Entry count: 3716
Name a better cover in the history of music

The Animals

House Of The Rising Sun

Released: June 18th, 1964

Tracks The Animals Bob Dylan

The events we write about at Gaslight Records happened in some form or another 50 years ago to the day. Roll along with us and imagine you are back in 1969.

Support Gaslight Records

Name a better cover in the history of music.

Hendrix's "All Along The Watch Tower" is a winner, sure; and Joe Cocker's "With a Little Help From My Friends" arguably puts the original to shame also; but really, has there ever been a cover like The Animals' "House of the Rising Sun" in terms of galvanising the idea of the perfect reinterpretation?

Bob Dylan certainly felt that The Animals' version was beyond compare. Dylan had himself recorded "House" for his debut album 1962, but upon first hearing The Animals' cover in '65 he "nearly fell out of [his] car seat" because he loved it so much. In fact, Dylan has only ever performed "House" once since the early 60s, and that was in Newcastle in 2007 (home town of The Animals). Many have interpreted this as a nod of respect to The Animals' influence on Dylan's revolutionary change of sound in the mid 60's: within six months of "House", Dylan released 'Bringing It All Back home' and 'Highway 61 Revisited', two of his most highly regarded records; and two records that are, without question, sonically akin to The Animals' "House".

It's one of those rare 'draw a line under it' moments whereby you can look at a thing that has endured so many incarnations and say, 'Yep, there's absolutely nothing else to be done here'. Well…nothing else to be done except to slide the track underneath one of the greatest montages in film history (See the finale of Scorsese's 'Casino'), and from there, rely on it to perfectly summarise the horrific fall that awaits men without a moral compass.

Other versions of this track

More recent news

Watch Roy Orbison perform 'Oh, Pretty Woman' with Johnny Cash last week

News

October 4th, 1969: Watch Roy Orbison perform "Oh, Pretty Woman" with Johnny Cash last week

Orbison appeared on The Johnny Cash Show in Nashville

 
Mixtape October 1969

Mixtapes

October 1st, 1969: Mixtape October 1969

It's the end of Summer 1969, here's what I'm listening to.

 
Tyrannosaurus Rex released a new single 'Pewter Suitor' this week - Listen

News

October 1st, 1969: Tyrannosaurus Rex released a new single "Pewter Suitor" this week - Listen

The new single was left off the band's album Unicorn, from earlier this year.

 
'I was just about all through as a man' Johnny Cash talks to Richard Green of NME

Interviews

October 1st, 1969: "I was just about all through as a man" Johnny Cash talks to Richard Green of NME

Cash gave a brief interview recently while visiting London

 
The Beatles have released their new album Abbey Road - Listen

News

September 26th, 1969: The Beatles have released their new album Abbey Road - Listen

In the same week as John Lennon quit the band, The Beatles have released a new album

 
Listen to alternate takes of Bob Dylan's 'Lay Lady Lay' and 'I Pity The Poor Immigrant'

News

September 26th, 1969: Listen to alternate takes of Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay" and "I Pity The Poor Immigrant"

Alternate cuts of tracks from Dylan's last two albums

 
Billy Preston releases new album produced by George Harrison: Listen

News

September 26th, 1969: Billy Preston releases new album produced by George Harrison: Listen

His new album features contributions from George Harrison, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Doris Troy

 
The Doors headlined the Toronto Rock 'n' Roll Revival last Saturday night

News

September 24th, 1969: The Doors headlined the Toronto Rock 'n' Roll Revival last Saturday night

With John Lennon watching from the front row, The Doors included part of "Eleanor Rigby" in their solo - Listen

 
The Band release follow-up album to Music From Big Pink - Listen

News

September 23rd, 1969: The Band release follow-up album to Music From Big Pink - Listen

The new self-titled album was recorded in Los Angeles and New York this year. Read a review by Mike Jahn and find the group's upcoming tour dates.

 
Watch Creedence Clearwater Revival perform on American Bandstand last Friday

News

September 23rd, 1969: Watch Creedence Clearwater Revival perform on American Bandstand last Friday

CCR interviewed with Dick Clark and performed "Green River"

 
'The group's over, I'm leaving.' John Lennon quits The Beatles

News

September 23rd, 1969: "The group's over, I'm leaving." John Lennon quits The Beatles

John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were signing their new recording contract when Lennon dropped the news

 
Watch Ramblin' Jack Elliott perform on 'The Johnny Cash Show' last night

News

September 19th, 1969: Watch Ramblin' Jack Elliott perform on "The Johnny Cash Show" last night

Ramblin' Jack and Cash performed a duet of "Take Me Home"

 
Loading more