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THE ORIGINAL ANIMALS   

  

The original line-up of The Animals reunited on three occasions after their split in 1966:

1968 - for a one-off benefit gig in Newcastle,
1975 - for the "Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted" album, and 
 1983 - for the studio album "Ark", a world tour and the "Greatest Hits Live!" album (also known as "Rip It To Shreds").
       
 

THE ANIMALS (The Original Animals #1) 

1968 One-off Benefit Gig - City Hall, Newcastle, England.
Vocals: Eric Burdon 
Organ: Alan Price   
Bass Guitar: Chas Chandler (Bryan)    
Guitar: Hilton Valentine  
Drums: John Steel 
It is a commonly held belief that the first reunion of the original members of The Animals was for the LP "Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted" in the mid 1970's.  However, Hilton Valentine confirms that the original members actually got together at the City Hall in Newcastle, England in 1968 for a one-off benefit gig for the Percy Hedley Spastic School and the Muscular Dystrophy Group of Tyneside. The 1975 reunion (see below) was however the first time that the original five members of The Animals actually recorded together since Alan Price had left the group in May 1965. 
             
 

THE ANIMALS (The Original Animals #2) 

1975 Reunion - "Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted" studio album.
Vocals: Eric Burdon   [photo]

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Organ: Alan Price     [photo]
Bass Guitar: Chas Chandler      [photo]    Obituary
Guitar: Hilton Valentine     [photo]
Drums: John Steel     [photo]
Recorded at Gould's Farm, Lingfield, England in December 1975.
Due to Burdon's ongoing legal problems with Gold & Goldstein the album was not released until 1977 (some 18 months later).
        

THE ANIMALS (The Original Animals #3)

1983 Reunion - "Ark" studio album.
Vocals: Eric Burdon      [photo]

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Organ / Backing Vocals: Alan Price      [photo]
Bass Guitar / Backing Vocals: Chas Chandler       [photo]
Guitars: Hilton Valentine      [photo]
Drums: John Steel      [photo]
Recorded at the Country Lane Studio in Germering, Germany commencing on 16-Jun-83.
Dionisio Castello notes in his 1991 book "Good Times" that the original band members were supported by Zoot Money (ex Eric Burdon & The Animals in the late 60's), Steve Grant, Nippy Noya and Steve Gregory (a saxophonist who had played with Price and Burdon at the Newcastle City Hall in December 1982 when Burdon guest starred in Alan Price's concert).
             

THE ANIMALS (The Original Animals #4) 

1983 Reunion Tour - "Greatest Hits Live! - Rip It To Shreads" live album.
Vocals: Eric Burdon      [photo

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Guitar: Hilton Valentine      [photo]
 Bass: Chas Chandler       [photo]
Drums: John Steel      [photo
Keyboards: Alan Price      [photo]
Keyboards: George "Zoot" Money
Guitar: Steve Grant   
Recorded live at Wembley Arena, London on 13-Dec-83.
"Oh Lucky Man" vocals by Alan Price.
  

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