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Eric Burdon

September 4th, 2014

Birth Name:
Eric Victor Burdon

Eric Burdon


Years Active:
'60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Eric Burdon


As the lead singer of the Animals, Eric Burdon was one of the British Invasion's most distinctive vocalists, with a searingly powerful blues-rock voice. When the first lineup of the group fell apart in 1966, Burdon kept the Animals' name going with various players for a few years. Usually billed as Eric Burdon & the Animals, the group was essentially Burdon's vehicle, which he used to purvey a far more psychedelic and less R&B-oriented vision. Occasionally he came up with a good second-division psychedelic hit, like “Sky Pilot”; more often, the music was indulgent, dating it almost immediately. Burdon's real triumphs as a solo artist came at the beginning of the '70s, when he hooked up with a bunch of L.A. journeyman soul/funksters who became his backing band, War. Recording three albums' worth of material in the year or two that they were together, the Burdon/War records could ramble on interminably, and would have benefited from a lot of editing. But they contained some spacy funkadelia of real quality, especially their number three hit single “Spill the Wine,” which was almost recorded as an afterthought in the midst of sessions dominated by exploratory jams. Eric Burdon & War were already big stars on record and stage when Burdon, for reasons unclear to almost everyone, quit the band in 1971. War defied expectations and became even bigger when left to their own devices; Burdon, after recording an album with veteran bluesman Jimmy Witherspoon, cut a series of generally desultory solo albums. He recorded off and on after that, at times with the Animals, but has never come close to reaching the heights of his work with the early Animals and War. Burdon was always a riveting live performer, though, and he continued to tour with various incarnations of the Animals and as a solo act, branching out as a painter and author as well, and working in the studio when it suited him.

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Top Songs

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Spill the Wine Best of War 4:51 $1.29
Spill the Wine Best of Eric Burdon & W.. 4:04 $0.99
Spill the Wine Animals' Greatest Hits 5:00 $0.99
House of the Rising Sun Animals' Greatest Hits 4:41 $0.99
San Francisco Nights 60s Hits 3:54 $0.99
House of the Rising Sun (Live) Raw In Holland '13 (Liv.. 5:22 $1.29
Spill the Wine (Live) Raw In Holland '13 (Liv.. 5:51 $1.29
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (L.. Raw In Holland '13 (Liv.. 6:12 $1.29
When I Was Young (Live) Raw In Holland '13 (Liv.. 4:25 $1.29
Spill the Wine (From the Movie Boogi.. Most Awesome Mixtape In the.. 5:02 $0.99
Tobacco Road '60s Hit Songs and Deep.. 4:25 $0.99
Don't Bring Me Down Music of the 60's 3:16 $0.69
Gin House Blues Music of the 60's 4:38 $0.69
What Am I Living For (Original Demo) Music of the 60's 3:13 $0.69
Maudie Music of the 60's 4:04 $0.69
Sweet Little Sixteen Music of the 60's 3:07 $0.69
Pretty Thing Music of the 60's 2:39 $0.69
Big Boss Man Music of the 60's 3:46 $0.69
Cheating Music of the 60's 2:25 $0.69
Squeeze Her, Tease Her Music of the 60's 2:58 $0.69
Boom Boom Music of the 60's 3:49 $0.69
I Just Wanna Make Love to You Music of the 60's 3:47 $0.69
Mama Told Me Not to Come Music of the 60's 2:16 $0.69
I Put a Spell on You (Original Demo) Music of the 60's 2:56 $0.69
Help Me Girl Music of the 60's 2:35 $0.69

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