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.