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The “Odessey”: The Zombies in Words and Images

To mark the 50th anniversary of the recording of their classic Odessey and Oracle album, The Zombies have assembled an eclectic collection of rare and unseen photos, original artwork, and personal memories that offer readers an intimate snapshot of one of the more influential bands to emerge from the UK music scene of the 1960s.

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The superbly illustrated book includes handwritten lyrics for 22 songs. From early hits “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No,” through every song on Odessey and Oracle—including the hit single “Time of the Season” —and all the way up to today, each selection is accompanied by a running oral history by original band members Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone, Chris White and Hugh Grundy.

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Renowned artist Terry Quirk, who created the look of Odessey and Oracle, designed the book’s cover and contributed new artwork throughout, while Vivienne Boucherat created a unique piece of art to accompany each of the 22 songs. Additionally, The Odessey is rich with reflections from music journalists, friends and fans, including Tom Petty, who wrote the foreword, Brian Wilson, Carlos Santana, Susanna Hoffs, Paul Weller, Graham Nash, Clive Davis, Nate Ruess of FUN and members of Cage the Elephant and Beach House.

 

 

 

 

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The Zombies – Still Got That Hunger

Reunited, The Zombies are back with a U.S. tour underway and a new album, Still Got That Hunger that drops next Friday October 9th.  Still Got That Hunger features a new version of their 1965 single “I Want You Back Again” along with nine brand new songs!

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A centerpiece of The Zombies tour is the performance of the superlative album, Odessey and Oracle in its entirety. I’ve seen The Zombies play pieces of this cult classic live in concert before but not with the four original members and a backing band.

Enthusiastic to see them live on Oct 13th, in Ridgefield, CT at The Ridgefield Playhouse. Hopefully I will be able to buy a couple of autographed recordings that night for my collection 😉

The Zombies Reunite for Odessey & Oracle Tour

I just love The Zombies musical group. I first saw The Zombies perform on the opening night of their U.S. Tour on February 6, 2004 at The Palace Theatre in Stamford, Connecticut. They knocked me out with their performance. I was amazed at Colin Blunstone’s vocal range. He sounded just like the studio recordings he made in 1964 and 1965.

Rod Argent was vivacious on stage, playing the keyboards with great command. When The Zombies switched gears and played the Argent hits, “Hold Your Head Up” and “God Gave Rock and Roll To You” I was totally psyched.

It would be eight years before I would see The Zombies play live again. This time it was a more intimate setting and free! We caught The Zombies at the Mohegan Sun Wolf’s Den on August 8th, 2012 in Uncasville, CT. My earlier blog post about that concert experience is available here.

I read with zeal that The Zombies are returning to the U.S. shores in the fall to perform Odessey & Oracle in its entirety with the four remaining Zombies who recorded that classic album.

Here is the Zombies’ teaser announcement:

ANNOUNCEMENT: USA, this has been a long time coming.

It has been 5 decades since the original Zombies’ line-up last toured the States. Our final album together was released in 1968, but we never got a chance to perform it live for our American fans.

Starting on September 30th in Dallas, that is all going to change!!!!

That’s right! The Zombies are returning to the USA, and bringing some special friends – the incredible Chris White and Hugh Grundy – to perform “Odessey & Oracle” in its entirety! The original line-up (minus the sorely-missed Paul Atkinson) will join the current line-up for a very special evening of Zombies music, past and present. Whether you missed us in the 1960’s, or just discovered us yesterday, we hope you can join us on this journey today!

Here’s a sneak peek at the tour schedule (and we hope to add a couple shows more if we can!). Stay tuned for ticket information – most shows will go on sale this week.

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It just so happens there is a Connecticut concert date on the itinerary, Tuesday October 13th at The Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield CT. I’d love to see them live in concert again. The Zombies have a special magic when they perform live.

In addition to the reunion tour, The Zombies hope to release their next studio album, the follow-up to 2011’s Breathe Out, Breathe In, in the fall. Terry Quirk, the artist/illustrator of Odessey & Oracle  is creating the album art for that upcoming sixth album, Still Got That Hunger. I’d love to pick that recording up after the show 🙂

This video recorded at SXSW’s 5th Avenue Studio in Austin, TX this year will give you a taste of The Zombies fall lineup and perhaps the next album 😉

Baroque Pop

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Baroque pop is a form of music that conflates rock ‘n roll with classical. Two of the most popular baroque pop albums in recording history are 1966’s Pet Sounds and 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.  Many believe that the sound was pioneered by The Zombies with the release of their first single, “She’s Not There”, in 1964.

I love the baroque sound The Rolling Stones forged on the tracks, “Ruby Tuesday“, “Lady Jane“, “Play With Fire” and “As Tears Go By“.

The Beatles created a wonderful baroque classic in  “Eleanor Rigby“.

Another one of my favorite baroque pop recordings is “Everyone” by Van Morrison from the classic Moondance album.

What is your favorite baroque pop song? Perhaps you could share that with the readership as a comment to this post. 🙂

The Zombies Live at The Wolf Den

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 🙂

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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.”

ArtworkThey 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.

The Zombies – Mohegan Sun Wolf Den

Wolf Den at Mohegan SunWe are looking forward to seeing The Zombies tonight at the Mohegan Sun Wolf Den.

Here they are performing “Time of the Season” on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

It just so happens today, August 7th is the release date of their new CD/DVD, Live In Concert At Metropolis Studios. Please enjoy this well written review of their live concert product here.

I hope to buy a copy tonight at the show and get it signed for my collection 😉

The Zombies Still Going Strong

The music of our heart is in harmony with how music affects our sense of well-being. Music is representative of an era in time that makes us happy and complete. The Zombies were part of such a time, the second wave of the British Invasion bands in the 60s. They created a unique sound led by Rod Argent on keyboards/vocals and Colin Blunstone on vocals that calls to a special place inside every time I hear their timeless hits. (She’s Not There, Time of the Season)

Thankfully, The Zombies continue to perform and they sound fantastic live. We saw The Zombies in 2004 on the first night of their U.S. Tour in Stamford, Ct. It was a magical evening. I was blown away by how crystal clear Colin Blunstone’s vocals were as he sung to us. Rod Argent was warmly genuine as he spoke to us from the stage about the evolution of The Zombies, Argent and their influence on other artists (“Liar” by Argent became a big hit for Three Dog Night …).

What was exciting to witness was how much Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone wanted to interact with their fans after the show. They manned the merchandise booth eager to sell and sign the freshly arrived copies of their first studio album since 1991, As Far As I Can See. They wouldn’t rush you past to keep the line moving. It was an intimate reward to speak with them for a while.

The reason why I am writing today about The Zombies is that they have a new concert CD/DVD package, The Zombies – Live in Concert at Metropolis Studios. Taped in January 2011, the compilation, which includes Zombies hits, interviews and post-show reception footage, will be available on August 7th, or you can pre-order it here.

The Zombies will also be playing at the Mohegan Sun Wolf’s Den on that same day August 7th, 2012. We are looking forward to that engagement, perhaps I’ll buy and have them sign The Zombies – Live in Concert at Metropolis Studios that day. 😉

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