Song Line Ups for Animals & Herman’s Hermits Retrospective SACDs

ABKCO Records has released the song line up and additional information about their upcoming “Retrospective” Hybrid Super Audio CDs by the Animals and Herman’s Hermits. The two new SACDs are due out on store shelves next month on July 20th. ABKCO says the timing of the release date of these discs coincides with the celebration of the 40th anniversary of each group’s chart debut. Each of the SACDs will carry a list price of $18.98.

The Animals Retrospective
The Animals Retrospective will offer 22 of the group’s best known songs including 10 Top 15 singles. The SACD will include such hits as “House of The Rising Sun,” “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” “San Franciscan Nights,” “Sky Pilot,” “Spill The Wine” and the original U.S. version of “We Gotta Get Out of This Place,” that ABKCO says “has not been available for more than a decade”.

ABKCO comments that

“This compendium is the most comprehensive single disc retrospective of Burdon’s work as a member of the Animals, as leader of Eric Burdon and The Animals and as the centerpiece of Eric Burdon and War. This collection features no fewer than ten top 15 chart singles.”

Of the tracks on the Super Audio CD, 13 will be in Mono and the remaining 9 will be in Stereo. The song line up on the SACD will be as follows:

1. House Of The Rising Sun
2. I’m Crying
3. Baby Let Me Take You Home
4. Gonna Send You Back To Walker
5. Boom Boom
6. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
7. Bring It On Home To Me
8. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place (US Version)
9. It’s My Life
10. Don’t Bring Me Down
11. See See Rider (Stereo)
12. Inside – Looking Out
13. Hey GYP (Stereo)
14. Help Me Girl (Stereo)
15. When I Was Young
16. A Girl Named Sandoz
17. San Franciscan Nights (Stereo)
18. Monterey (Stereo)
19. Anything (Stereo)
20. Sky Pilot (Stereo)
21. White Houses (Stereo)
22. Spill The Wine (Stereo)

Herman’s Hermits Retrospective
Herman’s Hermits Retrospective will feature 26 of the group’s best known tunes. This will include 16 Top 10 singles including such favories as “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter,” “Henry The VIII, I Am,” “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat,” “Listen People,” “Wonderful World,” and “There’s A Kind Of Hush.”

Of the tracks on the Super Audio CD, 24 of the 26 songs will be in Mono and the remaining 2 will be in Stereo. The song line up on the SACD will be as follows:

1. I’m Into Something Good
2. Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat
3. Silhouettes
4. Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter
5. Wonderful World
6. Hold On
7. Henry The VIII I Am
8. Just A Little Bit Better
9. A Must To Avoid
10. Leaning On The Lamp Post
11. End Of The World
12. Listen People
13. There’s A Kind Of Hush
14. East West
15. No Milk Today
16. It’s Nice To Be Out In The Mornin’ (Stereo)
17. This Door Swings Both Ways
18. Dandy
19. Sleepy Joe
20. Don’t Go Out Into The Rain, You’re Going To Melt
21. Sunshine Girl
22. Museum (Stereo)
23. I Can Take Or Leave Your Loving
24. Something’s Happening
25. My Sentimental Friend
26. Here Comes The Star

ABKCO’s SACD Release Team
For these two releases, ABKCO has once again reunited several members of the team that worked on the earlier Hybrid Super Audio CD Remastered Series discs from the Rolling Stones and Sam Cooke. The team includes Producers Jody Klein & Teri Landi, Analog to Digital Transfers by Teri Landi & Peter Mew at Abbey Road Studios and SACD Mastering by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering & DVD.

Some Comments About Their SACD Program
In commenting on their program to remaster and release the ABKCO catalog on Hybrid Super Audio CD discs, ABKCO Records says

“The company’s early commitment to the SACD format can be traced back to the aggressive release program which underscored that commitment. ABKCO’s Rolling Stones Remastered Series launched in the summer of 2002 was the opening salvo in the company’s ongoing SACD hybrid release initiative. With a total of 22 titles, it was the most comprehensive one time single artist release program in industry history and part of what has become the most ambitious release program since the inception of the SACD format.

As with all of ABKCO’s SACD releases, The Animals and Herman’s Hermits discs benefit from Direct Stream Digital (DSD) recording technology. DSD’s simplified mechanism for recording and playback results in a frequency response of over 100kHz and a dynamic range over 120dB across the audible frequency range. DSD increases the resolution of music by more closely following the original wave form of the music, which results in music reproduction that is remarkably pure and faithful to the original.

ABKCO’s new Animals and Herman’s Hermits SACD hybrids, like the Rolling Stones and Sam Cooke titles previously released should find a ready base of consumers interested in collecting true-to-the-original versions of rock classics offered in a format that is inclusive – compatible with both standard CD players and SACD machines. ABKCO’s continuing policy is get great restorations out of the audiophile ghetto and into the mainstream to be enjoyed by the broadest possible spectrum of music fans.”

An Even 30 Super Audio CDs from ABKCO
ABKCO Records officials note that they have released 28 Super Audio CDs to date and with the release of the next two by the Animals and Herman’s Hermits, this will bring their SACD catalog to 30. Here’s a run down on their 28 previous Super Audio CD releases:

Rolling Stones – SACD Hybrid Discs (23)
1. England’s Newest Hitmakers
2. 12×5
3. The Rolling Stones, Now!
4. Out of Our Heads (US Version)
5. Out of Our Heads (UK Version)
6. December’s Children
7. Big Hits (High Tide & Green Grass)
8. Aftermath (US Version)
9. Aftermath (UK Version)
10. Their Satanic Majesties Request
11. Between The Buttons (US Version)
12. Between The Buttons (UK Version)
13. Flowers
14. Beggers Banquet
15. Let It Bleed
16. Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out
17. Through The Past, Darkly
18. Got Live If You Want It!
19. Hot Rocks 1964-1971
20. More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies)
21. The Rolling Stones Singles Collection: The London Years
22. Metamorphosis
23. Sympathy for The Devil Remix (5.1 Surround Sound)

Sam Cooke – SACD Hybrid Discs (5)
24. Ain’t That Good News
25. Keep Movin’ On
26. Portrait of A Legend
27. Sam Cooke at the Copa (5.1 Surround Sound)
28. Tribute to The Lady (not available in the US & Canada)