We attended a concert by The Zombies last night at the Mohegan Sun Wolf Den. Our seats were right down front in the “high roller” section 😉 Rod Argent played keyboards directly above us. Colin Blunstone sang to our immediate right.
The Zombies are associated with the British Invasion through their classic hits, “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No“. I recall seeing the 45 rpm of “She’s Not There” on Parrot Records way back when…
Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone spoke about their five decades history which features noteworthy and measurable accomplishments. The Zombies gave us a very balanced set of that music legacy. They did their 60’s hits, then delved deeper into Odessey and Oracle performing five tracks of this masterpiece recording. “Care of Cell 44”, “A Rose for Emily”, “I want Her, She Wants Me”, and the last song was the timeless universal hit, “Time of the Season“. It was a very fun sing along at The Wolf Den 🙂
Rod Argent spoke as one of the proud parents of Odessey and Oracle how the rich production has influenced generations of musicians. He was quite fond of Dave Grohl’s quote in NME.
“I would have loved to have been in the studio when The Zombies recorded [their 1968 masterpiece] Odessey and Oracle,” Dave Grohl told New Musical Express in 2011, when asked which classic album he would most liked to have put his stamp on. “It’s such a simple record, and such an amazing album, but the sounds are really primal and raw because of the technical limitations of the time. So yeah, probably that.”
They highlighted four songs from their latest studio recording, Breathe Out, Breathe In, the title track, “Any Other Way”, “A Moment In Time”, and “I Do Believe”. I must admit the album has sturdy legs and grew on me last night.
They also featured the Argent song, “Hold Your Head Up” which was done in rousing fashion. I loved the fact that you had two members of Argent there, Rod Argent of course who truly shines on keyboard and special effects on this rock classic. We also had Jim Rodford the original bassist for Argent. Jim has also played with The Kinks and The Animals II. Hilton Valentine formed The Animals II. He now lives in Wallingford, Ct. and was in the audience directly behind us. He smiled approvingly through much of the show. I actually saw Hilton Valentine play with The Yarbirds a few years back at The Oakdale in Wallingford.
I was taken with a song that Colin Blunstone did from his days as lead vocalist for The Alan Parsons Project. Colin appeared on six of The Alan Parsons Project recordings. The selection he sang reached inside of me, “Old and Wise”. The song reached #21 on the Billboard AC charts in the US in early 1983 and #74 in the United Kingdom.
I bought a signed copy of The Zombies, Recorded Live In Concert At Metropolis Studios London.