Readymade RecordsThe EP that Animals frontman Eric Burdon recorded with Cincinnati-based garage-rock group The Greenhornes will be released November 23 in conjunction with Record Store Day's "Black Friday" initiative. The four-song collection, titled simply Eric Burdon & The Greenhornes, initially will be available exclusively on vinyl, and will subsequently be released as a digital download on November 27.
Fans can preview the disc by visiting RollingStone.com and checking out a stream of the EP's lead track, a blistering blues-rocker called "Black Dog," not to be confused with the Led Zeppelin song of the same name. Burdon tells Rolling Stone that the track was inspired by his recent struggle with a painful back ailment, revealing that the title is taken from a term used by Winston Churchill to describe his despair during World War II -- "the black dog of depression."
"I thought, 'That's a really interesting concept,' and that gave birth to the song," explains the 71-year-old singer. He adds, "Now I'm finding black dogs in the neighborhood that are kind to me, and I'm finding that I have no fear. I'm putting my hands through fences and stroking these dogs. It's amazing how music can make things happen like that."
Earlier this year, Burdon announced plans to issue a full-length album titled 'Til Your River Runs Dry in September, but the release was postponed to allow the singer time to recover from back surgery.
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