(This is a huge boxset, with a lot of different little sections.
If you weren’t fortunate enough to hear
this music when it first appeared in the mid-60s, you will never know
the extremes of its magic. I remember “She’s Not There” coming over the
family radio one cold morning and it completely putting a spell on me
and my unsuspecting brother. As we dressed for school, the DJ said it
was by the Zombies and I thought, “Of course, it sounds like the
Zombies”. I don’t know what my brother thought.
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Their music was ethereal, with a groove from somewhere else, with a
voice of rough velvet. There was jazz, R&B, even country at times.
It was great harmonies, ultra cool bass playing, with every beat in the
I remember seeing them “live” in 1965. A raccoon tail hung from the
bass player’s guitar strap and Rod Argent did a solo on “Summertime”
that was miles above my 14 year-old head, but I knew something great
was happening up there. I think even then I was impressed they would
make such an offering to this hit-oriented juvenile crowd. If a group
like the Zombies appeared now, they would own the world.
So if you missed it then, you can revel in some truly great music now,
plus you can groove on being a lot younger than me, but I wouldn’t trade
places, ‘cause I dug it then and now.
More than anything the Zombies were and are cool.
Compiled and Produced by ALEC PALAO
Annotated/Sleeve Notes by Alec Palao
Archive research by Alec Palao and Roger Armstrong Co-ordination by Roger Armstrong and Carol Fawcett
Project assistance: Carole Broughton, Bill Inglot, Andrew Sandoval, Ken Barnes, Stephen Braitman, Keith Badman, Geoffrey Weiss
Thanks to Gus Dudgeon, Al Gallico, Andy Nye, Terry Quirk, Jim Rodford, Peter Vince, Tom Petty, Mary Klauzer, Lenny Kaye, Phil Smee and Paul Conboy
Digitally transferred from original analogue master tapes
Transfers by Nick Robbins (2 track) and Rob Keyloch (4 & 8 track)
Additional editing by Wally Sound and Steve Vernon/Signal SF
Post Production by Nick Robbins at Sound Mastering Ltd
Package designed by Philip Lloyd-Smee at Waldo's Design & Dream Emporium Reproduction: Keith Phillips at Advance
Memorabilia and photographs courtesy of Hugh Grundy, Chris White, Paul Atkinson, Alec Palao, Phil Smee & the Strange Things Archive, Adrian Croasdell, Andrew Sandoval, Rob Finnis and the Ace Records Collection.
Photographs courtesy of Michael Ochs Archives,Venice, CA; Rex Features Ltd; Pictorial Press
Front cover photograph by Dezo Hoffman courtesy of Rex Features Ltd
If you'd like updates on Rod Argent's current activities visit his website at www.rodargent.co.uk
The copyrights in these sound recordings are owned by Marquis
Enterprises Ltd except for tracks 1-28 inclusive on disc 4 which are
owned by the BBC and are licensed to Ace Records Ltd
® Marquis Enterprises except Disc 4 tracks 1-28 inclusive ® BBC released by arrangement with BBC Worldwide Music
This compilation ® 1997 Ace Records Ltd
© 1997 Ace Records Ltd
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