Animals

Label
EMI UK
Release date
30 Apr 2001
Running length
5 tracks
Running time
41:36

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Pigs On The Wing (Part One) (1992 Digital Remaster) 1:25 1,190
2 Dogs (1992 Digital Remaster) 17:04 1,098
3 Pigs (Three Different Ones) (1992 Digital Remaster) 11:25 1,022
4 Sheep (1992 Digital Remaster) 10:17 935
5 Pigs On The Wing (Part Two) (1992 Digital Remaster) 1:25 857

About this album

Animals is an album by English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, released on 23 January 1977 in the UK and on 2 February 1977 in the U.S.

Animals is a concept album, based on the flaws of capitalism. Various castes in society are represented as different types of animals (Dogs as the businessmen, sheep as the powerless pawns, and pigs as the ruthless leaders). Although this album mainly attacks capitalism, several components are similar to George Orwell’s novel “Animal Farm”: In the book various animals (mainly pigs, sheep, dogs, etc.) represent different roles assumed by individuals in a communist society.

While singer and guitarist David Gilmour is only credited for the music of one track, the epic “Dogs” (previously known as “You Gotta Be Crazy”), this song and “Raving and Drooling”, a Waters song which would later become “Sheep”, were created at the same time as “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”, and originally destined for Wish You Were Here. Their creation process was similar to the method the band used during the late sixties and early seventies. They would adapt and expand their compositions by performing them live, and later in the studio find a more coherent form and concept for the whole album, with Waters writing the lyrics. Animals was the last Pink Floyd album created in this way, as the subsequent The Wall and The Final Cut, were primarily conceived by Waters and worked out in the studio with some input from Gilmour. Although Rick Wright admittedly did not contribute much compositionally, he had some influence on the arrangement of the songs, including solo playing on “Dogs” and “Sheep”.

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  • Walwynwalwyn

    I wouldn't put this as the best, I think that Obscured, Wish, and Meddle have the edge. A damn good album though nevertheless.

    11 Jan 9:47pm Reply
  • CountOfTuscany_

    For sure, Dogs is the best pink floyd song!

    21 Oct 2014 Reply
  • gruzzly

    pink floyd is the most badass dadrock band ever. love this album

    13 Sep 2014 Reply
  • mychemicalmusic

    My favorite album ever. Great concept, the guitar is awesome on this one, it's dark yet very groovy and overall I think it's their best album. Everything just clicks.

    6 Sep 2014 Reply
  • inthesameroom

    'Worst album by Pink Floyd, nothings happens' We can't be listening to the same album...

    17 Aug 2014 Reply
  • menswear2112

    Ah Ah, charade you are!

    13 Jul 2014 Reply
  • XoudR

    ★★★★★ [5]

    4 Jul 2014 Reply
  • kawanr

    probably the best from pink floyd, just a awesome album

    29 Jun 2014 Reply
  • mordwyr

    This is one of my favorite albums by any band, and my favorite Floyd one. The soaring guitar on Dogs takes me to a higher plane.

    8 May 2014 Reply
  • MisterJunior

    Nothing happens? What do you mean?

    15 Apr 2014 Reply
  • kanto_sho

    Worst album by Pink Floyd, nothings happens

    13 Apr 2014 Reply
  • eternal_sage

    Epic beginning to end. It is everything that Dark Side promised, before the theatrical BS of the Wall ruined their sound (and their chemistry). Everyoen was in top form for this one. Floyd's best album, and best kept secret.

    5 Mar 2014 Reply
  • theorly64

    ★★★★★ [3]

    2 Mar 2014 Reply
  • gokunirvana

    The rawness of this one, along with the "in your face" lyrics, make this one my favorite Floyd album.

    5 Jan 2014 Reply
  • AlbertoHammett

    One of the top 10 albums of all time, no doubt.

    21 Dec 2013 Reply
  • me_martine

    Best Floyd album no doubt [2]

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Rustune

    ★★★★★★★★★★

    20 Oct 2013 Reply
  • lordinfamous

    Best Floyd album no doubt

    3 Oct 2013 Reply
  • MisterJunior

    Favorite Floyd album for me. There isn't a second of its runtime I don't love.

    27 Sep 2013 Reply
  • CosmicPi

    ★★★★★ [2]

    24 Sep 2013 Reply
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