Remastered re-release of the tenth full-length studio album by legendary British Progressive Rock band.
The album was recorded at the band's Britannia Row Studios in London throughout 1976, and was produced by the band. It continues the longform compositions that made up their previous works, including "Wish You Were Here" (1975).
Lyrically, "Animals" is a concept album that provides a scathing critique of the social-political conditions of late 1970s Britain, and presents a marked change in musical style from their earlier work. Its production was punctuated by early signs of tension within the band, which would later culminate in keyboardist Richard Wright leaving the band.
Of all of the classic-era Pink Floyd albums, "Animals" is the strangest and darkest, a record that's hard to initially embrace yet winds up yielding as many rewards as its equally nihilistic successor, "The Wall". Arriving after the warm-spirited (albeit melancholy) "Wish You Were Here", the shift in tone comes as a bit of a surprise, and there are even less proper songs here than on either "Wish You Were Here" or "Dark Side Of The Moon". "Animals" is all extended pieces, yet it never drifts - it slowly, ominously works its way toward its destination.
For an album that so clearly is Waters', David Gilmour's guitar dominates thoroughly, with Richard Wright's keyboards rarely rising above a mood-setting background (such as on the intro to "Sheep"). This gives the music, on occasion, immediacy and actually heightens the dark mood by giving it muscle. It also makes "Animals" as accessible as it possibly could be, since it surges with bold Blues Rock guitar lines and hypnotic Space Rock textures. Through it all, though, the utter blackness of Waters' spirit holds true, and since there are no vocal hooks or melodies, everything rests on the mood, the near-nihilistic lyrics, and Gilmour's guitar. These are the kinds of things that satisfy cultists, and it will reward their attention - there's just no way in for casual listeners.
The album received positive reviews from critics and was commercially successful, reaching number two in the UK, and three in the US. number 2 and 3 in the UK and US, respectively. Thanks to the album and the band's back catalogue, noted The Guinness Book of British Hit Albums, "Pink Floyd bested ABBA for most weeks on chart (in 1977), 108 to 106". Since its release, "Animals" has sold over 5 million copies worldwide.
Remastered from the original analogue tapes 180 g vinyl, issued in a gatefold sleeve with a cardboard inner sleeve, which has rounded corners, printed with lyrics and details.
Pink Floyd Music Ltd./Parlophone Records Ltd. a Warner Music Group Company, 1977/2016 (PFRLP10 / 0190295996963). Made in Holland.
1. Pigs On The Wing 1 1:26
2. Dogs 17:05
3. Pigs (Three Different Ones) 11:26
4. Sheep 10:19
5. Pigs On The Wing 2 1:29
Total playing time: 41:45 min.