Monday, February 23, 2009

Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - Eric Burdon

This autobiography tells the tale of Burdon from his time with the original Animals and their initial huge hit "House of the Rising Sun" (for which Burdon didn't get any publishing for the arrangement of this traditional tune), through the "New Animals" with several more Top Forty tunes, his band War, who struck gold with "Spill the Wine" before moving on to their own career and many years of solo spots.
He talks of time spent with blues greats, the Beatles, Stones, Hendrix (who he was especially close to) and many others. He tells of good times and bad, sickness and health, friends' passings, business deals gone sour, fortunes won and lost and yes, plenty of sex and drugs and rock and roll.
Written in an informal style, you get the feel that this is what Burdon would sound like if he were telling you his life story when having a drink and passing a joint. He is a little bitter, but tries to make the best of things and appreciate what he has, which is still so much more than most people in the music biz.
I haven't seen or heard anything that he has done in years, but the man was an immense talent with a dozen of so amazing hit singles and this is a nice telling of his times.