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Winds of Change (LP)

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With Winds of Change, Eric Burdon began to reach maturity as a song stylist. A concept album, revolving around the themes of changing morals and changing identities, WINDS OF CHANGE’s main thrust is the role of contemporary music therein. Burdon explores the history of rock & roll in the title track and pays homage to its stars with a cover of “Paint it, Black” and “Yes I Am Experienced,” a knowing nod to Jimi Hendrix. The highlights here, however, are unmistakably “Poem By the Sea,” a musing on the limitations of human existence, and “San Franciscan Nights,” a loving letter of introduction to that city. Though tracks such as “The Black Plague” and “Hotel Hell” concern sinister matters, Winds of Change is mainly Burdon’s celebration of the diversity and complexity of late ’60s life. Musically, the album is a successful incorporation of instruments as varying as guitar, sitar, and vibes, and an integration of styles as varying as blues rock, psychedelia, medieval dirge, and Beat poetry.

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Reeling from poor management decisions and inter-band strife, The Animals fell apart toward the end of 1966. Seeking a rebirth, lead vocalist Eric Burdon relocated from London to California. There, Burdon assembled a new Animals lineup, retaining only drummer Barry Jenkins from the previous incarnation. Now known as Eric Burdon and The Animals, the group immersed themselves in the psychedelic culture of San Francisco and their sound followed suit. Informed by his inaugural acid trip, Burdon led his bandmates through a fresh, decidedly lysergic interpretation of American blues. While the original group had largely performed songs written by others, The New Animals began composing as a group.

The prophetically titled Winds of Change, released in September 1967, offered ten stellar examples of this new songwriting approach, along with a heavy cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black.” Lead single “San Franciscan Nights” encapsulated the Summer of Love in what became a top ten hit for the new band (and helped get them on the bill for the seminal Monterey Pop Festival).

Winds of Change
Poem By the Sea
Paint it Black
The Black Plague
Yes I am Experienced
San Franciscan Nights
Man-Woman
Hotel Hell
Good Times
Anything
It’s All Meat

With Winds of Change, Eric Burdon began to reach maturity as a song stylist. A concept album, revolving around the themes of changing morals and changing identities, WINDS OF CHANGE’s main thrust is the role of contemporary music therein. Burdon explores the history of rock & roll in the title track and pays homage to its stars with a cover of “Paint it, Black” and “Yes I Am Experienced,” a knowing nod to Jimi Hendrix. The highlights here, however, are unmistakably “Poem By the Sea,” a musing on the limitations of human existence, and “San Franciscan Nights,” a loving letter of introduction to that city. Though tracks such as “The Black Plague” and “Hotel Hell” concern sinister matters, Winds of Change is mainly Burdon’s celebration of the diversity and complexity of late ’60s life. Musically, the album is a successful incorporation of instruments as varying as guitar, sitar, and vibes, and an integration of styles as varying as blues rock, psychedelia, medieval dirge, and Beat poetry.

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Weight15 oz
Dimensions12 × 12 × 0.5 in
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