Album details

ArtistPink Floyd
Album DR13
Min. track DR11
Max. track DR15
Track DR 11 15 14 13 (might not be in original order)
CodecFree Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC)
Label codeJCA 34474
Catalog number
Bar codeX798
CommentPink Floyd - Animals (HDDAP - A432 - 40th Anniversary Edition, 8Track Source), 5.1@24-96 This is being remastered at this moment in time, by Roger Waters, with an impending release on BluRay Disc. This is not the official version but if you liked the Hub WYWH you should like this. Animals One of the more underrated classic albums, Pink Floyd‘s Animals is set up like an epic movie with three self-contained sub-chapters and sub-plots that somehow all tie together in the end. This latter fact is all the more remarkable when you consider that two of the three extended tracks were actually re-made versions of songs that were excluded from the band’s previous album, Wish You Were Here. The “concept” for the album was constructed by bassist and chief songwriter, Roger Waters, who used farm animals as analogies to represent differing personality types, much in the same fashion as fellow Englishman George Orwell used in his literary classic Animal Farm. Beyond the lyrical content, the album is also very unique musically. It is the most hard-rock oriented of any Pink Floyd album of the era and is the last to have extended instrumental sections and 10-minute-plus tracks. In a sense it is a bridge between the total group albums of the past and the Waters-centric albums that dominated from the late seventies until Waters departure in 1984. Although Waters had written a large part of the band’s material on previous albums, guitarist David Gilmour had been the primary vocalist since replacing original member Syd Barrett in 1968. With Animals, the proverbial “torch” was passed as Gilmour only shared partial vocals on one song while Waters sang lead everywhere else. The album’s theme was a reaction to the state of rock music just as the new, raw genre of punk began to explode in London. Part of requirements of this simplistic new movement was to rally against artists of longevity and Pink Floyd was a frequent target of such ire. Despite this, some members of the band welcomed this new movement as a return to the underground scene from which the band had grown. (Lokkerman: journalistic tosh - this was not the reality as everyone in any music circle, knew that this album was conceived almost 5 years before release; I for one was into punk, like most, at the time but still dashed out to buy my Floyd fix - they were above the punk mantra and this also stretched to "The Wall" which contained a UK number one single with "Another Brick"...) Animals was, by most accounts, a very stressful album for most of the band, as each was focused on personnel or other interests with the exception of Waters, who happily took the reigns and molded the album in his image. Despite this, it is the band’s most sonically rewarding effort outside of The Dark Side of the Moon and consistently ranks near the top of the pack for the most avid Pink Floyd fans. Although this is not for the casual listener, for the true music lover, there is a very appealing “oddness” to this album which keeps its sound fresh through the decades. In 1974, Pink Floyd embarked on the “Wish You Were Here” tour, playing new material in advance of the 1975 album of the same name. Two of the songs played during that tour were ultimately left off that album and later re-written for Animals. One of these was a jazzy acoustic piece by Gilmour called “You Gotta Be Crazy” that was slowed down with re-written lyrics and renamed “Dogs”. Right from the jump, “Dogs” is something unique and off the tracks even for the vast Pink Floyd catalog. With that progression of odd acoustic chords by Gilmour and just the right touch of organ and synth effects by keyboardist Richard Wright, the layered music builds with ever greater intensity as it progresses through the first three verses. When the first guitar lead breaks in, it is clear that this is a Gilmour signature song, with the slow progressions through the first instrumental break being one of the best Pink Floyd jam ever. The biting and cynical lyrics are a concoction the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sol Alinsky, and Vito Corleone, and offer no counter-weight in the pursuit of pure power. At about 8½ minutes in, there is a long synth and “dog barking” section, which I used to consider filler but have to appreciate in my old age, especially when you consider how completely transformed the song is on the other side. Waters is now singing and, even though the acoustic is strumming the same exact chords, the music contains a completely different vibe. “Dogs” is also a back link from the future song “Hey You” on The Wall, with the whole concept of the bad blood “stone” being revisited in that song which introduces the concept of that album. With the outro “who was…” section that concludes this 17-minute piece, Waters borrows from the famous Alan Ginsberg poem “Howl” as he goes off into a tangent about himself in what is like a window into The Wall. “Sheep” is the other track that dates back to the 1974 tour, when it was a mainly instrumental piece called “Raving and Drooling”. It is a driving, synth-heavy piece with a wild effect on Water’s voice trailing the verse lines. The lyrics are at once violent and scolding; Meek and obedient you follow the leader Down well-trodden corridors into the valley of steel…” The ten-plus-minute song contains a middle section which harkins back to “Dogs” by reviving the “stone” theme and effect before it progresses into a bizarre section that includes a re-written bible quote spoken by drummer Nick Mason through a heavy vocoder. It then bursts out into the climatic third verse where the “sheep” level their revenge against the “dogs”. Animals is considered by many to be nihilistic, while others point to the two short pieces that bookend the album as an optimistic “wrapper” of hope. “Pigs On the Wing” is pure acoustic folk, like a slowed down Bob Dylan tune but with distinct vocals of Roger Waters. It was recorded as a single song with a guitar lead between the verses by the band’s touring second guitarist Snowy White. But in what turns out to be a rather shrewd and cunning move, Waters split the song into two parts of nearly equal length, omitting the guitar lead and also significantly increasing his album royalties as they were on a per-song basis. This move was deeply objected to by Gilmour who actually received half the royalties from his 17-minute piece “Dogs” than Waters