Colin Blunstone, possessor of the most extraordinary singing voice to emerge from these shores in the last 40 years, and Rod Argent, a real musician's musician and very gifted songwriter, are back together recording under the Zombies name for the first time in some 35 years. This record is the result, and it is actually remarkable. These guys are 58 going on 59, and are out on the road in white vans, signing records for the fans like they were kids again and clearly loving performing, and the live band of Colin, Rod, Jim Rodford on ace bass and backing vocals, Steve Rodford on drums (it's like watching Zack Starkey and Keith Moon all at once, he's a blinding player) and the drinking man's guitar hero Keith Airey are the personnel for this album.
They may be touring and playing like they are 18 again, but the depth of life experience stamped through this record is what separates the men from the boys, and 18 year old kids touring in white vans being in a rock band for the first time are physically incapable of the performances documented on this record. The yearning of 'I want to fly', the lost love turning into bitterness of 'I don't believe in miracles' - this must be Colin's 4th or 5th recording of this Russ Ballard song, and it's the best yet. And my personal fave, the very knowing throwback 'Time to Move', Spencer Davis meets Ray Charles down a dark alley, a Fender Rhodes through a fuzzbox, and out of nowhere a grin-inducing Eddie Van Halen guitar solo. I defy you to review this record and not wiggle your bum in the seat when this song starts, it's a cracker. I also have to single out the great acoustic guitar work on 'Together', with its soaring massed vocal chorus, like Queen but without the pomposity, and genuinely moving.
I've probably said enough, you need to hear it and make your mind up. I love the record, I sincerely hope it will get picked by somebody on Radio 2 and successfully dent the charts.