A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.
The World of the Zombies is for all intents and purposes a reissue of their 1965 debut album, Begin Here, with a few track changes, the most important of which is the addition of Tell Her No.
The drums here are clear and punchy and the bottom end is solid. The vocals do not get too bright as they have a tendency to do on some copies.
When you get a Tubey Magical copy like this, that Hammond B-3 sound is GLORIOUS. Smooth sweet vocals and dead on tonality complete the sonic picture here.
Just for fun sometime go to popsike.com and check out what the original first Zombies record on Decca sells for. Try $1500 and up! And people think our prices are high — we ain’t never charged that kind of bread.
In 2008 and again around 2010 I had a chance to see the newly reformed Zombies play locally and they put on one helluva show. That rich keyboard sound Rod Argent pioneered influenced a ton of bands I love, especially Pure Pop groups like Jellyfish and Crowded House.
She’s Not There
Sticks & Stones
You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me
I Got My Mojo Working
Kind Of Girl
Tell Her No
Just Out Of Reach
She Does Everything For Me
All Music Guide
The Zombies aptly portrays the quintet of Chris White (bass), Rod Argent (keyboards/vocals) Colin Blunstone (guitar/vocals), Paul Atkinson (guitar), and Hugh Grundy (drums) in terms of the band’s fresh blend of intelligent Brit-pop. Their efforts are equally laudable on the strength of an original such as “Tell Her No” as they are on the blue-eyed soulful medley interpretation of the Miracles’ “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” with Sam Cooke’s “Bring It on Home to Me.”
This is stylistically complemented by the R&B rave-up on Muddy Waters’ “I Got My Mojo Working” and the ultra hip jazzy arrangement of the Gershwin standard “Summertime.” The Zombies’ obvious appreciation for adeptly crafted melodies and rich vocal harmonies likewise made them favorites of pop fans as well as more discerning listeners.