In June 1967 five young men walked in to Abbey Road Studios – #3. They set out to make an album their own way, but never expected the result would loom so large in their lives. The album lead to the break-up of the original line-up, produced an unexpected world-wide hit single a year later, and became a musical touchstone for generations to come.
Fifty years later, Odessey and Oracle will bring the four surviving members back together on stage to perform the album in its entirety for the final time.
That’s right, 2017-2018 marks the Golden Anniversary of Odessey and Oracle (yes, it gets a two-year celebration, since it wasn’t released until 1968!). And The Zombies have lots in store to announce, starting with a North American tour throughout March and April 2017. Chris White and Hugh Grundy will be returning to join Colin, Rod, Jim, Steve and Tom for the final full-album performances of Odessey and Oracle.
The second UK group following the Beatles to score a #1 hit in America, The Zombies infiltrated the airwaves with the sophisticated melodies, breathy vocals, choral back-up harmonies and jazzy keyboard riffs of their 1960’s hit singles like “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No”. Ironically, the group broke-up in 1968 just prior to achieving their greatest success – the chart-topping single “Time of the Season”, from their swan-song album “Odessey & Oracle” (recently ranked #100 in Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”).
In the intervening years, while lead singer Colin Blunstone went on to develop an acclaimed solo career, and keyboardist/songwriter Rod Argent rocked ‘70’s arenas with his eponymous band ARGENT, the legend of The Zombies took on a life of its own. Generations of new bands have cited The Zombies’ work as pop touchstones, including such artists as Neko Case and Nick Cave (who have recorded “She’s Not There” for the popular HBO series True Blood), She & Him, Beck, Belle and Sebastian, The Black Angels, The Fleet Foxes, Beach House and The Beautiful South.
Decades later, Blunstone and Argent have resurrected The Zombies, recruiting bassist Jim Rodford (formerly of ARGENT and The Kinks), Rodford’s son Steve on drums, and renowned session guitarist Tom Toomey. The ten songs that make up their latest album, “Breathe Out, Breathe In”, are impeccably crafted; the harmonies are rich, the melodies full, the arrangements exquisite, the organ and piano fresh and the production intuitive. The Huffington Post’s David Wild called the album “inspired” and said “some songs recall the haunting melodic heights of the group’s 1968 masterpiece Odessey and Oracle.”
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