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 1,121
2 Dogs (1992 Digital Remaster) 17:04 1,042
3 Pigs (Three Different Ones) (1992 Digital Remaster) 11:25 975
4 Sheep (1992 Digital Remaster) 10:17 903
5 Pigs On The Wing (Part Two) (1992 Digital Remaster) 1:25 823

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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