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  • Audio CD (Sept. 24 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino-Atlantic
  • ASIN: B0002MPQ5K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #149,714 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. In My Mind A Miracle
2. Memphis
3. Southside Of The Street
4. I Want To Fly
5. Time To Move
6. I Don’t Believe In Miracles
7. As Far As I Can See
8. With You Not Here
9. Wings Against The Sun
10. Together
11. Look For A Better Way

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By A Customer on May 15 2004
Format: Audio CD
'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.
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All I can say is I'm impressed. In the 60's I thought they were "average" and, to be honest, didn't buy a single album.....but just saw them live....and was blown away. Colin Blunstone has the voice of an angel...and the talent to throw it out just right....Rod Argent on keyboards is magical. Colin's voice compares to "the picture of Dorion Grey" in it's strength....thought for a minute a 20 yr. old was on stage. Amazing. Detractors beware....insecurity of the "pop" scene won't discourage real fans...Colin and Rod deserve Pop royalty, the only reason they didn't get it before ( "in the 60's ) was because of their gentlemanly lyrics......which is ( and was ) not popular in wartime ( which is all the time ). Peaceful people will like this.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Give time for their new season Sept. 16 2004
By M. K. LEVINE - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
OK, so it's not Odyssey and Oracle, their '60s masterpiece which came in at #82 in Rolling Stone's top 500 albums of all time. And, yes, the string-heavy production sounds more schmaltzy than baroque. At times it's sabotaged by a production that's more generic '80s than 1960s or 21st century. But this new one's still worth it. Rod Argent writes well developed and evocative melodies. The lyrics are grown up. And Colin Blunstone owns a spectacularly unique voice. If anything, he sounds stronger than ever, though sadly less breathless. Hey, it's a man singing - he can't be 25 forever (neither can we). So listen to him soar on Don't Believe in Miracles (the only non-Argent song here). And here's a pleasant suprise - this album builds in strength so that by the end, you're glad you bought it. Take it for what it is and enjoy.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
The Zombies -- Still the Living Dead After All These Years Oct. 4 2004
By Coloratura - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
With the possible exception of Colin Blunstone's sublime solo album "One Year," this is the best and most consistent recording he or Rod Argent have released since "Odessey and Oracle" (which is name-checked in the superb opener "In My Mind a Miracle") -- and a convincing Zombies album. If you don't care for baroque rock, you probably shouldn't be listening, but "As Far As I Can See" also delves into the bluesier side of The Zombies, where Argent and Blunstone are perhaps most musically in accord now.

For me, the problem tracks are "Southside of the Street" -- a little too sunny and strutting to feel in character for these specialists in sultry bittersweetness -- and what seems the umpteenth redo of "I Don't Believe in Miracles," a fine song which Colin has been trying to make a hit for many years, without success (without commercial success, anyway); your mileage may differ, of course. All in all, this is a classy, uplifting and sometimes moving album which finds these rock veterans palpably rediscovering their passion for the unique musical personality they form together.

"As Far As I Can See" deserves and rewards the support of everyone devoted to The Zombies and their still remarkably contemporary-sounding music.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Well worth the wait! May 15 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
'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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Bunnie Lake is No Longer Missing Feb. 6 2005
By Douglas D. Erickson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I used to run to the record store to buy their new 45s. I saw Bunnie Lake is Missing 10 times to hear them sing "Just Out of Reach." I was and still am the biggest fan of these guys! Blunstones voice is from somewhere else and As Far As I Can See both inspires and haunts me.I always loved Argent's keyboard work too! Everyone I have had listen to this absolutely loves it! What do we have to do to get these guys the recognition they deserve?
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Simply fabulous Oct. 21 2004
By S. Motley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album took some time to grow on me, but once the songs were familiar I could appreciate them so much more. Instant favorites were the upbeat tunes of In My Mind a Miracle and Time to Move. I Want to Fly and Wings Against the Sun are perfectly suited to Blunstone's hauntingly ethereal voice. With You Not Here and Together feature layered harmonies that are wonderfully satisfying. This version of I Don't Believe in Miracles is proof that Blunstone has only improved with age and Argent's backing vocals add an extra dimension.

Although most people I know rank Memphis among their favorites, I'm not so fond of the string arrangement (it sounds a little Disney) and although it's still a great song, compared to the other incredible songs on this album it falls towards the bottom. The titletrack is slowly growing on me 9 months later (it's jazzy, but slow). The only two songs that I can't say are "great" are Southside of the Street, which sounds predictable and cliche (but perfect for Rod's voice), and Look for a Better Way which is slow and draggy.

This album features a wide variety of sounds, all of them wonderful. Highly recommended!


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