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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.

Top Albums

The Deluxe Collection: Eric Burdon, Eric Burdon
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The Best of Eric Burdon and the Animals (1966-1968), Eric Burdon
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The Animals' Greatest Hits, Eric Burdon
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'Til Your River Runs Dry, Eric Burdon
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The Best of Eric Burdon and The Animals, Eric Burdon
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Eric Burdon Declares War, Eric Burdon
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Eric Burdon & the Greenhornes - EP, Eric Burdon
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House of the Rising Sun, Eric Burdon
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The Black-Man's Burdon, Eric Burdon
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The Best of Eric Burdon & War, Eric Burdon
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Greatest Hits Alive, Eric Burdon
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Soul of A Man, Eric Burdon
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We Gotta Get Out of This Place (Re-Recorded Version), Eric Burdon
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Love Is All Around, Eric Burdon
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Eric Burdon In Concert - Live In 1974, Eric Burdon
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Legends in Music Collection: Eric Burdon & The Animals, Eric Burdon
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At His Best: Expanded Edition, Eric Burdon
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Hot Sauce 25 Hits New Orleans, Aaron Neville
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Soledad Blues, Eric Burdon
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Live At the Roxy, Eric Burdon
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Top Songs

Spill the WineBest of War4:51$1.29
Spill the WineBest of Eric Burdon & W..4:04$0.99
Sky PilotBest of Eric Burdon and the..7:30$1.29
When I Was YoungBest of Eric Burdon and the..3:01$1.29
San Franciscan NightsBest of Eric Burdon and the..3:20$1.29
Spill the WineBoogie Nights / Music From ..4:02$1.29
Don't Let Me Be MisunderstoodAnimals' Greatest Hits2:18$0.99
House of the Rising SunAnimals' Greatest Hits4:41$0.99
Boom BoomAnimals' Greatest Hits3:14$0.99
We Gotta Get Out of This PlaceAnimals' Greatest Hits3:19$0.99
Don't Bring Me DownBest of Eric Burdon and the..3:15$1.29
It's My Life (Live)Deluxe Collection: Eric Bur..4:47$0.99
I'm Crying (Live)Deluxe Collection: Eric Bur..5:03$0.99
Boom Boom (Live)Deluxe Collection: Eric Bur..4:46$0.99
Don't Bring Me Down (Live)Deluxe Collection: Eric Bur..5:13$0.99
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (L..Deluxe Collection: Eric Bur..6:36$0.99
House of the Rising SunDeluxe Collection: Eric Bur..5:00$0.99
Spill the Wine (From the Movie Boogi..Greatest Vinyl Hits - The 7..5:00$0.99
I'm CryingMusic & Highlights: Onl..2:48$0.99
House of the Rising SunBritish Invasion '64-&#..4:41$0.99
We Gotta Get Out of This PlaceBritish Invasion '64-&#..3:19$0.99
Run for Your LifeHalloween Greatest Hits4:12$0.99
Laws Must ChangeBlack & White Blues4:56$1.29
Real MeEric Burdon Sings the Anima..3:36$1.29
We Gotta Get Out of This PlaceEric Burdon Sings the Anima..4:08$1.29

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