I bought this album after seeing The Zombies live in Seattle. It was a great way to remember the evening in which I was completely blown away.
The faithful recreation (live) of the masterpiece "Odessy and Oracle" is alone worth the price of purchase. It is great to hear an even better (if I may say so) version than the original. How can one go wrong there? You can't, enough said. That disc also closes with The Zombies biggest hits, "Time of The Seaason", "She's Not There" and "Tell Her No".
Then we get to the second disc, which is just heavenly. It opens with the song they usually open with live, "I Love You". This version is better than the original. The song that Colin scored a hit with in 1981, the cover of "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" is done even better with Rod than the one I remember with Dave Stewart (no offence to Dave here, just that what Rod and Colin create is pure magic).
Then it is 3 of the songs that Colin recorded on his wonderful solo recording "One Year". It is such a pleasure to hear these songs recreated live with a string section just the way they were recorded, only better because Colin's voice is stunning now. Then when you are left breathless by these, the album picks up with the Argent songs "Rock n Roll Rag" and their steller hit "Hold Your Head Up", a song that has come to hold an especial meaning for me now.
The pure joy of this 40th anniversary concert recording, is how much it covers, and how mush history is packed in here. Rod and Colin have proven that they are the best at what they do. One song I do wish were on here, but that is really not such a big deal, is "God Gave Rock N Roll To You".
See, if God gave Rock and Roll to us, then he did the right thing by giving us these talented men to play it for us.
And how cool is that? Again, enough said.