JC 34474 Animals
Produced by Pink Floyd
Released on February 2, 1977
UK CHART POSITION #2 . . . US CHART POSITION #3 . . .
PLATINUM RECORD (3/10/77), 4x PLATINUM (1/31/95)
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JC 34474 cover
[outer gatefold photo]
 

S ullen even by their standards, Animals is a dark, brooding, intractable slab of an album. Using George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” as a launching point, Roger Waters attacks complacency toward the status quo as a breeding ground for submission. The songs are diatribes against humanity, bookended by a pair of acoustic interludes that feign sweetness. Obviously, not everyone is enamored of Waters’ long, nasty lecture against life; some found the numbing sameness a concession to waning creativity, others a relentless dressing-down at once mesmerizing and powerful. (For the record, I fall into column B.) If Animals finds itself shy of an arkful of musical ideas, guitarist David Gilmour steps in to fill the void with his poignant commentary. His leads are easily the album’s most distinctive musical element, biting where the remaining instruments feel muted. In structure, it’s not so different from Wish You Were Here, but in sound the arrangements are stripped down to the lean muscle. Animals doesn’t make any pretense of a positive spin; Wish You Were Here offered the chance of escape, Animals the option of ignorance. Unlike The Final Cut, which was equally bleak, Animals is considered “classic” Pink Floyd. Those listeners in a meditative mood will find in this music a self-sustaining world where the air is not only breathable but pleasurable, albeit acrid. It’s a heavy trip, but it’s also intense in the best possible sense.

JC 34474 inner gatefold JC 34474 lyric sleeve
JC 34474 inner gatefold JC 34474 lyric sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. PIGS ON THE WING (PART ONE)    (Roger Waters)   
  2. DOGS    (Roger Waters/David Gilmour)   
  3. PIGS (THREE DIFFERENT ONES)    (Roger Waters)   
  4. SHEEP    (Roger Waters)   
  5. PIGS ON THE WING (PART TWO)    (Roger Waters)   

CREDITS

DAVID GILMOUR --
NICK MASON -- graphics
ROGER WATERS -- sleeve design
RICK WRIGHT --
Brian Humphries -- engineer
E.R.G. -- inflatable pig design
Storm Thorgerson -- organisation
Aubrey Powell -- organisation, photography
Peter Christopherson, Howard Bartrop, Nic Tucker, Bob Ellis, Bob Brimson, Colin Jones -- photography

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK February 2, 1977 Harvest LP/CS SHVL 815 gatefold cover, lyric sleeve
US February 2, 1977 Columbia LP/CS JC/JCT 34474 gatefold cover, lyric sleeve
ARG   CBS LP 119677 gatefold cover
FRA 1977? Harvest LP 2C 068-98434  
GER 1977? Harvest LP 1C 064-98434  
GRC   Harvest LP 4C 064-98434 gatefold cover
ISR 1977 CBS LP 81861 gatefold cover
JPN 1977 Sony LP 25AP-340 gatefold cover, lyric sleeve
NET   Harvest LP 5C 062-98434 gatefold cover
PERU 1977 CBS LP 8398 laminated cover
SWE 1977 Harvest LP 7C 064-98434 gatefold cover
YUG 1977 Jugoton LP LSHV78003  
UK July 1986 EMI CD CDP 7 46128  
US July 1990 Columbia LP/CD/CS 34474  
UK 1994 EMI CD/CS 29748  
US   Capitol CD 29748 digital remaster
US 1997 Columbia CD CK 68521 digital remaster
JPN   EMI/Toshiba CD TOCP-65561 digital remaster


SUGGESTED READING

Of course the working literary reference point here is George Orwell's Animal Farm. This was actually required reading in American grade schools during the '70s (part of our Democratic indoctrination I suppose), and I hope it continues that way (the sword cuts at both ends). Anyway, if you haven't read it in a while and want a copy, there are used copies of Animal Farm for sale on GEMMbooks. And aren't I becoming the whore for capitalism, he wryly noted...

 

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