The Zombies - Decca Stereo Anthology
Posted 01 August 2012 - 09:18 PM
What a massive oversight. I've just spent the day listening to "The Decca Stereo Anthology" and I've been marveling at the consistent brilliance of their output.
They could rock, they could write the perfect pop hook, they could throw in some jazz grooves, they had one of the most velvet voiced singers in Colin Blundstone, and brilliant song writers in Chris White and Rod argent. An added bonus was that they were really well recorded at Decca, so that even all of these years later they sound absolutely fantastic.
Anybody else a fan of this brilliant group??
Posted 01 August 2012 - 09:34 PM
Posted 01 August 2012 - 09:38 PM
One little aside that you probably know is that the group had actually split well before "Odyssey and Oracle" was released.
Edited by cfcjb, 01 August 2012 - 09:39 PM.
Posted 01 August 2012 - 09:59 PM
Posted 01 August 2012 - 10:04 PM
The most intelligent learn by listening to other intelligent people.
The second most intelligent learn by reading intelligently written books.
The rest of us learn by pissing on the electric fence.
Posted 01 August 2012 - 10:27 PM
Posted 03 August 2012 - 08:29 PM
We were discussing The Zombies and Argent over in the prog thread.
I'll have to investigate Argent (I don't know why I haven't before, given my love for The Zombies).
I have to admit that a cold shiver ran down my spine when I found out that they had written "God gave rock 'n' roll to you". I remember Kiss covering it and mistook it for one of their god awful songs. I still think it's god awful. ;-)
Posted 03 August 2012 - 11:20 PM
Posted 04 August 2012 - 07:35 AM
Like I say, trash and treasure.
I definitely found the trash.
Which of their albums would you recommend?
Posted 04 August 2012 - 01:53 PM
A lot of people love 'God Gave....." and "Hold Your Head Up" - but they were pitched for commercial rather than artistic success. The latter, I suspect, was to tap into the stoner market that made ' INNA GADDA DA VIDA" such a monster. You have to picture them in the live context with a swarm of stoned college kids having a great night out, but you would need a similar inhalant boost to get the same kick now.
Perhaps it is telling that those two singles were later co-opted by the Christian music scene as exemplars of good clean values- good grief- roll another number indeed!
The live albums are hard to find, but have some great moments, but really, get on your server and try before you buy.
Either way, you must hear 'LIAR'- still thrilling in it's restraint, all these years later.