Animals CD, オリジナルレコーディングのリマスター, インポート
PINK FLOYD Animals (Dutch No.1 Albums series 5-track PICTURE DISC CD album in effect the pan-European issue with the disc manufactured in Italy. Complete with lyric booklet picture sleeve plus Legendary No.1 Albums booklet and stickered case. This pressing is circa 2001 and the full colour picture CD graphics are excellent - worthy of a place in any PF collection)
Although not in the same vein as the deliciously hallucinogenic earlier Floyd works such as Ummagumma and Dark Side of the Moon, Animals is innovative and musically diverse in its own right. Inspired in part by George Orwell's political fable Animal Farm, Roger Waters condemns the avarice and inequalities of capitalism, metaphorically and musically grouping humans as pigs, dogs, and sheep. The pigs are self-righteous hypocrites inflicting their beliefs on everyone else, the dogs greedy money-grabbers, and the sheep witless followers. Dark, cynical, and brilliantly composed, Animals is an ingenious and under-acknowledged album. --Naomi Gesinger
その意味でこの作品は、所謂ロックバンドのアンサンプルでシンプル且つソリッドに奏でられ、始めと終りにくる 「空飛ぶ豚」 以外の３曲は、長尺でありながら構成がよく練りこまれ、だれる事がありません。 特にデイヴのギターが全篇冴えまくり圧巻ともいえる出来。
さて歌詞ですが、訳詩を読むと、まるで身を切るような、あるいは 「かさぶた」 をジワッとゆっくり剥ぎ取っていくような、自虐的な詩の世界がこの作品から芽吹き始めた気がします。この後でしたっけ、実際に観客に唾を吐きかけたのは。
この作品はまだロックバンドの体をなしてはいるが、正直言って、次の "The Wall" 以降のロジャー参加、ソロアルバムは、私にはキツイ。
"The Wall" では、リック・ライトを嫌い解雇までして自分好みの音にこだわる。 否、その頃になると、もはやロジャーにとってバンドすら不要、 ステージに上がるのならその都度メンバーを集めればよい、そこまで考えていた、と私は思います。
しかし彼の過誤は、デビッド・ギルモアという派手なテクニックこそないが、多様なプレイをソツなくこなし、そしてなにより 「ピンクフロイド・サウンド」 を唯一体現できる有能なギタリストを手放した事です。
”Animals” はバラバラに離れかけていたメンバーが、 かろうじてロックバンドとしての体裁を整えていた最後の作品でしょう。
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.
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.
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
After all the huff and puff of Wish You Were Here,Animals settles down to some straightforward Roger Waters bile at society.
The album is essentially tracks form an abandoned concept album based on Orwell's Animal Farm.
Waters vents on the hypocrisy and weakness of society's values and capitalism's ruthless nature,to name but two.
Gilmour mucks in with some awesome guitar licks and usual great vocal contributions.
Personally,I prefer this to Wish You Were Here.
Animals doesn't sag towards the end and its a more consistent listen overall I believe.
It has a more direct,no-nonsense approach,and a more abrasive aggressive attack.
One of the more popular Floyd albums in my collection.
3 main tracks,
1. Dogs - Great guitar work by Dave Gilmour and vocals by Roger Waters
2. Pigs (Three Different Ones)- My favourite track - great work by all the band
3. Sheep - Another great track played by the band at their peak.
I have "Wish You Were Here" and "Dark Side" also on Discovery Editions but they don't seem as clear as Animals!
I can't stop playing this on my Nano, CD player in the car and on my home stereo with earphones on which is very impressive indeed.
Buy it now you won't be disappointed! ENJOY!!
Just bare in mind being a heavyweight vinyl, some basic turntables wont make the most of the extra detail. To take full advantage, you will need a good player, stylus and seperates setup. Otherwise, just stick to the CD!
Not many younger people will know Mary Whitehouse but the verse excoriating her is still powerful and spot on.
Es gibt kaum eine so zeitlose und doch anspruchsvolle Musik, wie die von Pink Floyd. - So wie die „Alten Meister“ in der bildenden Kunst einen festen Stellenwert in der Kunstgeschichte haben, wird Pink Floyd diesen Platz in der Musikgeschichte einnehmen.
Nachdem die remasterte Version von "Animals" bei vielen Händlern in Vinyl nicht mehr zu bekommen war, habe ich es bei Amazon versucht und siehe da, schon nach wenigen Tagen kam der Postbote vorbei. Gut verpackt, wie immer und in top Qualität. Die Vinyl-LP ist absolut plan, hat keine Wischer oder Kratzer, keinerlei knacksen und einen absolut sauberen Klang. Für mich sind all das Kriterien, die zu einer klaren Kaufempfehlung führen. Daher vergebe ich hier 5 Sterne.