Not only did The Zombies write one of the greatest hit singles of the British Invasion era (She's Not There), they also recorded one of the great (if not greatest) unsung albums of the late 60s. In a brief career beset by bad luck and record company mismanagement, it was typical of the Zombies' fortunes that they had already disbanded by the time Odessey Oracle entered the US charts on the back of the hit single Time Of The Season. In Rod Argent and Chris White, the group featured two fine pop songwriters and the latter being a precociously talented musician, while lead singer Colin Blunstone had one of the most distinctive voices of the period. His breathy tones combined memorably with Argent's jazzy keyboard fills on She's Not There, a UK Top 20 hit that performed even better in the USA where it climbed to number 2. Despite Tell Her No also reaching the US Top 10, the group was unable to build on this success and broke up in frustration following the recording of Odessey Oracle. Full of beautiful harmonies and hazy psych pop melodies, the album is now a classic of the period. Blunstone, White and drummer Hugh Grundy would reconvene in 1991 to record a new studio album, while Argent returned to the fold in the late 00s for some emotional reunion concerts.
Followers: Crowded House, Elliot Smith, Belle Sebastian, Badfinger, Jellyfish, Eric Matthews
Influenced By: The Beatles, Bo Diddley, Georgie Fame, Bach, Mozart...