received from this split song that was less than 3 minutes in total. Not to be confused with “Pigs on the Wing”, “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” is the third major piece on the album. Musically is where this song really shines, especially the array of key parts performed by Wright along with the sharp, biting guitar crunches and cool sound effects throughout. The song also includes the world’s first and only “pig lead” as Gilmour using a talk box for some great effects during a long instrumental section. Lyrically, Waters takes aim at those with wealth and power, in what is really an updated version of “Us and Them” but with full concentration on the “Them”. Following the release of Animals, the band embarked on their biggest tour to date, labeled the “In the Flesh” tour. This tour was Pink Floyd’s first experience with playing in large stadiums and they found themselves uncomfortable in such settings and much internal squabbling ensued. The tour also set the scene and setting for the story in the next album The Wall. That album would become vastly popular with a mainstream audience, something Animals would not achieve. Even so, Animals is a great album and totally unique among its rock n roll contemporaries. Classic Rock Review 2nd Jan 2012 Now of importance to this variant of this recording. This bit is a reference to the infamous guitar solo that folks will not have heard unless they have this version or Snowy White's Goldtop album.(true or not we can all debate): Pink Floyd’s tenth studio album, Animals, was recorded in London, 1976 at the band’s newly constructed recording studio, Britannia Row Studios. Akin to George Orwell’s Animal Farm, the album was a collection of songs named after animals satirizing different social classes in 1970s England. The categories people were lumped into included pigs, dogs, and sheep; or, those in power, those who do the bidding, and those who sit idly by, respectively. The album was also meant to steer in a slightly new direction for the band, as they had recently become the victim of many jokes in the newly thriving punk rock movement. (Lokkerman Comment - this is again journalistic b*ll*cks as the album was conceived at the time of WYWH in 1973 and played as "Raving and Drooling" (Sheep)and "You've got To Be Crazy" (Dogs) live at Wembley in'74 and at Knebworth '75 - so it had hardly anything to do with Punk Rock as this broke later. I know as I was there for both [Pink Floyd and Punk]) and Considered “dinosaur rock” by younger people, Pink Floyd wanted to create an album a little harsher sounding than their previous works. Having been certified four times platinum, the album was a huge success on both sides of the Atlantic. (again tosh written by folks re-writing history.) Besides the animal-related songs which made up the majority of the album, Animals also began and ended with the front and back halves of a love song written by Roger Waters about his new wife, Carolyne Christie, the ex-wife of Grateful Dead manager Rock Scully. Christie had gained Waters affections by being one of the few, if not only, people who could win an argument with Waters. As it was arranged, royalties for the album were given to the songwriters based on the total number of songs written and not their total length. Since this “song” was split apart on the album as two completely separate tracks, it created a bigger piece of the royalty pie for their author, Roger Waters. This didn’t sit well with the band’s David Gilmour, who had contributed a seventeen minute song, “Dogs.” This, among other frictions during the recording of Animals, proved to be the starting point for the strife that would eventually split the band apart. At one point during the recording of the album, Roger Waters and Nick Mason accidentally erased a guitar solo by David Gilmour, recorded as the link between “Pigs on the Wing (Part I)” and “Pigs on the Wing (Part II),” which was still being treated as one song. Thinking they needed to replace it, the band asked non-Pink Floyd-member Snowy White to record a replacement guitar solo. Ultimately, it was decided that the song would be split apart for the beginning and ending of the album, as it’s now known. Because of this separation, the guitar solo became superfluous, omitted, and never appeared on the final version of the vinyl release. However, for unknown reasons, the album’s 8-track release not only kept the songs together, appearing as the opening track, but also kept the guitar solo by Snowy White. THIS IS THE VERSION WITH THE SNOWY WHITE GUITAR Source: Master Source: Q8 - Columbia JCA 34474, transfer unknown. UM Sources: FloydFlush Mock Q8 Rck60s Remastering: OkAtanAdam (HDDAP-2017), TrackList: 01 - Pigs On The Wing 02 - Dogs 03 - Pigs (3 Different Ones) 04 - Sheep This is an early generation upmix but still works well giving added feel to the music. Please note: You will need to have a surround sound set-up to play this correctly. If you don’t but still want to listen, then you will need a player that will do a mix down on the fly. The Author recommends AIMP; it is free and has a great interface, which can be changed and it supports a great number of files without slowing too much. In my case 24TB. Better still it sounds good and supports WASAPI. To set up the mixdown go to Options/Playback/Transform Options and tick the box “Allow Channels Mixing”. THis is Quad in a 5.1 container with no centre/sub. Analyzed: Pink Floyd / Animals -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DR Peak RMS Duration Track -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DR11 -7.92 dB -26.70 dB 3:20 01-Pigs On The Wing DR15 -1.02 dB -22.43 dB 17:04 02-Dogs DR14 -0.05 dB -20.82 dB 11:27 03-Pigs (3 Different Ones) DR13 -1.59 dB -21.83 dB 10:22 04-Sheep -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Number of tracks: 4 Official DR value: DR13 Samplerate: 96000 Hz Channels: 6 Bits per sample: 24 Bitrate: 6600 kbps Codec: FLAC
foobar2000 1.3.17 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2018-04-21 08:07:22

Analyzed: Pink Floyd / Animals

DR         Peak         RMS     Duration Track
DR11      -7.92 dB   -26.70 dB      3:20 01-Pigs On The Wing
DR15      -1.02 dB   -22.43 dB     17:04 02-Dogs
DR14      -0.05 dB   -20.82 dB     11:27 03-Pigs (3 Different Ones)
DR13      -1.59 dB   -21.83 dB     10:22 04-Sheep

Number of tracks:  4
Official DR value: DR13

Samplerate:        96000 Hz
Channels:          6
Bits per sample:   24
Bitrate:           6600 kbps
Codec:             FLAC
AlgorithmTT DR Offline Meter (or compatible)

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