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The Zombies And Beyond

The Zombies Audio CD
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Aside from the Beatles and perhaps the Beach Boys, no mid-'60s rock group wrote melodies as gorgeous as those of the Zombies. Dominated by Colin Blunstone's breathy vocals, choral backup harmonies, and Rod Argent's shining jazz- and classical-influenced organ and piano, the band sounded utterly unique for their era. Indeed, their material -- ... Read more in Amazon's The Zombies Store

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  • Audio CD (26 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B0018OGF8S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,921 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Time Of The Season
2. She's Not There
3. Tell Her No
4. Summertime
5. Indication
6. I Love You
7. This Will Be Our Year
8. A Rose For Emily
9. Friends Of Mine
10. I Don't Believe In Miracles - Colin Blunstone
11. Say You Don't Mind - Colin Blunstone
12. Caroline Goodbye - Colin Blunstone
13. Old And Wise - Rod Argent
14. What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted - Colin Blunstone, Dave Stewart
15. God Gave Rock And Roll To You - Argent
16. Hold Your Head Up - Rod Argent
17. Keep On Rollin' - Rod Argent
18. Pleasure - Rod Argent
19. I Want To Fly
20. Southside Of The Street

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BBC Review

Now reformed with as many of the original members as possible, the boys from St Albans are finally getting the props they deserve. For too long only a few seemed to remember that this quintet were far more than another Beatle-booted beat combo from the home counties. The combination of Colin Bluntstone's breathy, androgynous sigh, Rod Argent's sparkling keys and Chris White's assured writing made for a brief career that yielded few hits but lived on for long in the minds of those in the know.

Zombies And Beyond compiles the greatest moments from their band days and also adds the cream of the solo projects that followed. The Zombies material is the safest place to start. The band hit paydirt early with She's Not There in 1964. Argent's Fender Rhodes grooviness lifts it into a place that few other bands of the time could match. The follow-up (also here), Tell Her No, was also a smash in the US, but three years later things were falling apart. They recorded what is now regarded as one of the defining albums of the psychedelic era, Odessey And Oracle, only to split before its release. Four of its key tracks are here including the posthumous hit, The Time Of The Season. The single's success just rubbed salt into the wounds and the members went their separate ways.

Rod Argent formed Argent whose two biggest smashes (Hold Your Head Up and God Gave Rock And Roll To You) are present and correct. Bluntsone had a reasonably successful solo career. His greatest song I Don't believe In Miracles still rings sweetly, though purists are warned that it's a re-recorded version on this album. His 1980 version of What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted (with Canterbury legend, Dave Stewart) was the last any of the band saw of chart success though he also contributed to various prog monstrosities by the Alan Parsons Project. Now reunited/undead (in part at least), anyone who has yet to experience the joys of this distinctly English group has a chance to catch up. --Chris Jones

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These Zombies sound very much alive. 6 Jun 2008
By Armchair Pundit VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This sadly overlooked and neglected group (formed soon after they left school) at last get's the chance to shine, and I say hallelujah it's about time.
These songs by The Zombies, Colin Blunstone(AKA Neil MacArthur)and Argent have never been collected on the same album before, probably the fact that they had so many different record companies didn't help simplify things. Four of the songs on here are from the highly regarded Zombie album; "Odessey* and Oracle" (1968). That's worth a listen of anybodies time.(It's also number 80 in Rolling Stone magazines 500 all time greatest albums chart.)
Two highly regarded Blunstone solo albums are; "Ennismore", and; "One Year".
Regarding Argent I would say; "In Deep", and; "All Together Now", show them at their best.
It's worth checking those albums out if you like these offerings.
(*Trivia:~ Odyssey was misspelt on the album by one of the production staff, and not noticed until too late.)
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As for the songs on here I've played this album many times already and I can honestly say I like them all, but I'll always regard Colin Blunstones solo effort's; "I Don't Believe in Miracles", and; "Say you Don't mind", as extra special. That man has such a distinctive singing style, It was great to hear him again. (Plus 1972 was a good year for me.)
There's also two Rock classics by Argent; "God Gave Rock and Roll to You", and; "Hold your Head Up".
Zombie band members were:- Rod Argent-keyboards, Paul Atkinson-guitar (Died 1/april/04), Colin Blunstone-vocals, Hugh Grundy-drums, Chris White-bass.
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Here's what you get for your money, but not in album order.
(If; "I Don't Believe in Miracles", and; "Old and Wise", don't make you teary, you have no soul.
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By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Being familiar with the classic hit `She's Not There', I've been looking for a decent Zombies collection for awhile, so I can explore more of their music. Finally I found this gem, and have been rewarded many times over for buying it!

Collecting 9 songs from the Zombies, 4 from lead singer Colin Blunstone's (what a voice) solo career, and 6 from the group Argent, formed by Rod Argent, this is a great collection of classic tracks.

There are the `60s R&B stylings of the group output, and then in the solo work we get glimpses of where the individual members were going, with rockier and jazzier influences coming thorugh.

All the tracks are well crafted and put together, with the result that any one of them makes for a great listen, but all together they make an even better album.

If you like this then check out the Beautiful South's Golddiggas, Headnodders & Pholk Songs, for a great reinterpretation of `This Will Be Our Year'.

Strongly recommended to all fans of classic `60s R&B who are willing to explore a bit further.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zombies live forever. 17 Nov 2009
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Having seen the Zombies in concert several times I was searching for a CD that had just about all of their best material as well as the well known individual 'best' of Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent. This is the CD to get if you want a summary of over forty years of great songs from two great artists. If you've already got the Zombies classic 'Oracle' album (as I had) there are a few repeat tracks, but it's still well worth the purchase. After all, you can't have too much of a good thing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Zombies and Beyond- Mini Review 4 Oct 2010
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For too long, The Zombies has been a band that has struggled to find a voice amongst so many other singers but finally they are getting the respect they deserve in this beautiful CD which is a wonderful relaxing array of some of their music together and separately.

From the sublime, "Time of the Season" through to heart rending, "What becomes of the Broken-Hearted", it has songs to suit many tastes and paint a picture of a band that is both vivid and imaginative in their approach to music.

Whilst some songs are missing from the CD, for the price given it is a CD well worth purchasing and adding to the collection. So if you are a fan of The Zombies or a new starter to, give this CD a chance. You won't be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Zombies and more! 15 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
This is the CD that brings the sixties and seventies back to life - those songs you know but aren't often played on the radio.
The Zombies best known tunes -
'Time of the Season'and the original
'She's not there' (also released at a later date by Santana)
together with Colin Blunstone's
'I don't believe in Miracles' and
Argent's 'God gave rock and roll to you' & the classic
'Hold your head up'
20 tunes in total - definitely a must buy and listen to CD that cannot be faulted.
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