The Animals should need no introduction; this band of Newkies were one of the earliest and most important English R&B groups of the early '60s. They were never really a beat or pop group; even when they were "nice" they were still quite raw. And you can see and hear that rawness in this live clip!! I can't see for looking exactly which TV show this was sourced from, but it ain't lip-synced!! I'm not sure how they got the nod to play live as most bands didn't. Damn, is this a fantastic showing; I'm impressed how organist Dave Rowberry carries this song.
This single was issued in mid-1966 and I can't imagine it being played on American radio. It is really powerful, the syncopation and dynamics are remarkable...I can't imagine this song sandwiched between the pop shlock and a lot of the rock stuff that peppered contemporary radio back then.