Animals
and friends


Jim Rodford (Kinks / Animals), John Steel (Animals), and Micky Gallagher (Ian Dury's Blockheads)
team up with Johnny "Guitar" Williamson for the very best of the Animals & many more

The Animals formed in the ground-breaking early sixties after Eric Burdon and John Steel first met at art school. Joined by Hilton Valentine, Chas Chandler and Alan Price (later replaced by Dave Rowberry). In 1963 The Animals signed up with top producer Mickie Most. Their first release "Baby Let Me Take You Home" charted within three days. In 1964 The Animals toured with Chuck Berry on his first visit to England. The group quickly became one of the most popular rock bands playing the globe. Columbia signed them and their second single release on the label, "House Of The Rising Sun" became a major number one hit, first in England, then in the US where it was released by MGM records and remained at number one for three weeks. It sold over a million copies in the US in 1964 alone. "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" hit the number one slot in America and remained there for an incredible three years in the Armed Forces charts. In 1966 "The Best Of The Animals" was released in America and became the group's best selling album, remaining in the album charts for over two years. In the brief period that the Animals remained together they produced some of the biggest selling records in modern rock music including:

Jim Rodford teamed up with Rod Argent when The Zombies split in 1968 and Argent quickly established themselves as one of the first progressive rock outfits to be titled "Supergroup". The band released several timeless anthems including the classic "Hold Your Head Up" and the recently Kiss covered track "God Gave Rock And Roll To You". In the mid seventies Jim joined the Kink ranks along with Dave and Ray Davis, his first album release with The Kinks, "Low Budget" hit the US charts with a bang and the single release from the album "Superman" also hit the US charts. Jim has remained with The Kinks up until the present day, during his two decade stint with the band he has performed sell-out concerts all over the world including the legendary rock stadium Madison Square Gardens, the Royal Albert Hall and British rock festival Glastonbury.

Johnny 'Guitar' Williamson is another veteran of the prog rock genre. His first band Titanic, based out of Norway hit the top spot in the UK and European charts in the early 70's with the Hammond based instrumental called "Sultana". The band's success was mainly in Scandinavia and the Mediterranean. Over the last two decades Johnnie has performed and recorded alongside guitar maestro Jerry Donaghue, touring Scandinavia, and also as guitarist with Alan Silson from UK country rock legends Smokie performing all over Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Russia and Poland.

Peter Barton, hailing from a different background, started performing in the late seventies. Over the last three decades Pete has performed drums with The Swinging Blue Jeans and Eric Haydock from The Hollies, bass guitar with eighties hit makers Cavern, and Wayne Fontana's Mindbenders, guitar and lead vocals with 70's number one hit band Lieutenant Pigeon, and more recently lead vocal and rhythm guitar with original Smokie founder Alan Silson. Pete is also recognised in the rock family tree as the last official bass player with legendary Birmingham-based band The Move, whose timesless classics include "Blackberry Way", "I Can Hear The Grass Grow" and "Flowers In The Rain". Pete re-formed The Animals in 1992 and has been involved with them ever since.

Here are some clips from Instinct:
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Looking For The Light
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Justify My Life

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It's Always Raining Inside

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The Animals' Instinct was number 10 in the January 2005 playlist