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Animals [Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued]

Pink Floyd Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)
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1. Pigs On The Wing (Part One)
2. Dogs
3. Pigs (Three Different Ones)
4. Sheep
5. Pigs On The Wing (Part Two)

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Although not in the same vein as the deliciously hallucinogenic earlier Floyd works such as Ummagumma and Dark Side of the Moon, Animals is innovative and musically diverse in its own right. Inspired in part by George Orwell's political fable Animal Farm, Roger Waters condemns the avarice and inequalities of capitalism, metaphorically and musically grouping humans as pigs, dogs, and sheep. The pigs are self-righteous hypocrites inflicting their beliefs on everyone else, the dogs greedy money-grabbers, and the sheep witless followers. Dark, cynical, and brilliantly composed, Animals is an ingenious and under-acknowledged album. --Naomi Gesinger

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Pink Floyd 2011 Remasters

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "You've gotta be crazy..." March 31 2006
Format:Audio CD
Jeez, where to begin?
Alright, first off let me say that I've been a hardcore Floydian for about 6 years now (hey, I'm still a kid, gimmie a break, eh?)
But after listening to every Floyd album numerous times, I say that THIS one is the absolute best they ever made. The very first time I listened to it, I felt Roger Waters' dark and cynical mood at the time, and the way he was able to channel it into an entire album is truly amazing. Yeah, I know that 5 songs doesn't seem like alot to get from an album, but you've got to remember: this is Pink Floyd, which means that those songs are going to be easily over 10 minutes long (*with the exception of the first and last, which are 1:25 each).
Roger Waters was growing increasingly angry about the current music "sellouts" of the time, and decided to sort people into three groups: Dogs; greedy money-grabbers, Pigs; people who force their beliefs on others, and Sheep; the stupid followers.
"Pigs On The Wing, Parts 1-2" are beautiful songs with just Roger and an acoustic singing softly about 'dogs needing a home', and 'shelter from pigs on the wing'. Both appear at either side of the album. Part one is kind of like a question, and part two is the answer.
"Dogs". Bloody hell, best song the Floyd ever wrote, in my opinion. The soloing, lyrics, and sound effects all make it into such an angry song, but at the same time you feel pity for the dogs that David is singing about.
"Pigs (Three Different Ones)" is a creepy song...in a GOOD way. The keyboard at the beginning gives it an eerie mood, and Rogers' profane lyrics add to the appeal of it (for me anyway, heh).
Finally, "Sheep" ends Rogers' group of animals. I really do love this song as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pigs on the wing July 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
Wow! This album is absolutely awesome. While it is not quite the caliber of DSOTM and WYWH, I believe that this album ranks beside its counterpart The Wall. In fact Animals is somewhat like The Wall, except for the fact that it is much more sophisticated musically. The only reason that I do not give this album 5 stars is the length of the songs. I can understand 10 minutes for Pigs and Sheep, but 17 minutes for Dogs, come on. I am not saying that Dogs is a bad song. In fact, it is probably one of the best on this album. However, it does seem a bit long. PLEASE, DO NOT PURCHASE THIS ALBUM IF YOU ARE JUST BEGINNING TO LISTEN TO PINK FLOYD. First, get albums like DSOTM (Darkside of the Moon for those who are confused) and WYWH (Wish you were here)under your belt before graduating to Pink Floyd's darker chapter AKA Animals and The Wall. I guarantee that if this the first PF album that you listen to, it will be the last. PF is much more sophisticated than many modern and retro bands, so please give it a chance. You have to listen to their albums more than once to really enjoy them.
As for the songs on Animals, here is a small summary of each one:
1. Pigs on the Wing: A very good, small intro for the three songs following it. The acoustics here sound a lot like Wish You Were Here, the cover song for the album of the same title. The lyrics here are nice but a little confusing. You will understand them by the end of the album.
2. Dogs: An extremely good song. The guitar here really demonstrates Gilmour coming into his own. This is the beginning of great PF guitar songs that would peak at The Wall's Comfortably Numb.
3. Pigs (Three Different Ones): Great song. However, the pig sounds throughout it are somewhat scary, as they seem to pop out in unlikely places.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Animals: A Ferociously Great Album Sept. 14 2003
Format:Audio CD
Animals, as many other people have said in their reviews, is terribly underrated as an album. Containing many long tracks, Animals is an album focused on current events at the time of it's release. The album contained lyrics that compared animals, such as sheep and pigs, to humans. Animals portrays humans as capitalistic and greedy. Roger Waters wrote the majority of Animals.
A very dark album, Animals only has 5 tracks, but the length of these tracks makes up for the shortage of tracks on it.
"Pigs on the Wing (Parts 1 and 2)" is sung by Roger Waters. It is a very nice song. "Dogs", which is my favourite song on Animals, and one of my favourite all-time Floyd songs, features great guitar riffs, chords, solos, and melodies by David Gilmour. My dog usually barks when he hears the song "Dogs" because of the sounds of the dogs in the background. Then he freaks out barking when he hears the distorted and modified sounds of dogs barking, done by sound effects. "Dogs" is 17 minutes of great music, with Gilmour taking the lead vocals for the majority of the song. Special keyboarding is done in "Dogs" by Rick Wright, who does some more outer-space keyboard sounds. I have to say this again: David Gilmour's guitar is just too good throughout Animals and especially "Dogs". "Pigs (Three Different Ones)" is a very depressing sort of song, with wierd, grim noises but cool sound effects. It's a great 11 minute and a half song that ends with (once again) a sweet David guitar solo. "Sheep", a 10 minute and a half song, is another AWESOME song with (sorry, BUT IT'S TRUE!) great guitar throughout. Pink Floyd is written all over "Sheep".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Husband loved it!!
Published 21 days ago by Beverly Lepine
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm in the minority, but this is my favourite Pink Floyd album
I have a very soft spot for this album. It was the first thing I had ever heard by Pink Floyd and I loved it from the start. I was 17 years old and heard this on the radio. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Steven Aldersley
5.0 out of 5 stars This is listening beauty at it's most splendor.
The enjoyment of listening to Pink Floyd. It's unexplainably exquisite and very interesting album,I prefer this is the good making album. PINK FLOYD!!!!!
Published 20 months ago by henry kejick
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh my. Roger's mad about something., October 6, 2007
Pink Floyd - Animals
Oh my. Roger's mad about something.

Starting with DARKSIDE, Roger Waters began to gradually assume control of Pink Floyd, a reality of life... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Mike London
5.0 out of 5 stars The Down Fall of the Floyd
Maybe their fame was already eating away at them or they were just growing old or all that money and its excesses. Read more
Published on Dec 22 2011 by TDN
5.0 out of 5 stars ANIMALS finally sounds great!!!
After many re-issues with no improvement in sound PINK FLOYD's / ANIMALS finally sounds excellent.
James Guthrie and Co. Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2011 by r. f.
4.0 out of 5 stars One Star Taken Away
Animals is a 5 Star Record, but I did not find much of a difference in the sound between the 1992 remastered CD & 2011 remastered edition (they could have cranked up the volume). Read more
Published on Oct. 2 2011 by Meesha The Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars Floyd at is best
While there are songs from other Pink Floyd albums that get a lot more play, I thik this is one of their best.
Published on Dec 31 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Not only Pink Floyd's best album, but the best album EVER written!
With two chart topping albums in a row under their belt, the pressure was on for Pink Floyd to deliver again, and they did. Read more
Published on June 5 2008 by Ryan Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars pitchfork media
It begins somewhere for everyone. There's the first song that grabs your attention and seizes the imagination, the first album that demonstrates such overall strength and... Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2008 by T. Bigney
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