. ANYTHING
11. IT’S ALL MEAT
Bonus Tracks
A/B-sides Single – May 1967
12. WHEN I WAS YOUNG
13. A GIRL NAMED SANDOZ
Single B-side – August 1967
14. AIN’T THAT SO
Single B-side – October 1967
15. GRATEFULLY DEAD
Single B-side – May 1968
16. ANYTHING (SINGLE VERSION)

CD2 (The Twain Shall Meet [1968] Stereo)
01. MONTEREY
02. JUST THE THOUGHT
03. CLOSER TO THE TRUTH
04. NO SELF PITY
05. ORANGE AND RED BEAMS
06. SKY PILOT
07. WE LOVE YOU LIL
08. ALL IS ONE
Bonus Tracks
A/B-sides Single – January 1968
09. SKY PILOT (PART ONE) (MONO SINGLE)
10. SKY PILOT (PART TWO) (MONO SINGLE)
Single A-side – May 1968
11. MONTEREY (MONO SINGLE VERSION)

CD3 (Everyone Of Us [1968] Stereo)
01. WHITE HOUSES
02. UPPERS AND DOWNERS
03. SERENADE TO A SWEET LADY
04. THE IMMIGRANT LAD
05. YEAR OF THE GURU
06. ST. JAMES INFIRMARY
07. NEW YORK 1963 – AMERICA 1968
Bonus Track
Single A-side – November 1968
8. WHITE HOUSES (SINGLE VERSION)

CD4 (Love Is [1968] Stereo)
01. RIVER DEEP, MOUNTAIN HIGH
02. I’M AN ANIMAL
03. I’M DYING, OR AM I?
04. RING OF FIRE
05. COLOURED RAIN
06. TO LOVE SOMEBODY
07. AS THE YEARS GO PASSING BY
08. GEMINI
09. THE MADMAN (RUNNING THROUGH THE FIELDS)
Bonus Track
Single – B-side – November 1968
10. RIVER DEEP, MOUNTAIN HIGH (SINGLE VERSION)

CD5 (Winds of Change [1967] Mono)
01. WINDS OF CHANGE
02. POEM BY THE SEA
03. PAINT IT BLACK
04. THE BLACK PLAGUE
05. YES, I AM EXPERIENCED
06. SAN FRANCISCAN NIGHTS
07. MAN – WOMAN
08. HOTEL HELL
09. GOOD TIMES
10. ANYTHING
11. IT’S ALL MEAT

By MARowe

3 thoughts on “Eric Burdon & The Animals 5CD Box: When I Was Young – The MGM Recordings 1967-1968 To Be Issued”
  1. The band that produced the hit singles mentioned was called just ”the Animals”
    When they split their singer Eric Burton started a ”new” band with a ”new” name which I believe only included Eric Burton from the ”old” band.

    1. The band lineup did change, yes, but several of the songs on this new set were hits. “san Franciscan Nights,” “Monterey,” “When I Was Young,” and “Sky Pilot” were all hit singles in the U.S., and most of them were in the U.K. as well. Also, a few more songs that charted as singles in one or both countries, such as “White Houses,” (An excellent track) and their cover of “Ring of Fire.”

      Further, lots of groovy album tracks, including their killer cover of “Paint It Black,” and lots more. This era is still an essential part of the Eric Burdon story. Well worth checking out.

      Further, there’s some great album tracks too.

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