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Decca Stereo Anthology [Import]

the Zombies , The Zombies Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. It’s Alright With Me
2. She’s Not There
3. You Make Me Feel Good
4. Summertime
5. Woman
6. Leave Me Be
7. Kind Of Girl
8. Sometimes
9. I’m Goin’ Home
10. Road Runner
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Disc: 2
1. She’s Coming Home
2. I Must Move
3. Just Out Of Reach
4. Remember You (Single Version
5. Nothing’s Changed
6. Remember You (Soundtrack Version)
7. I’ll Keep Trying
8. Don’t Go Away
9. Whenever You’re Ready
10. How We Were Before
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2002 compilation featuring the British Invasion act's entire recorded output during their tenure at Decca 1964-66, outtakes & all, presented in fresh, crisp stereo mixes, all mastered to 24-bit with only one overdub from the original mono (out of necessity Zombies' drummer Hugh Grundy rerecorded his part on 'She's Not There' to match his original). 48 tracks. Big Beat.

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5.0 out of 5 stars As close to perfect as you're gonna get for these March 3 2003
By Zub
Format:Audio CD
When the recordings of artists have been reissued ad nauseum over the years, in an effort to milk a little more out of the tape vaults record labels have sometimes resorted to issuing remixed versions or musically insignificant scraps that would otherwise not warrant release. Thankfully, Big Beat, part of Ace Records' family, has constructed this new collection of Decca-era Zombies recordings with intelligence, care and balance. In this two-CD collection is first an anthology of the recordings done for Decca in the years 1964-66. Beyond just another collection of songs though, here, the previously available stereo versions of these songs have been replaced with newly remixed versions done with utmost care and attention to retain as much of the original sound of the mono mixes while yielding the dynamics of the stereo soundstage. In some cases though, that replication is impossible in that some of the instrumental or vocal overdubs that were added to the mono mixes were never put in the original multi-tracks and therefore are lost to time when trying to reconstruct the final mix from these component tracks. These missing entities were, by necessity, disregarded when creating these new mixes except in a few cases where the omission left the remixed version harshly lacking as with the missing drum overdub on "She's Not There". To get this signature song up to snuff, the Zombies' drummer Hugh Grundy, using the original snare, superimposed the missing drum track onto the multitrack. While anyone can argue then, that this is not the "original" song, one listen tells the story. Read more ›
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When I first learned of this release forthcoming, I just crossed my fingers and hoped the stereo remixes would not be butchered, as had been the case a few months earlier with the remix of The Who's first album. Well, no need to worry: For the most part, these tracks have received the royal treatment this brilliant quintet deserves. The advertisement that each track was freshly rremixed is not quite correct: The time-trained Zombies fan's ear can pick out at least four exceptions (most notably "Kind Of Girl" and "She Does Everything For Me," both distinct drop-offs in quality and stereo separation from the tracks around it), but you will still get most everything you expect from this set. Well over a dozen of these songs are in true stereo for the first time ever, including absolute gems like "She's Coming Home," "Remember You" (single version), "Gotta Get Hold Of Myself," and the undubbed masters of "I'll Keep Trying" and "She'll Be For You." The musical intro to "I Love You," completely amputated from the old stereo mix, has been fully restored--but sadly, the "hey hey hey"s omitted from the old stereo mix of "Is This The Dream?" still are. One thing the chronological placement of these recordings does, particularly on disk two, is bring into stronger focus the rapid growth and maturation of Chris White's songwriting: Heartfelt ballads like "I Must Move" and "Don't Go Away" rank up there with any works of his British writing contemporaries. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars '60s perfection Nov. 22 2002
Format:Audio CD
The Zombies wrote and performed some of the best [and best-known] songs of the '60s-- "She's Not There," "Tell Her No," and "Time of the Season." The third of these was released on another label, after British Decca had cut the group loose, and comes from the group's final period, well-documented on "Odessey and Oracle" [especially in the version from German label Repertoire]. This two-CD compilation comes from the group's early and stronger period. Elements of jazz, pop and rhythm and blues are all apparent, both in strong originals like those mentioned above and in cover versions such as "Summertime" [a smoky jazz performance utterly unlike the later version by Janis Joplin/Big Brother, which is probably the version most familiar to rock audiences], "You Really Got a Hold On Me," and particularly the driving and flawless "Roadrunner", which holds its own with any of the R&B performances of the much more blues-based Animals and Yardbirds. The best of these songs, and there are a LOT of them, are intricate, crisp, dramatic and intelligent. Fans of "pure pop", "power pop" and '60s Britpop can hardly go wrong with this marvelous collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best sounding Zombies collection Nov. 26 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
While I highly recomend the "Zombies Heaven" Box to buy first as the best overall Zombies collection, this new CD is the best sounding collection of all the Decca-era recordings.
Fanstasic "You Are There" sound quality (headphones are a must)and this time around every song was remixed to sound as close to the original mono mix. Colin Blumstone's one-of-a-kind breathy voice stands way out in these new remixes.
Theres also a few instrumental bonus tracks that show how tight and brilliant this group was. Give away or sell off your other Zombies CD's (except for "Oddessy and Oracle" and "Zombies Heaven") and get this one!
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