1-6-09 The Zombies
ZOMBIES, THE KNIGHT RIDING (Collection) KNIGHT
CD 1990 14 TRK Collection (60's recordings)
ZOMBIES, THE ODESSEY AND ORACLE DATE
LP 1968 12 TRKS 2nd cover, re-issue
ZOMBIES, THE ODESSEY AND ORACLE IMPERIAL JPN TECI-21220
CD 1968 28 TRKS ('04 issue) kami sleeve (14 x bonus tracks, both mono & stereo versions)
ZOMBIES, THE ROCK ROOTS (Collection) DECCA AUS VMP 1018
LP 1975? 16 TRK Collection (60's recordings)
ZOMBIES, THE SHE'S NOT THERE / TELL HER NO
7" 1970? 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, re-issue
ZOMBIES, THE TIME OF THE SEASON / FRIENDS OF MINE EPIC/SONY JPN 06.5P-43
7" 1969? 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, re-issue
Always a bone of contention – whether or not I like The Zombies. Yes, I like The Zombies. As you can see, I have enough Zombies for a casual fan; a proper CD & LP for their acknowledged meisterwerk, “Odessey And Oracle” and all of their charting singles, as well as both a collection LP & CD covering their Decca era. I am not intended audience for a 5CD Zombies boxed set.
At some point in the 1990’s, it became decided that “Odessey And Oracle” was somehow under-rated, hence resulting in it becoming over-rated (in my humble opinion) – a similar scenario to Love’s “Forever Changes” (in the 80’s). I like “Odessey And Oracle” a lot, but I do not consider it to be any more important than, say, “
In short, “Odessey And Oracle” has already received it’s fair due, with critical re-appraisal – and a new multiple-disc re-mastered CD issue. And the pop music history books have now been re-written to include it. I suspect the reason it was initially ‘left out’ of any assessment of pop music was it’s failure to chart in
More recently, I have become interested in Rod Argent’s work after The Zombies, notably his group simply called Argent. Everybody known their big hit, “Hold Your Head Up”, a very decent early 70’s hit single. I have a couple of their LP’s, and their “Best Of” (“Anthology”) CD.
And let’s not forget the wonderful work Colin Blunstone did with Dave Stewart (the keyboard player from Egg) – I love Gaskin & Stewart’s stuff! So, please – no more teasing me about how I don’t like or respect The Zombies!