The House of the Rising Sun (4:16)

Cover of The Animals

From The Animals and 167 other releases

“The House of the Rising Sun” is a folk song from the United States. Also called “House of the Rising Sun” or occasionally “Rising Sun Blues”, it tells of a life gone wrong in New Orleans. Depending on the version, the song may be sung from the perspective of a woman or a man. The most successful version was recorded by the English rock group The Animals in 1964, which was a number one hit in the United Kingdom, United States, Sweden and Canada. The Animals’ version was also a part of the soundtrack for the Martin Scorsese 1995 film Casino.

The Animals had begun featuring their arrangement of “House of the Rising Sun” during a joint concert tour with Chuck Berry, using it as their closing number to differentiate themselves from acts which always closed with straight rockers. It got a tremendous reaction from the audience, convincing initially reluctant producer Mickie Most that it had hit potential, and between tour stops the group went to a small recording studio on Kingsway in London to capture it.

Recorded in just one take on 18 May 1964, it started with a famous electric guitar A minor chord arpeggio by Hilton Valentine. The performance took off with Eric Burdon’s lead vocal, which has been variously described as “howling”, “soulful”, and “deep and gravelly as the north-east English coal town of Newcastle that spawned him.” Finally, Alan Price’s pulsating organ part completed the sound (see Vox Continental).

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  • bambi_bones

    I love this song because of "La meglio gioventù" (2003), directed by Marco Tullio Giordana. It's a great movie, the english version is "The best of youth", and it has a killer soundtrack (Georges Delerue, Cesaria Evora, Queen, Bach, Mozart..)!

    20 Oct 11:13pm Reply
  • sls

    Last year, I went to New Orleans, stayed in the French Quarter at a hotel where the trolley stopped out front. Each of the 4 nights I got drunk and I'd play this when I got back to the hotel. Then I'd play it again when I woke up. Then I'd start drinking again.... it was a lot cooler than it sounds.

    27 Aug 2:58pm Reply
  • zoiao

    40,50,60 classic rock...

    2 Aug 4:35pm Reply
  • FoREVer7x

    Eric has a beautiful voice.

    16 Jul 7:16pm Reply
  • Aragorn17

    Amazing

    15 Jul 4:12pm Reply
  • TheBullfrog

    Timeless! www.jackybullfrog.com

    29 Jun 8:47pm Reply
  • PinokkioSpb

    СУПЕР ))))))

    16 Jun 11:50am Reply
  • Eniste77

    Einer der besten Songs der Animals

    14 Jun 4:07pm Reply
  • Pompooyman

    all time classic.

    9 Jun 11:00am Reply
  • vixime

    classic!!

    24 Apr 8:13am Reply
  • TWHsr

    You said it Pete, it is a classic

    5 Apr 6:59am Reply
  • fandermusik

    i remember ...

    27 Mar 1:42pm Reply
  • Storchel

    Love it......

    18 Mar 6:50pm Reply
  • vinicius5991

    Definitely one of the best songs ever.

    27 Feb 1:28am Reply
  • sharkk29

    This song is forever associated with people getting their kneecaps smashed and being buried in shallow graves... Casino was a fucking great film [2]

    19 Feb 9:55am Reply
  • B-AIRLINE

    ALLTIME CLASSIC

    15 Feb 12:54pm Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Great song ♥♥♥

    13 Feb 5:53pm Reply
  • Indierock93

    So great, forever and ever!

    5 Feb 1:00am Reply
  • 1nnervision

    jim morrison at his best! ;)

    4 Feb 3:52am Reply
  • mattdh12

    this puts me in the mood to gamble and shoot the dealer when we have a disagreement about who the best spice girl was

    31 Jan 2:55am Reply
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