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In 1968 the Zombies dropped their masterpiece, Odessey & Oracle, an album on par with the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's and the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds. But they never performed songs from their opus in a live setting — they amicably parted prior to its release. Forward to 2001 when frontman Colin Blunstone and co-founding member and songwriter Rod Argent reunited for a few intimate concerts before taking the next few years to reunite the band and perform their most celebrated album in its entirety for the first time. The event came to pass in March of 2008, just in time for Odessey & Oracle's 40th anniversary. Back together with bass player and co-songwriter Chris White, drummer Hugh Grundy and Darian Sahanaja of the Wondermints (guitarist Paul Atkinson died in 2004), the Zombies resurrected their epic album at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London. From the first chorus of baroque-pop staple "Care of Cell 44" it's astonishingly evident that the Zombies somehow never lost a beat. The album's sole hit "Time of The Season" plays with time-capsuled authenticity; but the swirling "Beechwood Park" is the jewel of the crown. 

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Manna for Zombies fans

If you love this band, you need to buy this one. You'll enjoy it, I promise. A highlight for me was the band's perfect rendition of "Maybe After He's Gone." You can feel the heartbreak and hope in every line of this lovely tune. Blunstone's voice has held up well and I envy those lucky fans who got to see the surviving band members (with a little help) perform this album on stage for the first time. The second disc contains other Zombies favorites as well as three tracks from Blunstone's wonderful 1971 album, "One Year." If you are familiar with that album, the live versions offered here will thrill you. "Misty Roses" and "Her Song" broke my heart and made me smile at the same time.

The Perfect Acompaniment to "Odessey and Oracle"

With a perfect complementing backing set of musicians and singers (lets be honest, they cannot *quite* do it all themselves anymore), the original Zombies breeze through a magnificent set of Odessey and Oracle, with exceptional and primitive live cuts of "Changes", "Maybe After He's Gone", and two highlights of the night, "Hung Up On a Dream", and Chris White's "Butcher's Tale". The current singing skill of Colin Blunstone is easily as good as the final days of the Zombies, and that in itself makes this impossible to miss for true Zombies fans. The CD is often priced at about $25, making the download on iTunes seem like a bargain. Listen to the samples if you wish, but know that this is as good as it gets!

Fantastic Reunion Show!

This set is an amazing recreation of an incredible LP, 40 years after its release. Trust me, this is an unqualified bargin from the most underrated band in rock history. Listen and be amazed.


Formed: 1962 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, Englan

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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 its era. Indeed, the Zombies' material -- penned by either Argent or guitarist Chris White, with unexpected shifts from major to minor keys -- was perhaps too adventurous for the singles market....
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