The original rock ‘n’ roll animal Eric Burdon is back. The man who sang such classic tunes as “The House of the Rising Son,” “It’s My Life,” “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place,” “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” and many more, has recorded an EP with the Cincinnati garage rocker, The Greenhornes with Brendan Benson. Benson was the catalyst behind the project, according its recent press release. Benson played with Burdon at this year’s SxSW and also knew that the Greenhornes (who, like Benson, are part of the Jack White musical circle) are big Animals fans.
Burdon, who hasn’t been heard from much in recent years, is one of the all-time great rock vocalists – with his gritty, bluesy howl – and the couple tracks that I have heard find Burdon in fine, ferocious form. The soulful “Can You Win” stands out as a particular favorite while another tune, “Cab Driver,” could be a controversial one as it is a conversation between Burdon and a Middle Eastern cabbie.
The EP, which is being put out by Readymade Records, will be released on vinyl for Record Store Day’s Black Friday (Nov. 23) and then digitally on Nov. 27.