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The Zombies return to their Herts roots

PUBLISHED: 12:29 24 October 2011 | UPDATED: 20:09 20 February 2013

The Zombies (credit David Levine)

The Zombies (credit David Levine)

A band which formed in St Albans in the 1960s is heading back to its roots with a gig in the city.

The Zombies formed in 1961 in St Albans and to celebrate their 50th Anniversary are touring the UK in November, following dates in the USA and continental Europe.


The band made up of founding members Colin Blunstone on vocals and Rod Argent on piano, plus their long-term touring band of Tom Toomey on guitar, Jim Rodford on bass and drummer Steve Rodford will be appearing at the Alban Arena on November 27 to play songs from throughout their career, including from their seminal 1968 album Odessey & Oracle.


Their latest album Breathe Out, Breathe In was released earlier this year to a superb critical reception, and the new single A Moment In Time is just one of the albums many highpoints. Written by Rod with Tom Toomey in the last week of recording, it is quintessential Zombies with delicious melodies and harmonies and the perfect balance of emotion and restraint in Colins heavenly vocal artistry.


Inspired by Laurie Lees Spanish Civil War memoir A Moment Of War, Rod was struck by the extraordinary writing and the concept of each individual fleeting moment having repercussions that resonate for ever.


Having performed a special show at Shepherds Bush Empire in May where original rhythm section Chris White and Hugh Grundy joined the band onstage The Zombies are now touring with undimmed vigour and enthusiasm.


Denied the chance to experience the acclaim and success of Odessey & Oracle upon its release, the band have returned with an album that proves that, now more than ever, they deserve their place in the pantheon of great British songwriting.



A SUCCESSFUL HISTORY


The Zombies scored US hits in the mid- and late-1960s with Shes Not There, Tell Her No, and Time of the Season. Their 1968 album Odessey & Oracle, is ranked 80 on Rolling Stone magazines list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


In a recent Top 100 British Albums chart featured by NME, Odessey & Oracle was placed at Number 32, with the accompanying comment: British psychedelia with a kaleidoscopic vision that rivals even The Beatles.


The new album Breathe Out, Breathe In is billed asa magisterial work, it is everything you could possibly hope for from the group who back in the 60s provided such signature works as the singles Shes Not There, Tell Her No and Time Of The Season and the album Odessey And Oracle, their 1968 Brit psych masterpiece.


The 10 songs, which make up the new album Breathe Out, Breathe In, are impeccably crafted pieces, the harmonies are rich, the melodies full, the arrangements exquisite, the organ and piano fresh, the production intuitive.



TICKETS: 16.50 FROM 01727 844488 OR AT http://www.alban-arena.co.uk/


FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE BAND AT www.thezombies.net


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