'As Far As I Can See' is the first Zombies album in many, many years, and for fans of the group (or of Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent), it's a must have. Colin and Rod have been playing together again for some 3 years, and during that time Rod has written a number of new songs with Colin's voice in mind. They have also gathered together an outstanding group of musicians including Jim Rodford (bass), who is Rod's cousin and the person who introduced him to rock and roll (as well as a founder member of Argent). Keith Airie is the ace guitarist featured on the CD, and Steve Rodford (Jim's son) is absolutely stunning on drums. This is the same group that has been touring the US and UK during late 2003/early 2004, and Rod believes that it is the quality of the musicians and their compatibility that made it possible to call this a 'Zombies' album, rather than simply a Blunstone/Argent collaboration.
The CD is a mix of ballads and more uptempo numbers, and without a doubt, the highlight is 'I Want to Fly,' a haunting ballad that makes the most of Colin's poignant interpretation and Rod's beautiful piano solo. The first single from the CD, 'In My Mind a Miracle,' is a piece of well-crafted white soul music, with the fantastic harmonies you'd expect from a Zombies tune. 'Time to Move' is also a great tune, reminiscent of the 60s, with a Beatles-y feeling. 'With You Not Here' is another winner - a lovely tune with a classic Zombies sound. The only song on the CD that has been previously recorded is Russ Ballard's "I Don't Believe in Miracles,' and this has to be the definitive version. If I have to be critical, I'd say that 'Southside of the Street' is the weakest song on an otherwise very strong album.
This CD presents the Zombies at their best: Colin is in fine voice, Rod plays his heart out in his classic style and there's even a 21-piece string section! Buy it and tell your friends about it.