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Animal Magic (The Blow Monkeys album)

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Released  7 April 1986
Artist  The Blow Monkeys
Label  RCA Records
Recorded  1985-1986
Release date  7 April 1986
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Length  44:03 48:15 (cassette version)
Animal Magic (1986)  She Was Only a Grocer's Daughter (1987)
Genres  New wave, Rock music, Pop rock
Producers  Peter Wilson, Dr. Robert, Adam Moseley
Similar  Choices – The Singles C, Limping for a Generation, She Was Only a Grocer's, Whoops! There Goes the, Springtime for the World

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Animal Magic is the second album from the British band The Blow Monkeys, released in 1986 by RCA/Ariola (now BMG). It gave the group their commercial breakthrough after their debut album, Limping for a Generation, had won critical acclaim but had only sold modestly.

Contents

Sales of Animal Magic were boosted by the hit single "Digging Your Scene", which charted in the UK (peaking at No. 12), the rest of Europe and the USA. The album's first single, the ballad "Forbidden Fruit", had been released almost a year before the LP. After "Digging Your Scene", two more singles were taken from the album, both of which, though catchy and cleverly built, didn't replicate the same level of commercial success: "Wicked Ways" reached No.60 in Great Britain, and "Don't Be Scared of Me" chart at No.77 in UK.

Animal Magic displayed an intelligent collection of slick, soul-influenced, mid-tempo tunes. A couple of ballads offered some diversity: one of them, "I Backed a Winner (in You)", is a heartfelt track, mostly a cappella, with lead singer Dr. Robert, softly playing acoustic guitar while giving the lyrics its perceptive rhythm, where his vocals, and especially those of an aptly named ensemble, The Demon Barbers, acting as a sort of doo wop choir. Amongst the album's many gems is also a duet with Jamaican toaster Eek-A-Mouse on the duet "Sweet Murder".

In 2012, Cherry Red announced the release of a 2-CD deluxe edition with a whole bonus disc of previously unissued demos and B-sides.

Track listing

Words and music by Dr. Robert.

  1. "Digging Your Scene" — 4:13
  2. "Animal Magic" — 3:07
  3. "Wicked Ways" — 4:14
  4. "Sweet Murder" — 6:31
  5. "Aeroplane City Lovesong" — 4:52
  6. "Walking the Blue Beat" — 4:12 (on cassette edition only)[1], [2]
  7. "I Nearly Died Laughing" — 3:37
  8. "Don't Be Scared of Me" — 3:29
  9. "Burn the Rich" — 4:17
  10. "I Backed a Winner (in You)" — 2:39
  11. "Forbidden Fruit" — 3:59
  12. "Heaven is a Place I'm Moving To" — 3:05

Singles from the album

  • "Forbidden Fruit" (1985)
  • "Digging Your Scene" (1986) [UK Singles Chart: Number 12; USA Billboard Hot 100: Number 14; USA Hot Dance Club Play: Number 7; Germany: Number 25]
  • "Wicked Ways" (1986) [UK Singles Chart: Number 60]
  • "Don't Be Scared of Me" (1986) [UK Singles Chart: Number 77]
  • Line Up

  • Dr Robert: words & music; vocals; electric guitar tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9; acoustic guitar tracks 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12
  • Neville Henry: tenor saxophone tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11; alto saxophone tracks 2, 5, 8
  • Mick Anker: bass tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11; double bass track 9, 12
  • Tony Kiley: drums tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11
  • Musicians

  • Dixie Peach, Morris Michael: background vocals track 1
  • Sylvia Mason-James: background vocals tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12
  • Mary Cassidy: background vocals tracks 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12
  • Bernita Turner: background vocals tracks 2, 8, 12
  • Yogi: background vocals track 3
  • Morris Michael: background vocals track 3
  • Vicky St. James: background vocals tracks 4, 5, 7, 11
  • Luís Jardim: percussion tracks 1, 4, 5
  • Peter Wilson: keyboards tracks 1, 8; honk box, brass arrangement track 4; string machine track 6; Hammond organ track 7; barroom piano & background vocals track 9
  • Eek-A-Mouse: vocals track 4
  • Guy Barker: trumpet track 5, 7, 11
  • Morris Micheals: background vocals track 6
  • Joe Brown: slide guitar track 9
  • The Demon Barbers: background vocals track 10
  • Mickey Finn: bongos track 11
  • Dick Morrissey: Soprano saxophone track 12
  • Production

  • Peter Wilson: production except tracks 3 & 6; string arrangement except track 12
  • Dr. Robert, Adam Mosely: production tracks 3 & 6
  • Michael Baker: mixing track 3; additional recording and mixing track 1
  • John Mealing: string arrangement track 12
  • Axel Kroell: drum programming
  • Staff

  • Mainartery: art direction & design
  • Ian Thomas: photography
  • Songs

    1Digging Your Scene4:14
    2Animal Magic3:07
    3Wicked Ways4:14

    References

    Animal Magic (The Blow Monkeys album) Wikipedia


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