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This review isn't of the music itself as other reviewers will probably cover that aspect, and I'm sure most people reading this will already be more than familiar with this album. This is a comparative review with an older release.
I have compared this 2011 remaster with a second hand late 80s or early 90s CD release by EMI Records (not sure of the exact date as it's not stated on the disc or in the booklet). I used a twin deck Sony CD player/recorder through a Denon amplifer to ensure a direct comparison on the same equipment. No equalisation was applied during listening.
Track 1, "Pigs On The Wing 1", is acoustic/vocal only. It is immediately apparent that the guitar is crisper-sounding and more detailed on this new copy, and the vocal is clearer whilst being more rounded and with more depth.
The same can be said for the opening to Track 2, "Dogs", with the addition of a quiet keyboard part that is less hidden in the background. Then the drums, bass and rhythm guitar kick in with a punchier feel and better separation. The lead guitar is also more prominent. The track continues in this vein with both loud and quiet sections being more open sounding and each instrument more distinct than in the muddier mix of the older EMI version. The barking dogs and human whistles are subtly blended in without being almost hidden away as before.
Track 3, "Pigs (Three Different Ones)", has the bass guitar playing a more prominent role in the mix without overshadowing the other instrumentation, vocals or sound effects/animal noises.
Track 4, "Sheep", continues with the same refinements in clarity, all-round 'feel' and separation as described above.
Track 5, "Pigs On The Wing 2". Same comments as track 1.
Overall this is a massively improved listening experience over the earlier CD release which presumably is nearer to the original vinyl mix, as were many of the CDs from that era, and which was never appropriate for the greater dynamic range of digital technology. I wish I'd bought this one years ago.
It’s Pink Floyd, it’s vinyl, it’s 1977, punk and all that but Roger Waters hit his peak lyrically with the dark, angry Animals, add in stunning guitar work from David Gilmour, atmospheric keyboards from Rick Wright all backed by the steady as ever Nick Mason and you’ve got a masterpiece to blow the punks away!
I still have this on vinyl which I bought in 1977. I converted it to MP3 format, but there are always slight crackles, and the odd jump on the original. As it was for playing in the car, I decided to "upgrade" to the CD and the results are amazing. Although there are only 5 tracks on the whole album, there are 2 classics (Sheep and Dogs being my favourites) on this album. This is a must for any serious fan of Pink Floyd. Very enjoyable to listed to, it seems to stand up well despite being over 40 years old. Would certainly recommend.
I've removed a star because of the cardboard inner sleeve - definitely NOT vinyl friendly! However, having said that (and the first thing I did with my disc was put it in a proper protective sleeve) the disc had only about three or four small clicks throughout both sides - a very good result!
The disc itself feels solid, not like the wibbly-wobbly thin things of the (oil crisis) 1970s/1980s, and as it's a relatively short album the grooves have room to breathe, resulting in proper bass - plus plenty of room to lower your stylus at the start of a side; ideal for those of us who have a bit of the shakes when hand cueing...
Music-wise; it's Animals by Pink Floyd, so proper rock (and the occasional swear word), but with a lot less sound effects compared to Dark Side... or Wish You Were Here. Oh, and the hand-written lyrics are readable now (The Wall ahem ahem...).
To sum up; a nice piece of vinyl, unfortunately in an LP-scratching sleeve.
This was purchased to finally replace my vinyl version . As I said with my review of Ummagumma, I'm not sure that the remastering actually enhances the original recordings that much but, each to his own. The high frequencies seem to be muted somewhat but over all, still an excellent example of Pink Floyd at their finest I'd say again that my biggest complaint is that Animals is supplied simply in a very tight fitting cardboard wrapper.As with Ummagumma it is SO tight that getting the discs out is extremely difficult. If, like me, you don't want to touch the playing surface with your fingers then you'll be screwed. I transferred mine into library cases immediately. If you are a Pink Floyd fan then I need say no more. If you're just becoming aware of one of musics greatest ever bands then add this to your collection.
Took a while but i finally got around to purchasing this 2012 remaster(specifically because there was no extra's),for me the 4 albums released from DARK SIDE.... thru to the '....WALL' are the high point in Floyd's history,4 incredible releases,arguably this is the best and yet the least talked about.
As with the others,this is a digipak release,with tight fitting CD and glossy booklet which is murder to put back in the sleeve,so annoying that EMI can be so shoddy and cheap.
But the sound quality is fantastic,didnt hear too much difference on the Dark Side release,but this one,well its there for all to hear,the clarity breathtaking,acoustic guitars to the fore more than previous releases,the drums,to my ears more prominent and if its possible,Roger's vocals even more chilling,listening with the headphones,this new release is quite spectacular.
The music was never in doubt,Floyd perfection to the fore,Roger ranting at the world,the way Punk wanted to but wasnt quite able to ,the irony that bands like Floyd were wanted dead and here they were agreeing with some if not all of punk's sentiments(although still have a 'punk' mate who spews forth venom at the mere mention of Floyd).
Highlights,well all of it really although if pushed the epic 'Dogs' with stun guitar from Dave Gilmour whilst 'Sheep' and 'Pigs' are quite sinsiter with Rick's keyboards enhancing the malevolant mood,yeh like i said ,all of it ,really.
Ignoring the poor packaging and no extra's,(the Snowy white track found on the american 8 tracks would have been fantastic) but it would still be churlish to award anything less than 5 stars
Well I had been pondering over this release for quite a while, before finally taking the plunge and purchasing a copy of the 2016 Animals remaster. Animals is possibly my favourite Floyd album, I saw them play it live on the 1977 Animals tour at the then Empire Pool Wembley an experience I will never forget. I bought the album on it's release back in 77 and still have that original copy, I never really thought any of the CD releases over the years have done the album any justice. So I stuck my hand in my pocket and bought the 180 gram LP ( I won't say Vinyl) and boy what a revelation. I haven't quite got over it yet, just stunning, I cranked it up and it just fly's out of the speakers. I have a pretty decent system, not ultra high end (in other words very expensive) but more than adequate. This remaster is amazing, crisp, plenty of bottom end but also the mid range and high end is there. Bernie Grundman as done a fantastic job of mastering this, which I also think he did with the 2016 Wish You Were Here vinyl remaster. But not so much with the 2016, DSOTM remaster, I much prefer the 2003, Kevin Gray remaster on Dark Side. Anyway if you are a Floyd fan and are thinking about this edition of Animals, don't hesitate just buy it you won't be disappointed.